Coming Up, Going Down…


Years ago, the International Frisbee Association (IFA) put out a wonderful magazine called Frisbee World (later changed to Frisbee disc World, because of trademark issues).  The brainchild of Dan “Stork” Roddick, it was the best way to keep up with news about what was going on in the world of Frisbee (come get me, Mattel!).  One of my favorite parts of the mag was the sections called “Coming Up” and “Going Down”, where you could see a list of upcoming big events and then the results from those events.  This was loooooong before the instant news fix of the Interwebs, so it was often months before we back on the east coast knew who had won the U.S. Open at La Mirada, or the WFC held at the Rose Bowl.

So I’ve decided to draw upon that great idea from the past and initiate a “sorta-regular-ish” feature for the SoCal website: Ups & Downs.  I’ll try to do it near the beginning of each month, and list some interesting things that happened in the past month and other interesting things that are coming up.  As always, if you have something you’d like to crow about or drum up interest in, please send me a message at rizbee@teamrizbee.com.  I’d really like to have other voices represented on this website, not just mine. -Allen Risley

With that explained, here are the Ups & Downs – things coming up soon and things that went down recently:

Going Down:

  • Huntington Beach: HB made it back on the PDGA and SoCal schedules, holding their City Championship January 12/13.  There were some grumbles about the lack of online registration and delays on getting results, but dammit, Jerry Davis ran an event at HB!!!  Lots of good comments about how things were run and the quality of play.  Hometown hero and current World Champion Paul McBeth started off 2013 as a winner, with a 4-stroke win over Kyle Eckman.  Paul’s 1080-rated final 9 accounted for three of those strokes – Stewart Mendenhall and Max Nichols rounded out the final 9 group.  Other Pro division winners: Brittany Blair (FPO), Mark Collicott (MPM) Robbie Wilson (MPG) and Tom Clickner (MPS). Am division winners: Taylor Mate (MA1), Anthony Bassett (MM1), Richard Ewald (MA2), Jeremy Fairchild (MA3), Rebecca Anderson (FW3), Jacob Courtis (MJ3).
  • Ice Bowl Season is Here!:  SoCal’s “Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls” is back for it’s 5th season, with eight events on the schedule.  Four have already occurred:
    • Redlands – Golden Sombrero originator Bill Maury-Holmes drew 48 players to Ford Park in Redlands to kick off the series.  A.J. Risley took the win, after a playoff with Nick Wright and Nick Novoa.  All three had shot 18-down, with the help of a few mulligans.  Dave Phillips won the “Metal or Nada” round, with 2 metal hits on the final 9 holes.  $715 and 3 cans of food were collected for Redlands Family Services.
    • San Marcos - 50 players showed up in San Marcos the next day to tackle Montiel Park.  Mark Verrochi stole the show, wining the event with 23-under 58.  A.J. Risley and Bill Maury-Holmes were just two shots back at 60 (yes, there were mulligans).  Mark also took home a basket for his ace of hole #4, beating Kyle Becker and Austen Stringfield in a CTP playoff.  $700 and 100 lbs of canned food were collected for the North County Food Bank.
    • Chavez Ridge – The Ice Bowl in Paradise was finally played in dry weather! 80 players enjoyed the view from the freeway hole, but Steve Rico had the most fun, shooting 12-down to best Chris Brophy (-8), A.J. Risley (-7) and Texan Chris Pepperling (-7).  Other division winners: Todd Banks (MPM), Tom Clickner (MPS), Bill Richards (MPL), AdaZm Nash (MA1), Chris Calleton (MM1), Dave Hadder (MG1), Dan Ford (MA2), Stewart Coleman (MA3), Connor Wright (MJ3) and Jake Wilson (MJ4).
    • Yucaipa – We know an Ice Bowl happened here…we just haven’t heard the results yet.
  • Stuff other than tournaments happened too, recently.  New discs from Innova (Roc3, Tern, McPro Aviar) and Legacy (Patriot, Rival), a new backpack bag from No Excuses, and cool videos from Arroyo.  Talk of a new course in west L.A. at the Kenneth Hahn Recreational Area and an expansion of Mountain Pride Park in Murrieta from 9 to 18.  Oh, and there’s a new disc golf company called Prodigy and they stole a bunch of sponsored layers from other teams.

