Strong Showing by Southern California Disc Golfers at 2014 Am Worlds


Things are just getting back to normal on the disc golf courses around Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota after the hubbub of 612 disc golfers competing for the PDGA Amateur World Championships.  But a few Southern California disc golfers brought some of that excitement back home with them.

San Diego’s Vanessa Van Dyken kept her perfect PDGA tournament record alive at 7-0 by winning the Advanced Women’s division (FA1) at this year’s Am Worlds.  Vanessa took the lead after shooting the hot round (53) in the 3rd round and never looked back on her way to a 6-shot win.  Smashboxxtv was providing lots of live video coverage of the tournament play, and you can see their full round played at Bryant Lake here.

Santa Barbara’s Mark Hauser is a fixture in SoCal Disc Golf.  Mark has 38 PDGA wins since 2001, including seven (yes, seven!) Tim Selinske U.S. Masters titles in the Advanced Grandmaster division.  Mark had come in second twice, third and fifth at Am Worlds, but this year he took the title in Men’s Advanced Senior Grandmasters (MS1)!  After dueling with Florida’s Michael Schweitzer for the first three rounds, Mark took the lead in round #4 and cruised to a 19-shot victory.  Congrats Dr. Mark!

Perhaps the most buzz around SoCal last week was generated by the play of Robert “Robot” Smith of Fountain Valley, playing in the Advanced Men’s division (MA1).  Robot shot out of the gate quickly with a 1030-rated first round and held the lead after the first, second and third rounds.  He stumbled a little during the fourth round to drop into second place but quickly stormed back in the fifth round to regain the lead.  His cardmates picked up strokes on him in round six and the semi-finals as the top four players were all tied up going in to the 9-hole finals.  Robot stumbled on the first few holes of the final and ended up taking third place, but he was an obvious crowd favorite with his massive drives.  Several of Robot’s rounds are available for viewing on Smashboxxtv’s YouTube page.

Congrats to all of the SoCal disc golfers who made the trip to Minnesota, and thanks for representing us proudly!

SoCal Expands to Bakersfield!


At the SoCal member meeting held back in December at Prado Regional Park, many members expressed that they would like to see the SoCal Championships rotate to different locations.  You asked for it, you got it!2014 Champ logo

The 2014 SoCal Championships will be held November 7-8 (Ams) and November 15-16 (Pros) at Hart Park in Bakersfield, using both the mountain and flats courses.  Rocky Brown is merging his popular Sharktooth Open tournament with the SoCal Championships, sharing the TD duties with SoCal President Randy Wylot.  Registration will be available soon on DGU and a flyer is available for download here.

The plan for future years is to rotate the championship tournaments between different locations in SoCal, such as Santa Maria, Lake Casitas, La Mirada and north San Diego.  Doing this will require the assistance of TDs and volunteers at these locations, so be ready to help when the SoCal Championships are in your backyard!

The SoCal Championships at Hart Park will top off a SoCal Series that has seen it’s greatest number of events ever, with new tournament locations and new TDs joining the SoCal Series.  See you in Bako!\

Recent update (7/28/2014) from Rocky Brown: “Host hotel is the Marriott on Truxtun avenue. I am negotiating rooms at $69 they are very nice rooms and about as close as you can get to the course in a hotel.

Disc Golf in Pasadena Senior Games!


From Mark Horn:

“Only two weeks till the Senior Olympics disc golf at Oak Grove. Come join us or if you aren’t old enough, let someone who is know. It’s a fun day of golf on the short course and then the tournament course with lunch and a t-shirt in the deal. Call me or e-mail for more details.”

The event is on Saturday, June 21 beginning at 8am.  You can find details on this flyer.  Many thanks to Mark and Susie for hosting this event!

Golden Sombrero Series Wraps Up This Weekend


The 2014 Golden Sombrero of Ice Bowls has will be the biggesttournament logo in the series’ history.  Begun as the “Triple Crown of Ice Bowls” (Redlands, Palm Desert, San Marcos) in 2008 by Bill Maury-Holmes and Allen Risley, the series has evolved into nine charity events crammed into the first two months of the year.  The series changed its name one year later with the addition of a fourth event (Sun Valley/San Diego) to the Golden Sombrero Series and has kept that moniker ever since.

Each year the series has crowned a champion, who is awarded a golden, decorated sombrero at the series-closing event.  In the early years the champion was the player who beat the most other players at all of the events combined.  As the series grew it was decided to put a cap on the number of events included in a player’s points total, and that cap has been set at four events.  Players receive a point for each other player in an event who they beat (no points for players tied).  Since many of the Ice Bowl events allow for the use of mulligans ($1 each), some have argued that it’s possible to buy a series win.  With the addition of the Ice Bowl in Paradise in 2011 and inclusion of the San Marcos Super Ice Bowl – neither of which included mulligan use – that claim is harder to defend.

