Info regarding Conejo Pro/Am signups


Hello SoCal Disc Golf Association,


I need to confess a big mistake. 
I was asked weeks ago if we had to post our tourney flyer on the SoCal Facebook page, the SoCal website, open it on DGU etc.  I said no, and that we were fine.  We would post it and do DGU registrations after giving club members, course supporters, sponsors…a chance to sign up first, (as we’ve done previous years!  Oops!).  Well, our tourney has become much much more popular than I could imagine!  It almost filled up without ever posting on the SoCal Facebook pages, DGU, or doing any advertisement!!!!  We just took info to the course, did a club email (which included a bunch of golfers from around SoCal and a call for sponsorship), and posted on the Conejo Disc Golf Club Facebook page.  It was recently explained to me that this is a HUGE problem and that we may not be able to be a SoCal event!

Well, I’m thankful to let you know that we will remain a SoCal event, and we will abide by the SoCal guideline related to registration for future events.  IN ADDITION, we are opening registration to 20 players through DGU at 7 PM, Sunday, May 8. A wait list will also be included.  Please consider my ignorance and apologies.  I had no ill intentions or even any idea that I was doing something wrong. I hope that if you’ve been looking forward to the Conejo DG Pro/Am you are able to snag one of the 20 openings this Sunday!
Mike Byrne

Senior Games – Disc Golf at Waller Park


[Many thanks to Santa Maria disc golfer Newton Hemphill for this article!]

Waller Park is accessible to all and plays host to a wide variety of activities for all ages. One of my favorite activities combines walking with short bursts of physical exertion while combining mental exercises of distance calculations and factoring in wind speed and direction is called “Disc Golf”. This sport is great for all ages and if you watch the regular players on the course, you’ll notice that not all of them are young guns. Men, women, boys and girls are welcome to play the game known by the name of Disc Golf or Frisbee golf. There’s a lot of history to the game and the older players probably have stories from earlier times describing the courses and equipment from long ago.

My early days of throwing discs involved playing catch with a Frisbee using trick throws and showing off. Soon, my friends and I found a short disc course in town and we learned to play golf. Everyone has stories similar to this and one of the key things is that age doesn’t matter. In a lot of cases, the throw doesn’t even matter as long as it generates the right amount of spin. After first Waller2experiencing this sport in my 20’s, there was a long period when I had to do other things in my life and thankfully things have come full circle and Frisbee Golf (now called Disc Golf) is in my life again and the courses and equipment are even better.

It is a real privilege to live close to Waller Park and to have access to the facilities. I’ve met a lot of people playing golf and always get a kick out of people asking questions about getting started. With just a disc or two and some basics on technique and learning the course layout, you’ll spend hours and hours getting better as you try things. As mentioned earlier, this activity is not age restrictive. The regulars on the course include some very young people, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Our regular group ranges from 4 to 12 on weekends and there is a different mix during the week and we are not the only regular group that meets. For organized league Waller1play and tournament experience, the Santa Maria Kingpins is the local group with a good mix of ages and experience.

Allow me to introduce you to just a few of the more senior regulars at the course. Not everyone is mentioned here and this sample just happened to be some of the ones that showed up on the day I had the camera handy. Brian, John, and Doug are shown in the pictures to the right. After our warm up session, we had 8 and decided to play doubles with the winners making it to minus 4 at one point. That’s a pretty good score if you like to keep track of that sort of thing (my partner and I managed a minus 1 on the round).  Thanks to some of the regulars – Don, Doug, Brian, Kevin, Ray, Aaron, Pete, Rich P., Jose, Ron, Gerry, David, Matthew, Tom, John, Rich C. and Doug. There are a lot more but space and memory are limited.

Waller3

Don, the 95-year-old disc golfer!

The senior players at Waller consist of a good number in their 50’s, and an even bigger number in their 60’s including me. The group of seniors in their 70’s also is pretty sizable but the one that really inspires the rest of is Don. He is over 95 and plays almost every day and can make the par score on most of the holes. He’ll usually be throwing a light weight disc and prefers to carry just the one and make it work for all his shots. I’ve tried to play with just one and must admit it’s a challenge when normally having a selection to choose from for each possibility. If you’re familiar with regular golf (we call it ball golf), imagine playing the course with just one club, you really need the one club that works for you.

