2012 – Year-end Wrap-up

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!

Ho, Ho, Ho at Sylmar on Saturday!

Need just one more PDGA-sanctioned SoCal event before 2013?  Then sign up for the X-mas Open, to be held at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar on Saturday, December 22nd.  Registration must be done online at DiscGolfU.com. Non-stop TD Gary Sandoval continues to out-TD the rest of us, continuously providing sanctioned events for rabid players.  My only question is: will he be wearing a Santa suit?

SoCal Year-End Banquet Info

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 wylot@sbcglobal.net.

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.


Layout Info for SoCal Pro Weekend

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.

Hole-by-hole description of Brengle Terrace Park DGC.

Hole-by-hole description of Kit Carson Park DGC.

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 (wylot@sbcglobal.net).

SoCal Championships – Nov. 10/11 and 17/18

Sign ups are on DiscGolfU.com:   Ams  Pros

Course layouts for Am weekend: Kit Carson ParkBrengle Terrace Park

Great Weekend at Long Beach Open!

Word out in SoCal Disc Golf-land is that the 2012 Long Beach Open presented by West Coast Disc Golf was a big success!  Full fields on both days and a very smoothly run event.  Congrats to Jeff Spohr and his band of volunteers for a great effort.  Here’s how the event was summarized on the West Coast Facebook page:

We had a great weekend hosting the West Coast Disc Golf 2012 Long Beach Open. Congratulations to the winners and new proud owners of a pair of brand new Oakley sunglasses: Men’s Open winner Steve Rico, Women’s Open winner McKayla Thomas, Masters winner Mike Bush, Women’s Masters winner Indigo Brude, Grandmasters winner Dan Henton, Senior Grandmasters winner Dennis DenDog Gordon, Legends winner Ray Carr, Mens Advanced AM winner Kyle Maddox, Advanced Masters winner Anthony Bassett, Intermediate winner Aaron Hagner, and Recreational winner Andy Tith. Would also like to thank our sponsors Legacy Discs, Innova, Gateway, Kinetic Disc Golf, and Play It Again Sports Los Alamitos. And an extra special THANK YOU to our West Coast Team for helping things run smoothly: Ryan Spohr, Davis Masey-Miller, Tommy Eckmann, Robert McIntee, Dave Pechi, Matt Spies, Robert Smith, Liam Watson, and Kory Allen.

Congrats to all the winners!  The large size of the field may have shaken up the points race in a few divisions.  Next up….SoCal Championships @ Kit Carson and Brengle Terrace Parks in North County San Diego!

Coming Up: SoCal Championships!

The final events of the SoCal Series, the SoCal Disc Golf Championships, will be held over two weekends in November – November 10 & 11 for amateurs and November 17 & 18 for Professionals.  Both weekends will be held on courses in North County San Diego: Kit Carson Park in Escondido and The San Diego Aces Disc Golf Course @ Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.  Each tournament will have golfers playing three rounds, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.  Details on which courses on which days is forthcoming.  Registration for both weekends is being held online at DiscGolfU.com, with separate signup pages for Ams and Pros.

Tournament Director and SoCal President Randy Wylot is promising a smoothly-run event, with lunch available for players on Saturday.  Innova Disc Golf is back once again as the major sponsor of the SoCal Championships, which means a great payout.  Additional sponsors are DiscGolfValues.com, SDSF Pro Shop @ KCP and the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association.

Very important!!!  Sign-ups for the tournament are restricted for SoCal members only until Nov. 1st.  After Nov. 1st registration will open up for players who are not SoCal members.  If you are a SoCal member, now is the time to sign up!

Additional info is available on the SoCal Championships Flyer, and on DiscGolfU.


Green Valley & Long Beach Loom Large in SoCal Series Race

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!

Paul McBeth Brings World Title Glory to SoCal!

PDGA Worlds 2012 in Charotte, NC was an amazing experience!  Over 1,100 disc golfers competing, loads of volunteers, sponsors, spectators and all-around hospitable Charlottians (or whatever you call them.  And there was the heat – 95 to 98 degrees each day with 90-95+% humidity.  And the tight courses (can you say “Angry Beaver”?).

But one thing is for certain.  The best disc golf played in Charlotte last week was played by SoCal disc golfer Paul McBeth (of Huntington Beach), who blistered the bark off the trees on his way to a 5-shot win in the Open Pro division.  The “McBeast” was beastly (and Roc-ly, Aviar P&A-ly and Destroyer-ly), catching North Carolina local Michael Johannsen at the end of the week and besting Innova teammates Will Schusterick and Ricky Wysocki.  Paul has had a great year on tour, with big wins at the Wintertime Open, Memorial and Masters Cup; along with top-5 finishes at the Gentlemen’s Club, St. Patrick’s Classic, Glass Blown Open, Kansas City Wide Open and total prize money (so far) of over $14,000.  But being World Champ?  How do you top that!  Maybe with a signature disc?  Hmmmm….

