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.
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Posted by socaldg on January 5, 2015
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 DiscGolfU.com 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!
Posted by socaldg on December 31, 2014
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 DiscGolfU.com. 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.
Posted by socaldg on November 26, 2014
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!
Posted by socaldg on September 30, 2014
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 DiscGolfU.com 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 http://www.hotelrosedale.com/ 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.
Posted by socaldg on September 3, 2014
Details are sketchy so far, but the great news is that Santa Maria is back on the SoCal schedule. Registration 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!
Posted by socaldg on June 25, 2014
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
Posted by socaldg on May 12, 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
The SoCal Disc Golf Association board met on Saturday, January 4th for its first meeting of the new year. In addition to the typical housekeeping and procedural issues, the board also discussed the points system used to award SoCal Series divisional championships. A lively discussion had been held at the SoCal end-of-year banquet regarding the points system, with critics of the current system expressing the opinion that the points system was giving too much weight to events that featured large fields or more than two rounds of golf and not enough credit to winners of smaller, one-day events. A proposal for changes to the points system was made at the general membership meeting that occurs as part of the year-end banquet, but that proposal failed to garner enough votes to make changes.
The board continued this discussion at the Jan. 4th meeting. There was general agreement that the series had become dominated by a small number of large-field, two-day events. For example, since the series points system only counted the best 4 tournament point totals for Ams and best 5 for Pros, players could place highly in the standings by playing only the series’ 2-day events (Wintertime Open, La Mirada, Summertime Open, Cannonball Run, Goleta, Wrightwood, Sun Valley, Blue Heron, SoCal Championships), with no 1-day events contributing to their points totals. Board members generally agreed that it would be good to find a way to support increased participation in the often smaller, 1-day events. The board did not feel comfortable with making major changes to the points system without considerable input from the membership. The board did, however, feel that it could make minor adjustments that would not radically change the current system.
The compromise reached was to increase the number of events included in a players’ series points total to seven events for both Am and Pro players. This change would increase the likelihood that more 1-day events would be used in players’ point totals. There was concern that this change would greatly increase the number of events that players seeking division titles would have to play, thus increasing the financial burden for players wishing to be competitive in the title chase. But an analysis of the number of events played by top competitors for the points titles (defined as the top 1/3 of each division in the final points totals) found that top Am players played an average of 7 events in 2013, while top Pro players played an average of 8 events. Thus, players who were seriously competing for the titles were already playing as many events as the rule change called for.
The increase in number of events included in series point totals will go into effect for the current (2014) points series. All other components of the series points system (5 participation points per 18-hole round, 1 point per player beat or tied, 1 bonus point for a win, up to 10 bonus points for number of events played awarded for participation in series championship event) will stay as is. The board encourages members to use this season to discuss both the goals of and the mechanism for the points series in preparation for December’s year-end players meeting.
Posted by socaldg on January 17, 2014
Ever hear the 50+ year old disc golfers talk about the “old days”? About how baskets were smaller, discs were bigger, shorts were shorter and porn-star mustaches were everywhere? Well, fresh from the video vault of Snapper Pierson come some videos of disc golf at Morley Field from back in the ’80’s. So far there are a handful of videos from the Southwestern Team Tournaments of the late 80’s available on YouTube, posted under the account “Morley Field”. They are rather long, 1-2 hours at least, raw footage, so there are a few shots of the ground or the sky when the cameraman forgot to turn off the camera, and there is very little narration.
These videos are a great piece of disc golf history and we thank Snapper for having them converted and posted for the world to see. It’s very interesting to see which holes have remained nearly unchanged for 25-30 years and to try to recognize some of our now-Master/Grandmaster/Senior Grandmaster/Legend players back when their hair wasn’t gray (or it existed), they didn’t have pot bellies and they didn’t creak and groan when they threw. A couple of things to note:
- Attire: Dri-fit shirts were 25 years in the future. Short shorts or sweatpants (sometimes both at the same time) were the norm. Trucker hats were the only hats you could get.
- Discs: Lots of Aviars, Aeros, Super Puppies, XDs, Stingrays, Kitty Hawks. Those big ones with the numbers on them were Midnight Flyers.
- Putting: We’ve gotten better.
- Morley: A lot of the Morley layout hasn’t changed in 25-30 years. Some trees look about the same as they do now, some are tiny (or non-existent).
- Players: So far I think I’ve seen Snapper (looks remarkably the same), Dan “Stork” Roddick, Sam Ferrans, Marcus Cisneros, John Ahart, Steve Killian, possibly Jerry Goff or Dan Shorkey.
I encourage you to take a look at these videos when you have the time. If you played back then or are psychic, help us ID these golfers! In the comments section list who you think you saw, the time stamp on the video, and what they were wearing. Maybe we can get someone to put together a viewer’s guide?
You can find the videos here. Once again, big thanks to Snapper! Enjoy!!
Posted by socaldg on January 9, 2014