2010GS Winners

2010 Golden Sombrero top finishers: 1st – A.J. Risley, 2nd – Patrick Paramore

This year’s series has had a record number of players so far, with 318 participating in the first seven events, thanks to big turnouts at Chavez (83), Yucaipa (64) and Murrieta (64).  This year’s series championship is still up for grabs going into the final two events this weekend – the Wrightwood Ice Bowl and the San Diego Ice Bowl @ Mission Bay.  The current top 5 players are listed below with their point totals (and number of events played in parentheses):

  1. A.J. Risley – 214 points (5 events played)
  2. Danny Zwolenski – 176 (6)
  3. Chris Horn 173 (3)
  4. Allen Risley 152 (5)
  5. (tie) Bill Maury-Holmes 148 (3), Jason Perdue 148 (3)

Four-time defending champion A.J. Risley is currently in the lead with 214 points.  Since neither A.J. nor 2009 champ Allen Risley are playing in Ice Bowls this weekend, their scores will not change.  But other players still have a shot:

  • Danny Zwolenski can catch A.J. if he can beat 72 players in one of the events and none of the other top players pass him.
  • Likewise for Chris Horn, who needs to beat 42 players at Wrightwood to pass A.J. (Chris needs to hope for more walk-up entrants on Saturday, current registration is 37).
  • Bill Maury-Holmes needs to beat at least 67 players at Wrightwood, which is not likely to happen (sorry Bill).
  • Jason Perdue needs to beat 67 players at either Wrightwood or Mission Bay to pass A.J.  He is unlikely to have enough players in the field at Wrightwood, but the Mission Bay field is 94 players, which gives him a strong chance.

So don’t expect to know the outcome of the Golden Sombrero championship race until late in the evening on Sunday (Mission Bay is played under the lights).  But we already know the big winners from this year’s Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls – the local charities that will be receiving cash and canned food donated by our players!

2014 Ice Bowl Season is Here!


The 2014 Ice Bowl season has beguntournament logo and the Golden Sombrero Series is back for another year. If you don’t already know, Ice Bowls are charity fund-raising tournaments held each January and February to benefit local food banks.  For over 25 years the Ice Bowl movement has been bringing disc golfers out in the cold to help the hungry – this year there are over 200 events scheduled across the country.  Find more info here: icebowlhq.org.

While we don’t get a lot of ice and snow in Southern California, we still like to play disc golf and help the hungry, so we participate in the Ice Bowl fun.  Cliff Towne has been running the Ice Bowl in Paradise at various locations for over 10 years and six years ago, Bill Maury-Holmes created the Golden Sombrero Series – a collection of Ice Bowls in SoCal.  Since there were four events that first year he came up with the name “Golden Sombrero”, which is a term used to describe going 0-4 with four strikeouts in a baseball game.  He and Allen Risley have coordinated the GS series ever since, and this year is the biggest it’s been.  And this will be the third year with actual ice at a GS Ice Bowl, since the series returns to Wrightwood on Feb 22.

The first event of the season was held last Saturday (1/4) in Redlands, where 55 players showed up at Ford Park to ring in the new disc golf year.  After 18 holes of golf, Danny Zwolenski and Kerry Miller were tied at 19-under par, with the help of a few mulligans.  Danny’s CTP tie-breaker shot was a bit closer, so he walked away with the trophy.  That puts Danny in the lead for the Golden Sombrero Series title, which awards the winner a gold-painted sombrero and a portable basket.  Points are awarded at each event for the number of players you beat, with your top four point totals counting towards the title.

Mulligans you ask?  Yes, many of our Ice Bowls sell mulligans for $1 each to raise funds for their charity.  And all of them have some type of prize raffle to raise money as well.  Don’t expect a big prize payout since the point of these events is to feed the hungry.  But you can expect a cool (no pun intended) custom-stamped disc and a chance to play a fun round with friends.  If you’ve never played a tournament before, an Ice Bowl is a great, low-stress way to get started.

