Info regarding Conejo Pro/Am signups

Hello SoCal Disc Golf Association,

I need to confess a big mistake. 
I was asked weeks ago if we had to post our tourney flyer on the SoCal Facebook page, the SoCal website, open it on DGU etc.  I said no, and that we were fine.  We would post it and do DGU registrations after giving club members, course supporters, sponsors…a chance to sign up first, (as we’ve done previous years!  Oops!).  Well, our tourney has become much much more popular than I could imagine!  It almost filled up without ever posting on the SoCal Facebook pages, DGU, or doing any advertisement!!!!  We just took info to the course, did a club email (which included a bunch of golfers from around SoCal and a call for sponsorship), and posted on the Conejo Disc Golf Club Facebook page.  It was recently explained to me that this is a HUGE problem and that we may not be able to be a SoCal event!

Well, I’m thankful to let you know that we will remain a SoCal event, and we will abide by the SoCal guideline related to registration for future events.  IN ADDITION, we are opening registration to 20 players through DGU at 7 PM, Sunday, May 8. A wait list will also be included.  Please consider my ignorance and apologies.  I had no ill intentions or even any idea that I was doing something wrong. I hope that if you’ve been looking forward to the Conejo DG Pro/Am you are able to snag one of the 20 openings this Sunday!
Mike Byrne

SoCal’s End-of-Year Banquet!

Sign up now for the final event on the 2015 SoCal Series schedule – the 2015 SoCal Year-end Event and Banquet.

Held Saturday, December 12th at Prado Regional Park in Chino, the year-ended is your first chance to renew your SoCal membership for 2016 (pick out the best disc before anyone else!).  We’ll also play one fun round of golf on the water-lined Prado disc golf course, with prizes for finishers at the top of each third of the leaderboard (don’t ask me – Suzette has it all figured out).

We’ll share a delicious catered lunch at the Prado banquet facility (BYOB – beer is allowed…or encouraged?), followed by the crowning of the 2015 SoCal Series division champions and recognition of TD’s and volunteers.  If you’ve ever wondered where the $2 per player SoCal fee goes from each tournament, it’s right here – top finishers for each division will get either cash (Pros) or tons of cool SoCal-logo merchandise (Ams), as well as personalized mini-Discatcher trophies.

Wedged in there somewhere will be a general membership meeting, with election of officers and voting on changes to club by-laws and series points rules.  Top of the agenda this year: returning the series “participation points ” to the previous method of awarding 5 points per 18 holes played, instead of 5 points per round (which awarded only 10 points for 2-day tournaments like Wrightwood and Santa Maria, played on 27-hole courses).  This travesty of disc golf justice must be overturned!  All two-day, 54-hole tournaments should award 15 participation points!

Another great feature of the year-end event is the “Never-ending Raffle”, which costs $0 to enter and does not end until everyone in attendance has won a prize!  Don’t miss it!


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


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.

Santa Maria Returns to SoCal Series!

Details are sketchy so far, but the great news is that Santa Maria is back on the SoCal scheduleRegistration opens up on DGU June 30th, so there should be more details by then.  According to our highly-placed sources, there are a few additional events in the works on courses that have been off the series schedule for a while, or have never been a SoCal event.  Keep watching our Upcoming Events page for more info!

Final Golden Sombrero Report

Finally, a new Golden Sombrero Series champion!  Hearty congratulations go out to Jason Perdue, who bested the largest Golden Sombrero field yet to take the 2014 title and the fancy-schmancy crown that goes with it.

2014 saw the largest number of events so far in the Golden Sombrero Ice Bowl Series (9), the largest amount of money donated to charity ($11,000+) and the largest number of players in the series (410).  Jason finished the series with a total score of 256 points, beating second-place finisher Chris Horn (225) by 31 points.  Four-time GS champion A.J. Risley finished third with 214 points, followed by Danny Zwolenski (190) and Jason Fitzgerald (174).

The points race puts a premium on beating other players – competitors receive one point for each player that they beat at a Golden Sombrero event, with their top four event totals being used for the series title race.  This format also gives an advantage to players that play in (and do well in) larger events, where they can earn more points.  In past years this meant that the champion had to play the largest Ice Bowl in SoCal – The Ice Bowl in Paradise @ Chavez Ridge.  That looked to be true again in 2014, as going into the final weekend, A.J. held a comfortable 38-point lead over Danny and 41 points over Chris, due to a 2nd-place finish at Chavez.  But this year, the landscape changed…

Participation was great at this year’s Ice Bowls, with 55 players at Redlands, 47 at Prado, 83 at Chavez, 64 at Yucaipa, 44 at Sycuan, 51 at San Marcos, 64 at Murrieta, 54 at Wrightwood and a whopping 101 at Mission Bay!  Chris’ strong 2nd place finish at Wrightwwod moved him into the lead on Saturday evening of the final weekend, while Jason’s win leap-frogged him into 3rd place overnight.

Standings after Wrightwood:
Place   Name                        Points      Events
1          Chris Horn                 225               4
2          A.J. Risley                  214               5
3          Jason Perdue             201              4
4          Danny Zwolenski      190               7
5          Mark Horn                163                3
6          Mark Verrochi          160               3
7          Allen Risley               152                5
8         Bill Maury-Holmes   148                3
9         Tim Caldwell              137                3
10       David Patrick             123               4

Jason’s strong second-place finish at Mission Bay, coupled with the humongous number of players in that event vaulted him into first place when the dust (or fog) settled on Sunday evening.  To his credit, he finished the series with three wins (Sycuan, San Marcos and Wrightwood) and one second-place finish – Jason kicked sombrero butt!

Final Standings (after Mission Bay):
Place    Name                        Points        Events
1           Jason Perdue             256               5
2          Chris Horn                  225               4
3          A.J. Risley                   214               5
4          Danny Zwolenski       190               8
5          Jason Fitzgerald         174               3
6          Mark Horn                  163               3
7          Mark Verrochi            160               3
8          Allen Risley                 152               5
9          Patrick Paramore      150               3
10        Bill Maury-Holmes   148                3

Golden Sombrero full results.