The final two Ice Bowls of the 7-event Golden Sombrero Series were held this past weekend, one in the snow and one by the ocean. And while this season of Ice Bowls saw a few firsts (Sycuan and Wrightwood added to the SG Series) and set some records (293 total players, over $8,000 raised), the Golden Sombrero trophy (which is, in fact, a gold-painted sombrero) went home with a familiar face.
Thirty hearty souls gathered for the 2nd Wrightwood Ice Bowl, the first one at this location since 1999. Playing on the front-nine winter layout at Sky High Disc Golf at Mt. High North, players were graced with clear and bright skies and fairly warm temperatures for the time of year and altitude. While there was no whining there were discs last seen flying far from their owners into downhill airspace, and the requisite nasty encounters with buckthorn.
Chris Horn journeyed up the hill and took a commanding victory for event #6 of the Golden Sombrero Winter Series 2012, besting Bama Civitak by five strokes and Bill Maury-Holmes and Nick Wright by seven. Several of the resort’s hard-working crew partook of the competition as well for the local bragging rights, which will be claimed in loud fashion until another tournament gives them chance to one-up each other anew. And special props are to be given to Julie Martinez who played solidly in her first tourney since recently giving birth to her son. With the proceeds from entry fees and aggressive mulligan usage the tourney will be donating $445 and 3 cans of food to the High Desert Challengers 4-H Club for their important work in the local community. Special thanks go to Joe Affleck of Mt. High for his generous hosting and Innova Champion Disc Golf for their constant support.
Mission Bay Golf Course hosted the final Ice Bowl of both the 2012 Golden Sombrero Series and the entire 2012 Ice Bowl season on Sunday, February 26th. San Diego’s Ice Bowl got these distinctions by being held on Sunday night under the lights at Mission Bay Golf Course. TD Randy Wylot (with design help from Snapper Pierson) set up 18 challenging temporary holes on the 18-hole executive ball golf course and drew a crowd of 81 players for the event (one from Sweden!), raising $1,480 and collecting 300 lbs of food for the San Diego Food Bank. It is hoped that hosting a few successful demonstration events at this golf course might pave the way for a permanent installation of baskets.
In the Open division, Carlo Pelg shot a lights out 46 and broke the course record by two strokes, using only three mulligans. Micah Dorius had set the record last year with no mulligans. Carlo’s 12-under round beat 2nd place finisher Brad Armstrong by five shots, with Luke Christensen and Deano Porter two more throws back. Kim Cottrell squeaked out a win in the Women’s Open division with a 74, one shot ahead of Shonda Garcia and two over Allison Wylot.
A.J. Risley won the Advanced division with a 6-under 52, three shots better than a group of four golfers at 3-under (Matt Howard, Daniel Lichtman, Patrick Paramore and Jon Yergler). The Advanced division was the center of competition for the Golden Sombrero title, the overall crown for the 7-event GS series. Going into this tournament, Carl Renda held the lead, followed by A.J., Daniel and Patrick, so these four played on the same card at Mission Bay. A.J.’s margin of victory over the others allowed him to jump into the winner’s spot for the Golden Sombrero, with Daniel taking second, Carl third and Patrick fourth. A.J. took home his fourth gold-painted sombrero and a Discatcher Pro basket with the win.
The Intermediate and Recreational divisions both featured close competition. Brian Vallance shot a 2-under 56 for the win in Intermediate, one shot ahead of Hans Degner and Doug Larhette. In Rec, Brett Camack beat out a field of 30 disc golfers with another 2-under 56, one throw better than Daniel Flores. Juniors David Kyhlstedt and Shannon Wylot won the under-13 Boys and under-10 girls divisions, respectively.
There was great chemistry among players throughout the tournament. The SDSF Pro shop @ KCP set up a table with awesome selection of discs and apparel. They also gave generously to the raffle. Play It Again Sports in Pacific Beach donated golf discs and a bag to the raffle, as well as a disc and mini for the top three finishers in each of the 7 divisions. This tournament wrapped up the Golden Sombrero Series, in which 293 players played in seven events across Southern California (Redlands, San Marcos, Los Angeles, Beaumont, El Cajon (Sycuan), Wrightwood and San Diego), raising $8, 545 for charities that feed the hungry.
Last year’s rain prevented carts, but this year the weather was cool and clear throughout the round, allowing many players to take advantage of riding in a cart. The set up and tear down of the temporary course was well choreographed by the many volunteers that helped throughout the night. Many thanks to Mission Bay Golf Course for the opportunity to hold the tournament and congrats to TD Randy Wylot for a well-run event.