Coming Up:

  • More Ice Bowls!: Sycuan (El Cajon) on 2/2, Murrieta on 2/16, Wrightwood (yes, real ice) on 2/23 and Mission Bay (San Diego) on 2/24.
  • The 35th Annual (gulp!) Wintertime Open is back again.  TD Mark Horn welcomes us back to where it all started: Oak Grove.  Am weekend 2/9-10, Pro weekend 2/16-17.
  • Another “One Night Stand” at Verdugo Hills on 3/9.  Gary Sandoval’s attempt to turn us all into insomniacs.
  • The return of La Mirada to the PDGA and SoCal schedule!  West Coast Disc Golf makes it happen for two days in March (3/23-24) and it’s a Vibram Open qualifier to boot!
  • Goat Hill moves to an earlier date.  Can you say Cinco de Goato?

That’s all I got for now.  Make something happen and write about it!  Remember, Thoughts Become Things!

Huntington Beach Returns!


Huntington Beach returns to the SoCal and PDGA schedules with a pair of 1-day tournaments January 12th and 13th.  Ams will play two rounds on Saturday, Pros will play two rounds with a Final 9 (Open Men only) on Sunday.  Check-in is at 7:30am each day, tee-off at 8:30am.  There is no online registration for this event, but you can download the entry form here.

Layout Info for SoCal Pro Weekend


Straight from TD Randy Wylot, here are the layout maps and hole descriptions for Brengle Terrace Park (2 rounds on Saturday) and Kit Carson Park (1 round on Sunday).  Many thanks to Max Nichols for preparing these documents and all his work seting up the courses.

Hole-by-hole description of Brengle Terrace Park DGC.

Hole-by-hole description of Kit Carson Park DGC.

There are still a few spots open for players who want to compete in the event.  You must register online at DiscGolfU.com.  Spectators are welcome both days, and spectators will have a chance to see some of the top disc golfers in the world competing on our local courses.  David Feldberg (1038) and Nikko Locastro (1038) are in the top 10 of PDGA-rated players,  with Paul Ulibarri (1029) and local favorite Micah Dorius (1028) not too far behind.  Carlo Pelg (1008), Max Nichols (1004), Dan Duron (1000) and Kyle Eckmann (1000) are all 1,000-rated players who should be in the mix.  And will  the two players at the top of the SoCal Series show up?  Although they’re not registered at the time this post was written (7am, 10/15), don’t be surprised to see Steve Rico (1029) and Philo Braithwaite (1022) on the course this weekend.

Volunteers are needed!  If you volunteer for the weekend, you will receive a tournament-stamp disc, tournament-embroidered polo shirt and lunch on Saturday.  Contact Randy Wylot (wylot@sbcglobal.net).

SoCal Championships – Nov. 10/11 and 17/18


Sign ups are on DiscGolfU.com:   Ams  Pros

Course layouts for Am weekend: Kit Carson ParkBrengle Terrace Park

Chis Horn Wipes Out!


OK, there’s nothing about disc golf in this post, but it is about a disc golfer.

Chris Horn shows off his limbo talents!