Here’s the remaining Golden Sombrero schedule for 2014 (click on event name for registration info):

  • Sat, Jan 11 – Ice Bowl at Prado Regional Park, Chino (2 rounds, mulligans, 1st-time event)
  • Sat, Jan 18 – Ice Bowl in Paradise, Chavez Ridge, LA (PDGA-sanctioned, no mulligans, 2 rounds)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Sycuan Ice Bowl, El Cajon (2 day rounds, glow round at night, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Yucaipa Ice Bowl, Yucaipa Regional Park (1 round, disc and 3 mulligans included)
  • Sun, Feb 2 – San Marcos Super Ice Bowl, Cal State San Marcos DGC (1 round, Super Class, no mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 15 – Murrieta Ice Bowl, Mountain Pride Park (1 round, lunch included, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 22 – Wrightwood Ice Bowl, Sky High North (1 round, snow, mulligans)
  • Sun, Feb 23 (tentative) – Mission Bay Ice Bowl, Mission Bat Golf Course, San Diego (1 round, night golf)

If you have questions about an individual event, go to its registration page to find contact info for the tournament director – they’ll be happy to help you out.  And remember the Ice Bowl motto: “No Wimps, No Whiners!”

SoCal Year-End Event Coming Up!


Join So Cal DGA for an 18 hole event at Prado Regional Park in Chino followed by the annual awards banquet and full membership meeting.  Early registration is requested so the proper amount of meals can be ordered.  Sign up ASAP at DiscGolfU.com: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1048

Check in 8:30am – Player Meeting 10:00 – Tee to follow – Banquet Begins appx 1:30pm.  Banquet takes place at the meeting hall and banquet facility in Prado Park.  Alcohol is legal in Prado Park, however no alcohol will be available (BYOB).  If you or a friend won a series championship this year (or came close), show up so the assembled SoCal players can give you a round of applause…and you can pick up your prize!

This is a flighted event.  Your final score will determine how you will place in one of three flights.  Minimal prizes will be awarded throughout each flight.  Other prizes will be awarded during the raffle held during the full membership meeting and So Cal Series Awards banquet.   Players may join an optional side action bet on the day of the event.  Everyone who joins or renews with So Cal DGA at the event (or online registration) may pick up the 2014 So Cal Bag Tag and Membership disc.  So Cal will also offer $5.00 discount on all PDGA memberships and renewals taken at the event  (or online registration).

But wait! There’s more!  SoCal will be holding a Hott Shott putting contest during the day’s festivities!  $1 to enter (up to 3 times, all proceeds go to EDGE) – compete for a State or National Championship.  More info at: http://www.pdga.com/be-a-hott-shott

If you are interested in serving on the 2014 Board of Directors, please contact Suzette at 909-481-6266.

Prado Regional Park – 16700 Euclid Avenue, Chino, CA  91708  (909) 597-4260.  Park gates open at 7:30am.

PRADO CHARGES $10.00 PER CARLOAD FOR ENTRY ON WEEKENDS.  Entry into park is NOT included in event/banquet fees.

SoCal Series Heats Back Up!


Summer is coming to an end, and it’s back-to-school time for many.  It’s also Back-to-the-SoCal-Series time, as the schedule picks back up after a semi-hiatus for Am and Pro Worlds.  Oh yeah, speaking of Pro Worlds…SoCal native Paul “McBeast” McBeth chalked up his second straight PDGA Worlds title with a 5-shot win over Dave “Feldbeard” Feldberg.  Steve Rico made a run at the top card, finishing 7th overall and HB’s Kyle Eckmann got some great mid-week DiscGolfPlanet.tv exposure on the lead card before fading to 14th place.  Congrats to all of our SoCal disc golfers that made the trip to Pro Worlds at Lemon Lake, Indiana and Am Worlds at Emporia, Kansas!

The Skyhigh Showdown signaled to return to activity for SoCal disc golf, with Suzette Simons putting on another great event for 193 players at the 7000-ft. high Skyhigh disc golf course.  A weekend of dry, but windy weather provided challenges for the players, but many who had played last year remarked about how much nicer it was to not finish amidst lightning and hailstones.  Steve Rico gobbled up a ton of SoCal Series points in his 6-stroke win over the Men’s Open division.  Shadd Wade, Logan Turner and Chris Brophy tied for second place.  Other tournament highlights included 14-year-old Connor Hanrahan’s 4-shot win in Men’s Advanced and Anthony Bassett’s win in Advanced Masters, noteworthy because Anthony played 108 holes as part of the “Ironman” competition.  Full results for the Skyhigh Showdown are available at PDGA.com.

