SoCal Championships open for Registration!

Registration is available on 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)
Official Site:

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.


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 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

Final 2014 SoCal Points – draft

The final 2014 SoCal Series point totals are available for viewing on the 2014 Standings and Results page.  Since the last few events do not have final results posted on the PDGA website the points are subject to change.  But if you think you might be in the running for a high placement, please check your points totals soon, because the SoCal Awards Banquet is coming up soon.

And speaking of the banquet – sign up ASAP for the SoCal Series Award Banquet, which is available for registration at  Held again at Prado Regional Park in Chino, this event is always a lot of fun with great food.  The prize raffle is always overstocked with good stuff – no one goes away empty-handed.  This is also the time that we will be electing officers for the SoCal Board, and there’s usually a heated discussion or two about some issue or another that can be very entertaining.

Play the Fling!

The Fling 18 is coming up on Saturday, October 18th.  Quite a coincidence – the 18th Fling is being heFling 18 graphicld on the 18th.  Here’s some more info from Cliff Towne, co-TD:

2 rounds of 20 or 21 holes, including the infamous “Freeway Hole”!  All Ams will receive a custom-stamped Legacy disc (the new Outlaw? Legacy tells us, “Yes!”) and Pros get 100% cash to the purse and everyone will get a great lunch (it really is!).  Play the Disc Arcade games at lunchtime as well!

Sign up ASAP at

SoCal Am Championships Registration Open for SoCal Members

Many thanks to Rocky Brown for sending us some updated info.  SoCal Championships Am registration is now open for registration to SoCal members only for the next 2 weeks.  The registration code is 1234.  Here is some additional info from the registration page:

Kern County Disc Club welcomes the SoCal Championships to beautiful Hart Park. This event will be played on both the Shark Tooth Mtn. and Suicide Flats Courses. 1st 2 rounds on Sat and 1 on sun. followed by Final 9 for top 4 in ADV, ADV Masters and Int. KCDGC is working with Legacy and Innova to bring you a great players pack. We will be providing BBQ lunh Sat and likely to have vendors on Sat. Players party near course w/ dinner provided. Refer to flyer for any other info So Cal members will have 2 weeks to register prior to any others. Call me for code. Please Call if you would like to sponsor this event.

-Rocky Brown (661) 303-1353

Update – Rocky has the following information about the host hotel:

Kern County Disc Golf Club is pleased to announce that we have secured a great host Hotel. The Hotel Rosedale has lowered the room rate to ensure that all players in the SoCal Championships have a great place to stay at a reasonable rate. to reserve a room at the rate of $55 call the hotel (661) 327-0681 and give them code DG14 to reserve your room. It is likely that players party will be held at adjacent bar and grill.


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