SoCal member and all-around Frisbee aficionado Chris Horn showed up on TV last night, in a special “schoolteacher” edition of Wipeout (8pm Thursdays on ABC).  While Chris didn’t walk away with the $50,000 first place prize, he did get a little airtime on the show.  Right from the top, Chris is the first contestant you see during the opening intro clips and his run-in with the school bus stop sign was epic.  Chris made it past the first cut and went on to the second round, but that was about it.  Watching at home,  we figured he was doomed when the hosts *didn’t* come up with a goofy nickname for him.  No matter, it was fun to see one of our locals on the tube, even if he was getting whacked into the mud puddle instead of sinking a 50-foot putt.  If you want to watch the episode, you can find it online here: http://abc.go.com/shows/wipeout

SoCal Board Meeting This Saturday @ Wrightwood


The SoCal Board will be meeting this Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at the Sky High Lodge at Wrightwood, adjacent to the disc golf course.  The meeting begins at 3pm, after the day’s tournament round is over (and we’ve helped the TD tie up all the loose ends).  Members are welcome to attend the meeting.  If you would like to speak or be added to the meeting’s agenda, please contact SoCal President Randy Wylot (wylot@sbcglobal.net) for more information.

PDGA Elections Underway


If you are a PDGA member, make sure to vote in the election that is going on right now. There are three board positions up for vote and SoCal’s Logan Turner is one of the candidates for an open position. The PDGA conducts its elections on-line, so you should have already received an e-mail with a link to the ballot. If you haven’t seen it, check your spam filter.

A Board of Directors is a requirement for non-profit status and is mandated by the PDGA bylaws. In addition to semi-annual summit meetings, the Board and staff conduct monthly teleconference calls and ongoing communication to accomplish required business. Some of the Board’s main activities include: setting PDGA policies; hiring and supervision of an Executive Director responsible for headquarters, staff, and ongoing operations; financial management including annual budget; identification of responsible future Board members; and representing the membership’s visions for the future of the sport and the association. It would be nice to have a SoCal perspective on the board to represent our perspective on these issues.

Suzette Simons is the incumbent in our SoCal Regional Coordinator position, and is up for re-election as well. The Regional Coordinator is the key link in getting our local tournaments on the PDGA schedule and minimizing scheduling conflicts with Central Valley and NorCal events.

The e-mail with the link to the ballot also has a link to candidate bios. If you haven’t received this e-mail or if you want further information on the election, go to: http://www.pdga.com/elections.

Where have YOU been and what have YOU seen?


OK, there hasn’t been a new top story on this web page in a few weeks.   Ok, maybe more than a few.  But between road trips, TD duties and “life”, yours truly hasn’t been to any SoCal events in a while.  So, if you have something you’d like to report about an event you’ve been to, or about disc golf in SoCal in general, feel free to contact us.  We’d love to hear from you!

March and April Have Been Busy…


The past two months have been busy around here in SoCal website-land, what with several tournaments, work, local leagues, tournament planning, disc testing, taxes…etc.  So here’s a run-down of what’s been going on since we last reported to you.

The “White” Green Valley Amateur Challenge

The guys from Oak Valley were able to put together a very nice 2-day event for Ams on the permanent Yucaipa layout.  Of course, they forgot to check with Mother Nature first.  Or maybe they did?  Either way, players battled through a very rainy Saturday (the afternoon rain was delivered bucket-style) and contended with an Ice-Bowl-like snowy round on Sunday.  Very cool (pun intended)!!  Nick Newton and A.J. Risley in MA1 traded 1019-rated rounds on Saturday and coasted on Sunday to be the only two players under par for the weekend.  Nick’s other Saturday round was better than A.J.’s, however, good enough to give him a 2-shot victory and his first SoCal Series event win.  Noah Politzer, John Ryan and Steve Valencia rounded out the top 5 in MA1.

In Advanced Masters, Roger Snider took an early lead on Saturday, show his amphibious skills Saturday afternoon with a 991-rated round (55) and cruised to victory with a 3-over total.  That was eight shots ahead of second-place local Bill Maury-Holmes, two more better than third-place Jon Ventress.  Dave Coffey (15-over) held off Kevin Beath (+18) for the win in Grandmasters, and Jeffrey Brown was the lone Senior Grand, and hence, the winner.