For more detailed coverage of Worlds 2012, click on the link from PDGA below and check out the video too!

Dramatic Finish to Worlds | Professional Disc Golf Association.

Rico Tames The Goat!

Alternate Shot-Doubles-Skins in the dark with the sprinklers on at a ball golf course is a crazy way to end a tournament, but if you’re Steve Rico…you gotta love it.  And the extra $400 to split with your partner helps.  Rico had earlier made up a three-shot deficit in the second round, firing a 1050-rated, 10-under par 54 on the 10,811 foot Goat Hill layout to take the $410 1st prize in the Men’s Open division of The Challenge @ Goat Hill in Oceanside, California.  You might say he had a good afternoon.

This was the second year that Bellows Golf Management, who runs Goat Hill for the City of Oceanside, hosted The Challenge – a PDGA C-tier tournament.  108 players converged on the course, playing two rounds of cart-enhanced disc golf under sunny skies and a persistent wind.  Innova Disc Golf supplied great player-pack schwag while Disc Golf Values supplied beautiful Metal Flake and Blizzard tournament discs.  In the Men’s Open division, local San Diegan Micah Dorius and Huntington Beach’s Jeff Spohr jumped out to an early lead with matching 6-under 57’s.  Trey McKelvey was two shots back with a 59, with Rico and Philo Braithwaite lurking one stoke further back at 60.  But Rico’s 2nd-round 54 was four shots better than anyone else’s score, and eclipsed the field. Brothers Max and Alex Nichols of nearby Ramona, CA rounded out the list of cashing pros in MPO.

Kimmy Jones, of Phoeniz, Arizona made the trip west a successful one, by taking first place in the Open Women’s division.  She battled with La Mirada’s Indigo Brude for the win, adding two strokes to her first-round one stroke lead and taking home the goat trophy.  There was a tight battle in Pro Masters, where good friends Chris Brophy and Dan Duron needed two holes of sudden death before Brophy earned the title.  Their final scores of 3-under were only one shot better than former World Champion Steve Wisecup (-2), followed by Las Vegas’ Jeff Jacquart (-1) and L.A.’s Rick Hoffa (E).  Steve Killian rode his collection of orange discs to a two-throw win in Pro Grandmasters, besting Marcus Cisneros (+4), Jeff Nichols (+7) and Rob Wilson (+7).

Three of the four amateur divisions contested required sudden-death playoffs to determine the winner.  In Men’s Advanced (sponsored by SDSF Pro Shop), A.J. Risley took the lead after the first round, firing a 1010-rated 59 to take a 2-shot lead over Ethan Wellin and Steve Evans, 3 shots over Matt Hutchings, Jeremy Barnes and Patrick Paramore.  Wellin’s steady play in round 2, however, allowed him to make up the deficit and force a playoff.  Ethan was able to hit his birdie putt on the treacherous peninsula hole (#2) to take the win.  In Men’s Intermediate (sponsored by Legacy Discs), Nick Wright won the 1st-place playoff over 1st-round leader Justin Carter, while Ben Walnum won the 3rd-place playoff over Kevin Christie.  A playoff was also needed to resolve the winner of the Men’s Recreational Division (sponsored by DGA), where Wes Scheider took the title over David Phillips.  Michael Brayton (+4), whose wife had secretly signed him up for the tournament as a gift, rode that high to first place in Advanced Masters (sponsored by the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club), just ahead of Paul Morgavo (+6), Bill Maury-Holmes (+8) and Anthony Bassett (+8). 

But the fun wasn’t over.  All day long, players and spectators had been buying raffle tickets for a chance to be paired with a pro player to compete in the VooDoo Disc Golf Final 4 Challenge.  Four pros were to be paired with four raffle winners (who also received VooDoo golf bags) to play four holes of alternate-shot doubles, with four $100 skins on the line.  Micah Dorius and Jeff Spohr got in based on their first-round 57’s, with Rico’s 54 and Max Nichols’ 58 in the second round filling the last two spots.  Even though the sun was setting, TD Allen Risley, fearing a riot (good-natured, of course), decided to let the contest go on.  The four pros each pulled a raffle ticket: Micah selected Scott Beyma (MM1), Max selected Greg Arimura (MM1), Jeff picked Stephen Brown (MA3) and Steve picked…his Sylmar homie, MPO player Alex Sardelich.  What happened next is not completely clear, since it was very dark.  But according to the scorekeeper the four teams pushed on all four holes, finishing the last hole (Hole 18) under sprinkler fire.  In the end, Rico and Sardelich took the $400 based on their overall low score.

Many thanks to major sponsors Bellows Golf Management, DiscGolfValues.com and Innova Disc Golf, as well as amateur divisional sponsors: SDSF Pro Shop, Legacy Discs, DGA and the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club.  Thank you also to Mark, owner of The CheeseSteak Grill, who supplied every player with a free 9” cheesesteak sandwich for lunch or dinner!


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