Don is a regular on the course and usually plays in the morning with anyone of the regular group but also acts as ambassador to new comers and will escort them around the beginning of the course to get them headed in the right direction. The rest of us regulars know that he’s

Don & Newton, SoCal #2018

Don & Newton, SoCal #2018

actually getting warmed up before we arrive.

The key thing to take away from this short article is that playing Disc Golf will keep you active and it’s something to enjoy no matter what your age. Even tournament play has divisions to group players well over 80 so all you need is a disc and a way to the park near you.
This picture of Don and me (Newton PDGA 57237) was taken a couple years ago when I first met him and believe me, he hasn’t slowed down over that time. For myself, I’ll be playing as long as I have a disc to throw and a direction to throw it. Hope to see you out there sometime and rest assured that Don will be watching your technique to see how he can get a few more feet on his drives or a different grip for putting.
From the seniors at Waller Pines Disc Golf Course, we wish you time and energy to go out and play this wonderful sport. The New Year 2016 is young and you are as young as you feel so get out there and “Grip it and rip it” and “Play with confidence.”

SoCal’s End-of-Year Banquet!


Sign up now for the final event on the 2015 SoCal Series schedule – the 2015 SoCal Year-end Event and Banquet.

Held Saturday, December 12th at Prado Regional Park in Chino, the year-ended is your first chance to renew your SoCal membership for 2016 (pick out the best disc before anyone else!).  We’ll also play one fun round of golf on the water-lined Prado disc golf course, with prizes for finishers at the top of each third of the leaderboard (don’t ask me – Suzette has it all figured out).

We’ll share a delicious catered lunch at the Prado banquet facility (BYOB – beer is allowed…or encouraged?), followed by the crowning of the 2015 SoCal Series division champions and recognition of TD’s and volunteers.  If you’ve ever wondered where the $2 per player SoCal fee goes from each tournament, it’s right here – top finishers for each division will get either cash (Pros) or tons of cool SoCal-logo merchandise (Ams), as well as personalized mini-Discatcher trophies.

Wedged in there somewhere will be a general membership meeting, with election of officers and voting on changes to club by-laws and series points rules.  Top of the agenda this year: returning the series “participation points ” to the previous method of awarding 5 points per 18 holes played, instead of 5 points per round (which awarded only 10 points for 2-day tournaments like Wrightwood and Santa Maria, played on 27-hole courses).  This travesty of disc golf justice must be overturned!  All two-day, 54-hole tournaments should award 15 participation points!

Another great feature of the year-end event is the “Never-ending Raffle”, which costs $0 to enter and does not end until everyone in attendance has won a prize!  Don’t miss it!

 

SoCal Championships open for Registration!


Registration is available on DiscGolfU.com for the following events:

2015 Sharktooth Open at Bakersfield, CA – Nov. 7/8

2015 SoCal Am Championships at La Mirada, CA – Nov. 14/15

Please note that registration for the Am event is initially only available for SoCal members who have played at least one event this year.  Registration opens for all SoCal members on Sept. 11.  Registration opens for non-SoCal members on Oct. 1.

2015 SoCal Pro Championships at La Mirada, CA – Nov. 21/22

 

SoCal Team Brings Home World Doubles Championship!


-Many thanks to new MS1 Doubles World Champ Dave Hadder for this account of his recent trip to Texas!

(Mt. Vernon, Texas) – The team of Mark Hauser and Dave Hadder claimed

World MS1 Doubles Champs - Mark Hauser (L) and Dave Hadder (R)

World MS1 Doubles Champs – Mark Hauser (L) and Dave Hadder (R)

the Senior Grandmaster title of World Champions at the 2015 World Doubles Championships held on May 29th-31st in Mount Vernon Texas.

Team SoCal arrived three days early to practice on the four courses used for the tournament, and quickly discovered that water would be a subtext for the week as each course played around overflowing lakes or streams.  Ankle deep standing water and mud on a majority of the holes welcomed the visitors from the desert land of SoCal.  But the torrential rains that had soaked the area for over a month would hamper all of the disc golfers at this World Championship.

Two rounds were scheduled for Friday at the Seleh Ranch DGC, with the morning round on the Lakeside course playing a mixed format (6 holes Best Disc, 6 holes Best Score and 6 holes of Alternate Shot).  The first six holes were played mostly through the woods, and although Team SoCal was 1-under the Iowa/Nebraska team made several incredible saves and clutch long distance putts to hold a 2-stroke lead.  The final hole (#18) of Alternate Shot along the lake was more of the same as Team SoCal missed birdie putts and fell behind by three strokes.  Moving to the Best Shot format Team SoCal posted an eagle on #1 and then four birdies over the next six holes to pick up one stroke on the leaders as Team Iowa/Nebraska matched them shot for shot with the help of two 50-ft. putts.