Dallas “Rain and” Snow-Ramirez (+9) took advantage of his namesake weather, winning MA2 by 3 throws over Scott Miller (+12) and one more over Aaron Hagner and Chris Armacost (+13).  Darrin Stewart needed the hot divisional round on Sunday morning to beat Suzette Simons for the Rec division trophy (didn’t she come from the land of snow and ice?), and Eben Coenen won a playoff with Alexander Kaklamanos for the title in Novice.  Helen Wilson (Adv. Women), Cristina Scantlin (Int. Women) and Julia Hillman (Rec Women) all beat the most difficult opponent of all (themselves) to win their respective divisions.

Sylmar Open Belongs to Rico

Steve Rico is hard to beat out on tour.  Put him in his own backyard, he’s near unstoppable.  The April Fool’s Day Sylmar Open was another opportunity for Stevie to strut his stuff, and starting out with a 1050-rated 54 in the crazy windy conditions should have been a signal for the rest of the Open division that Stevie was playing for keeps.  His 3-round total of 159 (21-under) gave him a comfortable seven throw win over Wally Moore and Bryan Vagi (166/14-under), who played well but not well enough to keep up with #4666.  Rowan O’Neil was one more shot back at 13-under, while Philo Braithwaite and Paul McBeth came in at 10-under.  Todd Mitchell and Jerry Goff tied for 1st in Pro Masters (9-under), four shots ahead of Mike Roberts, Steve Valencia and Dan Duron.  Todd Banks (is he old enough?) was able to eke out a one shot win over Marcus Cisneros for the Grandmaster title.

Sylmar had a relatively small Advanced field (8 players), but that should not detract from John Ryan’s fine win where he stayed under par for the tournament (1-under/179).  John Jumped out to an early lead with the hot divisional rounds in rounds 1 and 2 and coasted in the final round for the win. A.J. Risley took his second consecutive second place at 4-over, followed by Jose Espinoza at 8-over.  Roger Snider made Sylmar his fourth win in a row in Advanced Masters (oh, to be 40 again…) with a 5-over 185, three shots ahead of 2nd place Jon Ventress and three more ahead of Mark Hauser. 

Matt Hutchings has a PDGA# over 50,000 (50509 to be exact) and most assuredly heard calls of “Bagger!” from the other players in Intermediate as he threw three 970+ rounds and finished at 2-under 178 (psssst…he would have won MA1…).  Aaron Hagner was in second at 13-over, one throw better than Sal Brambila and Josh Fisher.  Karie Fisher (not of Star Wars fame, I’m told) took the Intermediate Women win over Brooke Bianchi, Michael Olivarez won Rec with a +11 and John Mascarenas won the Novice Division.

Dan Shorkey Loves San Diego (and it loves him back)

The next stop on the schedule took SoCal players down to San Diego County, for the bi-polarish Ams on Saturday at Morley,  Pros on Sunday at Kit Carson Spring Fling, part of the Steady Ed Series.  This is the second year that Morley Course Pro Snapper Pierson and DGA-sponsored Mark Verrochi have teamed up to provide a weekend-long San Diego disc golf event in the Spring, and with very great success.

Crazy weather was once again part of the story for a 2012 SoCal event, as a blustery morning round on Saturday at Morley saw a 5-way tie at 57 in the Advanced division between Michael Homan, Shane “VooDoo” Dehner, Mike Tyberg, Tracey Crowder and Justin Martinez.  But on this Saturday, it was all about the second round.  Morley uber-local Josh Damron and SLO youngster Peter McBride smoked the course with a pair of 1020-rated 53′s on the way to a 1-2 finish.  Big Josh was the only player under par at Morley on Saturday (1-under) and took the MA1 win and a shiny new basket.  Peter took second at 1-over, while Homan slipped to 3rd at 2-over.  LA Steve Valencia, A.J. Risley and Misters Dehner and Tyberg tied for fourth, and were last seen sorting out their prize bags.  Kim Cottrell took the win in Advanced Women on the wings of a 912-rated 66 in the first round, holding off a late-charging Shonda Garcia.

