With the SoCal Disc Golf Series winding down to a close, several division races are still very close coming down to the wire, and these last few events may be the deciders. Two SoCal events are on tap for October: the Green Valley Open, being held at Yucaipa Regional Park on October 6&7; and the Long Beach Open, held at El Dorado Park on October 20&21. Both events still have spots open and have online registration available through DiscGolfU.com. Click on the tournament names above to go to the registration site. Eric Audet’s Oak Valley boys always deliver a fun event, but probably without the Sunday morning round in the snow at the Am tournament held this Spring. Reasonably-priced camping, available at the park, makes this a great event for the budget-conscious player. The Long Beach Open, presented by Jeff Spohr’s West Coast Disc Golf, will feature separate Am and Pro days, which allows more players into the event. WDGC has reportedly put together a great player pack for Ams, and solid payout for top finishers on both days.
With just one month to go before the SoCal Championships, here’s how the points series races are shaping up:
MPO: Steve Rico currently leads Philo Braithwaite by one point, 219 to 218, with Max Nichols in third (205). This race is so close it will definitely come down to the wire. Max still has a chance to catch up, especially since the SoCal Championships will be held on one course he helped design (Brengle Terrace) and one he has played very well on in the past (Kit Carson).
FPO: Indigo Brude has a very solid lead over Kimmy Jones – 82 to 50. There really aren’t enough events left with big FPO fields to make up that difference.
MPM: Jerry Goff holds a 23-point lead over three players: Richard Hoffa, Dan Duron and Mike Bush, 138 to 115. They’ll need a big field at SoCal Champs to catch him.
FPM & FPG: These two divisions share players – it really depends on who’s showing up at each event to decide which division they’ll play in. Emina Weaver leads Helen Wilson in FPM, 15 to 12; and Susie Horn (31 points) leads Suzette Simons (19), Helen Wilson (17) and Emina Weaver (16). The front-runners hold a distinct advantage.
MPG: One of the closesr, most-contested divisions. Marcus Cisneros (94) leads Steve Killian (91), Todd Banks (89) and Randy Wylot (87) by just a few points. This could be decided the final weekend.
MPS: Tom Clickner leads the division with 85 points. Glenn Triemstra (55), Phil Ganshert (43) and Mark Horn (41) could all catch him, but only if they play the final few events. Tom has played 5, the others only 2 or 3 (best 5 point totals count).
MPL: Bill Richards (34 points) has another title locked up.
MA1: A.J. Risley leads this large division with 143 points, ahead of Jeff Russell (132), Steve Valencia (131) and Patrick Paramore (123). Jeff and Steve could still catch A.J. if they were to finish at the top of a large field at the SoCal Championships, at least ten spots better than A.J.
FA1, FM1, FA2: Helen Wilson leads Karie Fisher in FA1, 32 to 15. Helen also has the FM1 title wrapped up with 44 points, while Karie will surely win FA2 with 33 points so far.
MM1: Roger Snider (90 points) may ride his win over the series’ largest field at the Wintertime Open all the way to the title. His 90 points will be hard to catch for Anthony Bassett (81) and Jon Ventress (79).
MG1: Mark Hauser leads Gary Abraham 78 to 72 so far. In order to catch Mark, Gary needs to win an event with a large field…and have Mark stumble.
MS1: Jeffery Brown has this locked up.
MA2: Justin Proffitt (136 points) leads Joshua Fisher (124) and Aaron Hagner (123), and once again, they need to beat a large field and have him falter or not show up in order to catch him.
MA3: Matthew Garber and Troy Coffin are tied, with 111 points apiece! A strong showing in the last few events will decide the title. Indigo Brude (104) has a slim outside chance.
MA4: Another close one. Mike Ventress (33 points), Steve Reinhard (32) and Corbin Brown (30) could each take the title.
MJ1: Caleb Phillips leads Martin Arcos, 17 to 15.
Many of these series titles depend on the last few events of the season, most notably the neck-and-neck Men’s Open battle between Rico and Braithwaite. Let’s pack these last few tournaments!