The best score portion of the round started on the ‘Island’ hole with Dr. Hauser carding a birdie, while the other team sank a 45-ft. birdie putt from a tombstone shot buried into the shoreline.  Team SoCal finally broke through for one stroke playing back into the woods while Team Iowa/Nebraska floundered in the woods with a bogey.  An hour and a half rain delay interrupted the round, but once play was resumed Team SoCal birdied the final two holes to remain one stroke out of first and in a tie for second.

Round 2 was played on the Seleh Ranch Creekside course using the Best Shot format.

Dave Hadder threads the gap.

Dave Hadder threads the gap.

Starting the round on Hole #17 players faced two holes dominated by the lake, including #18 that played to a peninsula hole only 50-ft. wide.  The three teams on the card each birdied the opening water holes with Hadder barely missing an ace on #18.  Two holes later Team SoCal regained a tie for the lead before having one of it’s few hiccups for the round.  With one drive in the lake and another playing through an opening in the woods, they still dropped a stroke when Team Not Quite Stable made a perfect approach shot across the lake and Team Iowa/Nebraska birdied from 80-ft. inches inside the shoreline.  Team SoCal answered with five birdies in a row, resulting in a 3-way tie for first when Hadder made a 27-ft. putt into the wind and rain for birdie on a 614-ft. hole.  With the rain pounding down on the course Team SoCal missed putts on the next two holes to drop two strokes back, including a rules violation that wiped out a 22-ft. birdie putt by Hauser, after watching Team Iowa/Nebraska once again making birdie from 70-ft.  Needing a spark, Team SoCal birdied five out of the last six holes, but it wasn’t enough as the Not Quite Stable team carded four birdies and an eagle on the final hole played over the lake for a 2-stroke lead after the day one.

Overnight the area was hit with several storms and the third round on Saturday at the Texas Twist DGC was delayed four hours due to a line of massive thunderstorms.  When play finally started in the afternoon using the Alternate Shot format Team SoCal was still on the leader card paired with Team Not Quite Stable.  An early O.B. into the creek on the third hole played dropped Team SoCal 4-strokes down, which would be the largest deficit of the tournament, but Team SoCal quickly erased the deficit in two holes with two birdies and the help of Not Quite Stable throwing into the lake for a double bogey.  Two holes later Team SoCal took over first place and then recorded four birdies on the next five holes, the last extending the lead to two strokes.  Playing back into the woods, Team SoCal had problems on the next two holes, erasing their lead and resulting in a 3-way tie for first leading into the final round.

Due to the long rain delay in the morning, and more thunderstorms on the horizon,

Mark Hauser attacks the green.

Mark Hauser attacks the green.

the fourth round was moved to Sunday, and the Final 9 was eliminated, meaning the championship would be decided on the Trey Deuce DGC using the Best Score format.  This was a nearly perfectly played team round as Team SoCal never recorded a bogey and made twelve birdies, but the BC Champs team (also playing on the lead card) were still only one stroke behind with five holes to play.  Hole #10 was a 600-ft. hole snaking through the woods that Team SoCal (mostly Hauser) parred while Team BC Champs took a double bogey seven, and with a 3 stroke lead the decision was made, “We have 4 holes left and we need to birdie them all”.  Hauser’s 28-ft. putt on the final hole sealed the deal, completing the four-for-four and secured the title of World Champions for Team SoCal by four strokes, with the lowest round of the day of any team (3 Divisions) playing the Trey Deuce course.

Congrats to Mark Hauser and Dave Hadder for bringing home more world titles!

Updated Info on Disc Golf at Sky High, Wrightwood


Good morning everyone!

Just to update you guys, Wrightwood’s Sky High Disc Golf course holds a monthly doubles tournament the second Saturday of every month. The fee to play is $7.00 a person, with random flips for partners. Winning duo wins a different prize bundle every month, as well as pitchers of beer of their choice. Also, everything available for sale in the lodge is offered at a discount for those who participate that day.

Additional Information:

Tournament Type: Doubles
Check In Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am @ the North Lodge
Player Meeting: 9:50 am @ the back patio
Tee-Off Time: 10:00 am
Fee to Play: $7.00

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with us via:

Phone: (760) 316-7828 (North Lodge)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sky-High-Disc-Golf/179507498774901
Official Site: http://www.mthigh.com/discgolf

Ask for Amando or Aimee if you have any questions! Hope to see you guys soon!