Did we mention that Dan Shorkey had a good weekend?  It started on Saturday with a seven-throw win over second-place Steve Fawcett in Advanced Masters.  Dan put together 992 and 984-rated rounds and had the second-best score of the day for all divisions at even par.  Dan also took home a nice new basket courtesy of Snapper Pierson.  Local thespian Paul Morgavo finished in 3rd at 11-over, Anthony Bassett and Tom Millard tied for 4th at 13-over and Roger Snider finished 6th (14-over), ending his string of MM1 victories.  Mark Hauser had the best score both rounds amongst the Grandmasters to finish in 1st at 9-over, followed by local Christian Cullen in 2nd at 13-over.

Ben Neely also had the best scores both rounds in his division (61/957 and 59/965) , which therefore led to his win in Intermediate at 6-over par.  Daniel Vega was two shots back to take second place.  Chris Armacost, Taylor Mate, Paul DesMarais and Brian Vallance tied for 3rd.   Chad “Tomahawk” Nichter played way above his rating (883) in winning the Rec division, with consistent rounds of 62 (948-rated) and 61 (947).  He beat Chris Goodrich (13-over) by 4 and the 3rd-place pair of William Cooper and James Barnes by nine.  Shannon Wylot braved the elements to take Saturday’s Junior division title.

For some strange reason, pro disc golf events have a hard time filling up in San Diego.  Maybe it’s because Micah Dorius lives down here?  No matter - TD Mark Verrochi had a plan for filling the field: add a trophy-only option!  The result was an Open field of 59 players and a tidy payout of $600 to winner (who else?) Micah Dorius.  Micah had identical rounds of 49 (and was the only player to shoot under 50 both rounds) on the way to a 12-under total of 98, one shot better than up-and-comer Max Nichols in 2nd place.  Steve Rico came down south from Sylmar to capture 3rd (9-under) and Mike Lust had an impressive showing with two 1000+-rated rounds on his way to 4th (8-under).  There was some grumbling out on the course from pros who were frustrated with the heavy pedestrian traffic and the inexperience shown by some trophy-only players, but it provided a great payout for the winners and a great experience for these newer players.

Kim Cottrell made it two wins in two days by taking the Open Women title over Cristina Scantlin, and Allison Wylot walked away with the Masters Women title.

And don’t forget about Dan!  Dan Shorkey also made it two-for-two for the weekend, running away with the Masters division title by eight strokes (7-under) over Paul Morgavo (1-over).  These two guys were playing trophy-only, so the cash payout fell to 3rd-place Todd Mitchell (4-over) and 4th-place Mike Westerman (also 4-over).  Shorkey also had the best score for the day amongst all trophy-only players, which earned him another little golden basket trophy (and I think a new full-size basket?).  The Grandmasters division was hotly-contested, with Marcus Cisneros and Greg Olsen tying for first at 2-over.  Greg conceded the win to Marcus, who got both the trophy and $195.  Tied for third two strokes back were Randy Wylot, Steve Killian and Allen Risley.  Perennial San Diego Pro Glenn Triemstra jumped out to a big lead in the first round and held on to win the Senior Grandmasters division with a 2-over total, besting upside-down guru Tom Clickner (9-over).  Phil Ganshert, who had the lowest PDGA# of the day (777) took last cash in an oldest dude division that was larger (8 players) than the older dude division (7 Grandmasters) and old dude division (7 Masters).  Let’s hear it for the Senior Grands!

We have a few more weeks before our next SoCal event, the Pro/Am Fling XVI at Chavez Ridge, but don’t wait to long to sign up – events have been filling this year!  In the meantime, there are some interesting non-SoCal things coming up (Cinco de Mayo at La Quinta May 5th, Verdugo ball/disc golf doubles on May 6th and the Women’s Worldwide event at various courses on May 12th) along with the usual collection of local monthlies and weeklies.  Check out the “Courses” page on the SoCal website for info on these local events and keep your eyes on the SoCal Disc Golf Association Facebook page for other random stuff that comes up.  And June will be hoppin’, with the Cannonball Run, Evergreen Open and Challenge @ Goat Hill on the horizon.