OSV_logo_finalSeptember is a busy month for the SoCal Series, with three events on the schedule.  First up is The Open @ Sun Valley (Sept. 7/8), filling the spot traditionally held by the Sun Valley Open.  Same location, same great 18-hole layout on the hilly ball golf course, just different TD’s.  Two weeks later (Sept. 21) at Verdugo Hills is another tournament held on a ball golf course – the Verdugo Hills Open.  TD Gary Sandoval has put together a 1-day, 2-round event on the popular Verdugo Hills layout, with some of the best elevation-change holes in SoCal.  September rounds out with a tournament that brings the SoCal Series back to one of the older courses in the region, Whittier Narrows.   The Blue Heron Open presented by Arroyo Disc Sports (Sept. 28/29) is the first PDGA-sanctioned event run by Logan Turner and the Arroyo boys, and we’re looking forward to it.  Looking ahead to October, the ever fun Chavez Ridge DGC hosts the Fling XVII, with the return of the ever popular Freeway Hole.  Sign up for these events today!

2013 Points Series Standings and Tournament Results


2013 SoCal Series points have been updated for corrections and are now residing on their own page, along with results for all series events (that have been deemed “official” by the PDGA). You can find this page here, or look at the top of every page under “Points Series”.

Have a Senior Moment in Pasadena, Disc Golf Style!


What does the PDGA State Coordinator do?  Well, aside from coordinate the schedules of all PDGA-sanctioned tournaments in Southern California, Suzette Simons always has her ear to the ground, listening for new possibilities to get more people playing disc golf.  One example of this is the upcoming Senior Olympic Games being held in Pasadena at Oak Grove.  Senior Olympics is a big organization, with hundreds of events held each year across the U.S.  Getting disc golf included is a great way to get our sport accepted in the mainstream of organized sports.  Suzette heard about the Senior Olympics movement and signed up disc golf to be included.  Then she did another smart thing:  she convinced Mark and Susie Horn to volunteer to be the event directors for the Pasadena Senior Olympics disc golf event.  2013 will be the third year that disc golf will be included in the Pasadena Senior Olympic games.  Mark recently sent out this email regarding this year’s event, being held on June 15th:

Greetings to all you seniors. I am writing to you to encourage you to consider coming out and playing in the Senior Olympic games disc golf event at oak grove on June 15th. It is a one day event and I would really like to see it grow to something big and it would be a shot in the arm to our sport to have a big turnout for an event that gets some national coverage. Cost is only $42 dollars and you get a t-shirt and lunch included. We will play one round of golf on the regular Oak Grove layout and one round on the championship layout. It is a truly fun event. You can enter via this link – 

or you can send me the money and I will enter for you. If you choose to send me the money then I have to have all the info so I can fill out the entry form properly. They give out medals to the top three in every group. Groups are broken into 5 year increments starting at 50-54, 55-59 etc. Sooo, come on out and have a great day playing golf with your peers for the sheer fun of it. If you have any questions call me. Mark 626-798-8729
While it scares me to think that 50 is included in the Senior Olympics, I think it’s great that disc golf is included.  If you live in the L.A. basin, please consider signing up and filling the field!  And keep your eyes and ears open (turn up hearing aids, if neccessary)!  The California State Senior Games Championships will be held in the San Diego Area in September, 2013, and we hope to have disc golf included there as well.

It’s Cinco de Goat-o time!


Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend this year, this Sunday, May 5th.  And if you want to play some disc golf on Cinco de Mayo, the best place to do it will be at Goat Hill in Oceanside (trust us, and course in a public park will be nearly unplayable because of picnickers).  The Challenge @ Goat Hill returns for it’s third year, and this year the date was moved earlier to the weekend of May 4-5.  This will be the first time that Goat Hill has hosted a 2-day disc golf event and it will be a big one.  80-100 players are expected, and sign-ups are still available on DiscGolfU.com.

One bit of bad news: no carts.  Goat Hill currently does not have enough carts to assure all players of having a cart and PDGA rules state that if all players can’t have a cart, no one can have a cart.  But there’s more than enough good things to outweigh that.  One round per day allows time for side events.  After Saturday’s round there will be a separate cash doubles round, with bring-your-own partner rules.  There will be three divisions, based on PDGA player rating (under 1800 combined, 1800-1899 combined, 1900 and over combined).  After awards are handed out on Sunday will be the return of the Voodoo Disc Golf Final 4 Challenge – 4 Pros, 4 raffle winners, 4 holes, 4 $100 skins.  And the raffle winners also get a prize from Voodoo Disc Golf.

There’s a great list of sponsors, which means players will be treated to great player packs and prizes:  Innova Disc Golf, DiscGolfValues.com, Vodoo Disc Golf, Legacy Disc Golf, DGA, West Coast Disc Golf, San Diego Aces and Diabolo Beverages.

A few spots were left as of Monday afternoon (4/29), you can sign up at DiscGolfU.com.  There is a lot of information being posted and discussed on the event page on Facebook – check it out: The Challenge @ Goat Hill – Cinco de Goat-o

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