Golden Sombrero Standings at the 2/3 Point


Who’s in the lead in the Golden Sombrero standings after seven events?  None other than Redlands TD and co-GS Instigator Bill Maury-Holmes!  Bill’s 163 points after playing in four events give him a ten point lead over multi-time GS Champ A.J. Risley.  But A.J. will not be playing any more Golden Sombrero events this season, as he will be playing at the Gentleman’s Club Challenge in Las Vegas and the Memorial in Scottsdale.  Mark Verrochi could mount a late charge with three events remaining, as he has only played three events so far and is third in the points at 125.  Cory Marstellar is two behind Mark at 123 to round out the top four.

But really, there are a whole bunch of disc golfers who still have a shot at this year’s title.  That’s because the three remaining events:  Wrightwood, Mission Bay and Colina Park could all have large fields, which means big points.  Mission Bay in particular has a history of fielding close to 100 players, so Bill better watch his back!  Wrightwood may also draw a big crowd after players hear the news that all 27 holes will be available for play (barring a huge snowstorm between now and next Saturday).  Remember – your top four point totals count in the standings.

The top ten players so far in the Golden Sombrero standings are:

Overall Standings (after 7 events)
Name Points Events
Bill Maury-Holmes 163 4
A. J. Risley 153 4
Mark Verrochi 125 3
Cory Marsteller 123 4
Francisco Martinez 116 2
Allen Risley 115 4
Eric Audet 105 4
Jone Eide 105 2
Michael Homan 91 2
Steven Rico 78 1

Winners of the events so far:

Redlands:  Cory Marsteller

Prado: Patrick Brickley

Chavez Ridge: Steve Rico

Murrieta: Aaron Cribbes

Sycuan: Tadas Mikuzis

Yucaipa: Cory Marsteller

San Marcos: Mark Verrochi

Full Golden Sombrero standings after six events can be found here.

Team SoCal Wins the California Cup!


Team SoCal - 2015

Team SoCal – 2015

Every January since 1998, the top points leaders in both NorCal Series and SoCal Series meet up in Santa Maria for the CA Cup.  This event was the vision of Tim Selinske and it’s all about having a good time and embracing the sport of disc golf in a Match Play Team environment. If you compete in NorCal or SoCal tournaments, you are earning points.  After the NorCal and SoCal Championships are wrapped up, the Team Captains (Michael Travers, NorCal and Mike Byrne, SoCal) send out invitations to the top points leaders in most divisions.  It is an honor to be invited to this event and an event I look forward to each year.

Day1

Day 1 results

The format is match play singles and doubles. Basically, 2 players from NorCal and 2 players from SoCal get paired up to battle for a potential 4 points per day. You play 18 holes of singles (1 NorCal vs 1 Socal) and immediately roll into doubles (both NorCal vs both SoCal players. Winning the singles will earn your team 1 point and winning doubles will earn 2 points for your team. In addition, a tie in singles earns 1/2 point for each team and a tie in doubles earns 1 point for each team.

Historically, NorCal has destroyed SoCal. This year, however, SoCal showed up ready to compete and win. We put in our work on Saturday and finished the day with a 4 point lead over NorCal. Saturday night we typically meet up at Atari-Ya for a great party and the best sushi around. It’s truly a great night but you must watch out for Mr. Lawrence Halili who has the huge bottle of saki going around! Sunday morning team captains have the option to shuffle teams and opponents, and redo the cards. On Sunday, NorCal beat SoCal by 1 point and SoCal won by 3 points overall!

Justin Lieberman and company put on a traditional Tri-Tip BBQ for the players on Sunday afternoon and we enjoyed the great food while discussing how we played and enjoyed great company while scores were being tallied.

Team Captains

Team Captains

It was truly an awesome moment when Travers picked up the “Bucket” and announced, “It’s Official” and proceeded to hand the bucket to SoCal team captain Mike Byrne. The SoCal team was excited and many pictures were taken to save the memories forever.

Waller Pines DGC and crew were great hosts and we thank them for all their work and efforts.

If you want to play next year, sign up for SoCal tournaments and start earning your points. We hope to see you out there next year helping SoCal defend out title!

[Many thanks to Jeff Nyerges for this story and photos!]