Rico Master’s Night Golf at Verdugo Hills


If the second round of the tournament ends after midnight, does that make it a 2-day tournament?  That was the question filtering through the crowd of players congregating outside the Verdugo Hills Golf Course Pro Shop a little after midnight this past Saturday night.  Play had just ended for the second round of the One Night Stand @ Verdugo Hills and the wear and tear of a long day was showing on many faces.  So Much so that a planned 6-hole final for the top four Open players  was nixed because of the late hour.

One Night Stand, played under the lights. - Photo courtesy of Arroyo Disc Sports

It probably was also deleted because the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place players knew it would be pretty tough to catch 1st-place Stevie Rico.  Rico’s 3-shot margin of victory opened with a blistering 1063-rated 41 in the first round, followed by an average (for him) 1031-rated 48 in the second round on a somewhat longer and darker layout.  Bobby Musick finished comfortably in 2nd with a 2-round total of 92.  Chris Traven, hot off a close 2nd in the Am Wintertime Open and cashing at the Pro Wintertime came in third with a 14-under 94, while Bert McIntee finished in 4th at 12-under.

In Masters, Dan Duron and Jerry Goff both started out hot with 44′s, but Dan’s second-round 51 (95 total) bettered Jerry’s 54 (98 total) to give him the win.  Dennis Bohanon was 3rd at 9-under 99 and Dave Owens was 4th at 6-under 102.

Rahim Dhalla and Steve Valencia battled for 1st in Advanced, with Rahim’s 4-under 104 taking the title over Steve’s 3-under 103.  Advanced Masters was also a close race, with Roger Snider (2-under 106)making up ground in the second round to take a one strike victory over Robert Arzate (1-under 107).  John Babin’s 2-over 110 was good enough to take the victory in Advanced Grandmasters.

Almost half of the field was made up of players in the Intermediate (13), Recreational (13) and Novice (6) divisions – a great turnout of local players.  Ben Neely and Brian Newmark both finished under par for the tournament, with Ben’s 4-under 104 besting Brian’s 1-under 107 to take the win in Intermediate.  The Recreational division was won by Bryson Williams, whose 1-over 109 beat 2nd place Mario Martinez (113) by 4 throws.  Steven Reinhard probably heard a few calls of “bagger”, as his score of even par gave him an eleven-shot victory in the Novice division.

This was the third ball golf course to host a SoCal Series tournament in recent years, and the players definitely enjoyed the combination of tightly-mown fairways, gentle hill and precarious pin positions that characterized the Verdugo Hills layout.  While some of the tees on the 2nd-round “long” layout required players to tee off from the dark, the course was well-lit around the greens and regular fairways.  Many of the holes sported alternate pin positions for the second round, which added to the variety.  A between-rounds CTP contest for Ams kept the crowd busy and if you were hungry there were fantastic-smelling (didn’t get to taste one) burgers available in the 19th hole bar in the clubhouse.  I also heard that they sold beer.

TD Gary Sandoval is to be congratulated for the great disc golf layout and Verdugo Hills GM John Mascarenas should be thanked for the hospitality shown to the disc golfers.  It looks like John has been bitten by the disc golf bug, as this new PDGA and SoCal member joined the field in the Novice division.  John is possibly the only SoCal member to be both a PDGA member and a card-carrying PGA pro.  He is hoping to combine these two loves in a disc golf/ball golf combo event sometime in the near future.

Those of us who played in the One Night Stand had a great time.  It did make for a long night though – this writer didn’t put head to pillow until nearly 7am, after getting some chow and then the 2-hour drive back to San Diego County.  But don’t take that as a complaint – I’ll be back for the next one.

Full results available here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,177 other followers