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.
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Posted by socaldg on January 26, 2015
Things are just getting back to normal on the disc golf courses around Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota after the hubbub of 612 disc golfers competing for the PDGA Amateur World Championships. But a few Southern California disc golfers brought some of that excitement back home with them.
San Diego’s Vanessa Van Dyken kept her perfect PDGA tournament record alive at 7-0 by winning the Advanced Women’s division (FA1) at this year’s Am Worlds. Vanessa took the lead after shooting the hot round (53) in the 3rd round and never looked back on her way to a 6-shot win. Smashboxxtv was providing lots of live video coverage of the tournament play, and you can see their full round played at Bryant Lake here.
Santa Barbara’s Mark Hauser is a fixture in SoCal Disc Golf. Mark has 38 PDGA wins since 2001, including seven (yes, seven!) Tim Selinske U.S. Masters titles in the Advanced Grandmaster division. Mark had come in second twice, third and fifth at Am Worlds, but this year he took the title in Men’s Advanced Senior Grandmasters (MS1)! After dueling with Florida’s Michael Schweitzer for the first three rounds, Mark took the lead in round #4 and cruised to a 19-shot victory. Congrats Dr. Mark!
Perhaps the most buzz around SoCal last week was generated by the play of Robert “Robot” Smith of Fountain Valley, playing in the Advanced Men’s division (MA1). Robot shot out of the gate quickly with a 1030-rated first round and held the lead after the first, second and third rounds. He stumbled a little during the fourth round to drop into second place but quickly stormed back in the fifth round to regain the lead. His cardmates picked up strokes on him in round six and the semi-finals as the top four players were all tied up going in to the 9-hole finals. Robot stumbled on the first few holes of the final and ended up taking third place, but he was an obvious crowd favorite with his massive drives. Several of Robot’s rounds are available for viewing on Smashboxxtv’s YouTube page.
Congrats to all of the SoCal disc golfers who made the trip to Minnesota, and thanks for representing us proudly!
Posted by socaldg on July 28, 2014
The 2014 Golden Sombrero of Ice Bowls has will be the biggest in the series’ history. Begun as the “Triple Crown of Ice Bowls” (Redlands, Palm Desert, San Marcos) in 2008 by Bill Maury-Holmes and Allen Risley, the series has evolved into nine charity events crammed into the first two months of the year. The series changed its name one year later with the addition of a fourth event (Sun Valley/San Diego) to the Golden Sombrero Series and has kept that moniker ever since.
Each year the series has crowned a champion, who is awarded a golden, decorated sombrero at the series-closing event. In the early years the champion was the player who beat the most other players at all of the events combined. As the series grew it was decided to put a cap on the number of events included in a player’s points total, and that cap has been set at four events. Players receive a point for each other player in an event who they beat (no points for players tied). Since many of the Ice Bowl events allow for the use of mulligans ($1 each), some have argued that it’s possible to buy a series win. With the addition of the Ice Bowl in Paradise in 2011 and inclusion of the San Marcos Super Ice Bowl – neither of which included mulligan use – that claim is harder to defend.
This year’s series has had a record number of players so far, with 318 participating in the first seven events, thanks to big turnouts at Chavez (83), Yucaipa (64) and Murrieta (64). This year’s series championship is still up for grabs going into the final two events this weekend – the Wrightwood Ice Bowl and the San Diego Ice Bowl @ Mission Bay. The current top 5 players are listed below with their point totals (and number of events played in parentheses):
- A.J. Risley – 214 points (5 events played)
- Danny Zwolenski – 176 (6)
- Chris Horn 173 (3)
- Allen Risley 152 (5)
- (tie) Bill Maury-Holmes 148 (3), Jason Perdue 148 (3)
Four-time defending champion A.J. Risley is currently in the lead with 214 points. Since neither A.J. nor 2009 champ Allen Risley are playing in Ice Bowls this weekend, their scores will not change. But other players still have a shot:
- Danny Zwolenski can catch A.J. if he can beat 72 players in one of the events and none of the other top players pass him.
- Likewise for Chris Horn, who needs to beat 42 players at Wrightwood to pass A.J. (Chris needs to hope for more walk-up entrants on Saturday, current registration is 37).
- Bill Maury-Holmes needs to beat at least 67 players at Wrightwood, which is not likely to happen (sorry Bill).
- Jason Perdue needs to beat 67 players at either Wrightwood or Mission Bay to pass A.J. He is unlikely to have enough players in the field at Wrightwood, but the Mission Bay field is 94 players, which gives him a strong chance.