Slight Change to 2015 SoCal Series Points Rules


Each year at the SoCal year-end banquet (held this year on Sat., Dec. 13th at Prado Regional Park) a general membership meeting of the SoCal Disc Golf Association is held.  During this year’s meeting a change was made to the 2015 SoCal Series Points.  The change is as follows:  Players will receive 5 participation points for each round played at a SoCal Series event, no matter how many holes are played in the round. In the past, players received 5 participation points for each full 18 holes played during an event.  The impact of this change is that tournaments that have held 27-hole rounds will now only receive 5 points per round.  For example, Sky High Showdown at Wrightwood used to award 15 participation points for the 2-day event, since playing one 27-hole round each equaled 54 holes for the event.  For 2015, tournaments playing that format (1 27-hole round per day, 2 days) will only receive 10 participation points.

Ice Bowl Season is Upon Us!


One year ends and another begins, and in the disc golf world that means…….Ice Bowl Season is here! 2015 will be the 8th year of the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls, and it looks like it will be the biggest yet. What started several years ago with three events (Redlands, San Marcos and Palm Desert) has grown into a series with nine charity disc golf events (and maybe more…).

For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, here’s a quick synopsis: over 35 years ago a group of disc golfers in Missouri decided that they wanted to play disc golf, even if there was snow on the ground. They rounded up a few friends, made a big pot of chili on the Coleman stove and voilá, the Ice Bowl was born! Soon after the first event the Ice Bowl’s Chief Instigator (Rick Rothstein: PDGA board member, disc golf publisher and owner of Disc Golf World in Kansas City) decided to add a charity component to the winter gathering. Ice Bowls became dedicated to raising funds to feed the hungry in the community and over the years over $2 million have been raised at over 3,000 Ice Bowl events. You can learn more about Ice Bowl history at this link.

The Ice Bowl season runs for two months (January and February) so the nine events will fill the weekends. One of the ways we have generated interest in the series in the past is to award the Golden Sombrero Championship to an outstanding Ice Bowl competitor (more details below). Last year’s champ was San Diego’s Jason Perdue, who received a sparkling gold sombrero as his trophy at the end of the series. Jason will be back to defend his title this year as players will compete for a new golden sombrero and the grand prize of an Innova Discatcher Traveller Portable basket. Disc Golf United and Disc Golf World have teamed up this year to make these portable baskets easily available as Ice Bowl prizes – any Ice Bowl that pre-registers 20 players through DiscGolfU.com will receive a Traveller basket to be used as a prize.

Keep in mind that above all, Ice Bowls are charity events aimed at feeding our hungry neighbors. Most events will have some way for you to contribute to the cause, either through raffles, cash donations or the sale of mulligans. The lineup (so far) for the 2015 Golden Sombrero Series is as follows:

• 8th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl at Ford Park – Saturday, Jan. 3rd.
• Prado Ice Bowl – Saturday, Jan. 10th
• Ice Bowl in Paradise (Chavez Ridge) – Saturday, Jan. 17th
• Murrieta Ice Bowl – Sunday, Jan. 18th
• Sycuan Ice Bowl (El Cajon) – Sunday, Jan. 25th
• Yucaipa Ice Bowl – Saturday, Jan. 31st
• 8th Annual San Marcos Super Ice Bowl – Sunday, Feb.1st
• Wrightwood Ice Bowl – Saturday, Feb. 21st
• Mission Bay Ice Bowl – Sunday, Feb. 22nd

(More events may be added, links will be updated as they become available)

The most important part of the Ice Bowl experience is the friendship and camaraderie that comes with communal activities that help others. Ice Bowl events usually don’t have prize payouts based on your score but some have cool homemade trophies. But for those of you with a competitive streak, you can compete for the overall Golden Sombrero Championship title. The winner each year receives a hand-decorated golden sombrero hat and this year will also receive a portable basket. Past Golden Sombrero champions include 2014 winner Jason Perdue, multiple year winner A.J. Risley and Golden Sombrero co-Instigator Allen Risley.

How does it work? At each event, each player receives one point for each player they beat in total score, no matter what division, no matter whether mulligans were used or not. Across the series, each player’s four best point totals count towards the series title, so you don’t have to play all the events to compete but you had better play the big ones (e.g., Mission Bay, Chavez). Above all, the series is meant to be fun for all and is a great way to play your first “tournament”.

Enjoy the season and let the Ice Bowls begin!

-Allen Risley

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,845 other followers