New Disc Golf Course at Mt. Waterman Hosting Monthly Tournaments


Many thanks to Kyle Hughes and Jeff Nyerges for providing this info:

Mt. Waterman Monthy
4th Sunday (Starting Sept 28)
TD: Kyle Hughes/Jeff Nyerges
$25 for Am’s, $30 for Pro’s (Includes $10 lift fee)
Warming Hut has food and drinks available for additional purchase.
Contact: Kyle Hughes: 818-426-6468
or Jeff Nyerges: 408-598-0142

Players Battle Severe Weather at the Skyhigh Showdown


Our thanks to Jon Ho for this story!

Many thanks go out to Suzette Simons for doing such an amazing job TDing the Sky High Showdown and keeping everyone safe, especially under such tough conditions!! Saturday, while being a little windy and overcast, went off without a hitch. Sunday, however, rained throughout the Pro round in the morning and the threat of a lightning storm loomed. The Pros finished up fine, though, thankfully. But during the Am round later in the day, it really began to pour. Suzette kept checking in the Mt. Lodge Staff to make sure that everyone would be safe, but when the lightning started to come in fast and heavy, she had to call everyone in. With nearly 100 people all stacked in the lodge, Suzette did her best to keep hope alive and keep all the Ams happy while we all waited to see if they could be sent back out to finish the round.

Unfortunately, after about an hour in the lodge, Sky High staff recommended that the tourney be called off, so Suzette had to make the announcement, much to everyone’s dismay. There were some great folks that jumped up and volunteered to get the raffle going while Suzette worked furiously to make sense of the numbers, saw what holes everyone in each division had played and could be counted in the final scores for the day. It was huge mess, but Suzette really pulled it all together in an amazing way!!

Big thanks also to all the gents that volunteered to run the raffle: Danny Behl, Jeremy Fairchild, Keith R. Wilson, and Jeff Nyerges!! And huge thanks to all the great folks that stuck around to help clean up the lodge: Mike Jewel, Tiara Cargile, Jeff Nyerges, and Chris Mattox!! I don’t think Suzette was able to head down the mountain until after 8:30pm, and that wouldn’t even been possible without the help of you great folks!! Thanks again to everyone (who helped), and apologies to anyone whose name I’ve missed here!!

Results on PDGA.com for the Pro divisions.

Results on PDGA.com for the Am divisions. (PDGA rules stipulate that only complete round scores can be reported)

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 8-9 (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”.

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