So don’t expect to know the outcome of the Golden Sombrero championship race until late in the evening on Sunday (Mission Bay is played under the lights). But we already know the big winners from this year’s Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls – the local charities that will be receiving cash and canned food donated by our players!
Posted by socaldg on February 21, 2014
Join So Cal DGA for an 18 hole event at Prado Regional Park in Chino followed by the annual awards banquet and full membership meeting. Early registration is requested so the proper amount of meals can be ordered. Sign up ASAP at DiscGolfU.com: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1048
Check in 8:30am – Player Meeting 10:00 – Tee to follow – Banquet Begins appx 1:30pm. Banquet takes place at the meeting hall and banquet facility in Prado Park. Alcohol is legal in Prado Park, however no alcohol will be available (BYOB). If you or a friend won a series championship this year (or came close), show up so the assembled SoCal players can give you a round of applause…and you can pick up your prize!
This is a flighted event. Your final score will determine how you will place in one of three flights. Minimal prizes will be awarded throughout each flight. Other prizes will be awarded during the raffle held during the full membership meeting and So Cal Series Awards banquet. Players may join an optional side action bet on the day of the event. Everyone who joins or renews with So Cal DGA at the event (or online registration) may pick up the 2014 So Cal Bag Tag and Membership disc. So Cal will also offer $5.00 discount on all PDGA memberships and renewals taken at the event (or online registration).
But wait! There’s more! SoCal will be holding a Hott Shott putting contest during the day’s festivities! $1 to enter (up to 3 times, all proceeds go to EDGE) – compete for a State or National Championship. More info at: http://www.pdga.com/be-a-hott-shott
If you are interested in serving on the 2014 Board of Directors, please contact Suzette at 909-481-6266.
Prado Regional Park – 16700 Euclid Avenue, Chino, CA 91708 (909) 597-4260. Park gates open at 7:30am.
PRADO CHARGES $10.00 PER CARLOAD FOR ENTRY ON WEEKENDS. Entry into park is NOT included in event/banquet fees.
Posted by socaldg on December 5, 2013
Summer is coming to an end, and it’s back-to-school time for many. It’s also Back-to-the-SoCal-Series time, as the schedule picks back up after a semi-hiatus for Am and Pro Worlds. Oh yeah, speaking of Pro Worlds…SoCal native Paul “McBeast” McBeth chalked up his second straight PDGA Worlds title with a 5-shot win over Dave “Feldbeard” Feldberg. Steve Rico made a run at the top card, finishing 7th overall and HB’s Kyle Eckmann got some great mid-week DiscGolfPlanet.tv exposure on the lead card before fading to 14th place. Congrats to all of our SoCal disc golfers that made the trip to Pro Worlds at Lemon Lake, Indiana and Am Worlds at Emporia, Kansas!
The Skyhigh Showdown signaled to return to activity for SoCal disc golf, with Suzette Simons putting on another great event for 193 players at the 7000-ft. high Skyhigh disc golf course. A weekend of dry, but windy weather provided challenges for the players, but many who had played last year remarked about how much nicer it was to not finish amidst lightning and hailstones. Steve Rico gobbled up a ton of SoCal Series points in his 6-stroke win over the Men’s Open division. Shadd Wade, Logan Turner and Chris Brophy tied for second place. Other tournament highlights included 14-year-old Connor Hanrahan’s 4-shot win in Men’s Advanced and Anthony Bassett’s win in Advanced Masters, noteworthy because Anthony played 108 holes as part of the “Ironman” competition. Full results for the Skyhigh Showdown are available at PDGA.com.
September is a busy month for the SoCal Series, with three events on the schedule. First up is The Open @ Sun Valley (Sept. 7/8), filling the spot traditionally held by the Sun Valley Open. Same location, same great 18-hole layout on the hilly ball golf course, just different TD’s. Two weeks later (Sept. 21) at Verdugo Hills is another tournament held on a ball golf course – the Verdugo Hills Open. TD Gary Sandoval has put together a 1-day, 2-round event on the popular Verdugo Hills layout, with some of the best elevation-change holes in SoCal. September rounds out with a tournament that brings the SoCal Series back to one of the older courses in the region, Whittier Narrows. The Blue Heron Open presented by Arroyo Disc Sports (Sept. 28/29) is the first PDGA-sanctioned event run by Logan Turner and the Arroyo boys, and we’re looking forward to it. Looking ahead to October, the ever fun Chavez Ridge DGC hosts the Fling XVII, with the return of the ever popular Freeway Hole. Sign up for these events today!
Posted by socaldg on August 30, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- 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.
- 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!
Posted by socaldg on February 1, 2013
Well, 2012 is winding down, and it was a big year for disc golf in SoCal. Eighteen events on the SoCal Series schedule (and it seemed half of them were run by Gary “Ironman” Sandoval!), a new ball golf/disc golf course in the SoCal Series (Verdugo Hills), a SoCal Series tournament with three venues in one day (Cannonball Run), the return of Eldo to the schedule, seven Ice Bowls, new courses all over (Murrieta, Vista, Burbank, Lompoc, Redlands and other private courses, I’m sure), rapid growth by Legacy and continued Innova-tion from Innova, great play from upstarts and old farts alike and a PDGA World Champion with SoCal roots. Whew. The SoCal Disc Golf Club also saw some changes, with a new crop of board members, new website, Facebook and Twitter presences.
The competition throughout the SoCal Series was hot. Steve Rico held the lead in Men’s Open all year, but always had Philo and Max Nichols nipping at his heels. Indigo Brude took the Ladies’ Open title, and almost won Men’s Rec too! A.J. Risley won Men’s Advanced and finished 5th in Men’s Open – he played enough events to collect the most points by any player this year (438). But the closest race of the year was in Men’s Pro Grandmasters, where Steve Killian and Todd Banks both finished with 112 points. Steve won the title based on the tie-breaker: playing more events. The Champions of the SoCal Series were honored at the year-end banquet last Saturday at Prado Regional Park. Suzette Simons, Vicky Wisecup and Randy Wylot put on a fantastic event with good competition, great food and an extensive prize raffle. We would also like to acknowledge all of the SoCal Series Champions here:
|Men’s Pro Open||Steve Rico|
|Men’s Pro Masters||Jerry Goff|
|Men’s Pro Grandmasters||Steve Killian|
|Men’s Pro Senior Grandmasters||Tom Clickner|
|Men’s Pro Legends||Bill Richards|
|Ladies’ Pro Open||Indigo Brude|
|Ladies’ Pro Masters||Emina Weaver|
|Ladies’ Pro Grandmasters||Susie Horn|
|Men’s Advanced Amateur||A.J. Risley|
|Men’s Advanced Master||Anthony Bassett|
|Men’s Advanced Grandmaster||Mark Hauser|
|Men’s Advanced Senior Grandmaster||Jeffrey Brown|
|Men’s Intermediate Amateur||Justin Proffitt|
|Men’s Recreational Amateur||Troy Coffin|
|Men’s Novice Amateur||Mike Ventress|
|Junior Boys (under 20)||Caleb Phillips|
|Junior Boys (under 17)||Connor Hanrahan|
|Ladies’ Advanced Amateur||Helen Wilson|
|Ladies’ Advanced Master||Helen Wilson|
|Ladies’ Intermediate Amateur||Karie Fisher|
We’re looking forward to a great SoCal Disc Golf 2013. An expanded schedule, including the return of events at Huntington Beach and La Mirada is in the works. We have been blessed with a great group of TDs and volunteers, and of course a great group of players. Help us make SoCal better by renewing your membership, and bringing along a few friends as members and volunteers. The future is bright for disc golf in SoCal!
Posted by socaldg on December 19, 2012
The year-end SoCal Banquet/Membership Meeting/Challenge Round is coming up on Saturday, December 15th at Prado Regional Park in Chino. The schedule for the day is: Check-in for Challenge Round 8:30am – Player Meeting 10:00am – Tee-off To Follow – Banquet Begins 1:30. Registration includes entry into the event and the awards banquet – $20 for current SoCal members, $25 for non-members.
This will be a full flighted event. Your final score will determine how you will place in one of three flights. Minimal prizes will be awarded throughout each flight. Other prizes will be awarded during the raffle held during the membership meeting and awards banquet. A fully catered meal will be provided at the awards banquet featuring mexican food. Alcohol is legal in Prado Park (we won’t have it available, so bring your own).
Everyone who joins or renews with SoCal DGA at the event can pick up their new 2013 SoCal Tag and Membership Disc. There will also be a 5$ discount on PDGA membership renewals at the event. If you are interested in serving on the SoCal Board of Directors, contact Randy Wylot @ 619-709-7927 or email@example.com.
Location: Prado Regional Park – 16700 Euclid Ave., Chino, Ca. 91708 (909) 597-4260
Park gates open at 7:30am. There is a $10 per carload for entry on weekends. Park entry is NOT included in the entry fee.
Posted by socaldg on December 5, 2012
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted by socaldg on November 15, 2012
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!
Posted by socaldg on September 30, 2012