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 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!

-Allen Risley

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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 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.

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 DiscGolfScene.com

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 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.

New Disc Golf Course at Mt. Waterman Hosting Monthly Tournaments


Many thanks to Kyle Hughes and Jeff Nyerges for providing this info:

Mt. Waterman Monthy
4th Sunday (Starting Sept 28)
TD: Kyle Hughes/Jeff Nyerges
$25 for Am’s, $30 for Pro’s (Includes $10 lift fee)
Warming Hut has food and drinks available for additional purchase.
Contact: Kyle Hughes: 818-426-6468
or Jeff Nyerges: 408-598-0142

Players Battle Severe Weather at the Skyhigh Showdown


Our thanks to Jon Ho for this story!

Many thanks go out to Suzette Simons for doing such an amazing job TDing the Sky High Showdown and keeping everyone safe, especially under such tough conditions!! Saturday, while being a little windy and overcast, went off without a hitch. Sunday, however, rained throughout the Pro round in the morning and the threat of a lightning storm loomed. The Pros finished up fine, though, thankfully. But during the Am round later in the day, it really began to pour. Suzette kept checking in the Mt. Lodge Staff to make sure that everyone would be safe, but when the lightning started to come in fast and heavy, she had to call everyone in. With nearly 100 people all stacked in the lodge, Suzette did her best to keep hope alive and keep all the Ams happy while we all waited to see if they could be sent back out to finish the round.

Unfortunately, after about an hour in the lodge, Sky High staff recommended that the tourney be called off, so Suzette had to make the announcement, much to everyone’s dismay. There were some great folks that jumped up and volunteered to get the raffle going while Suzette worked furiously to make sense of the numbers, saw what holes everyone in each division had played and could be counted in the final scores for the day. It was huge mess, but Suzette really pulled it all together in an amazing way!!

Big thanks also to all the gents that volunteered to run the raffle: Danny Behl, Jeremy Fairchild, Keith R. Wilson, and Jeff Nyerges!! And huge thanks to all the great folks that stuck around to help clean up the lodge: Mike Jewel, Tiara Cargile, Jeff Nyerges, and Chris Mattox!! I don’t think Suzette was able to head down the mountain until after 8:30pm, and that wouldn’t even been possible without the help of you great folks!! Thanks again to everyone (who helped), and apologies to anyone whose name I’ve missed here!!

Results on PDGA.com for the Pro divisions.

Results on PDGA.com for the Am divisions. (PDGA rules stipulate that only complete round scores can be reported)

Strong Showing by Southern California Disc Golfers at 2014 Am Worlds


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!

SoCal Expands to Bakersfield!


At the SoCal member meeting held back in December at Prado Regional Park, many members expressed that they would like to see the SoCal Championships rotate to different locations.  You asked for it, you got it!2014 Champ logo

The 2014 SoCal Championships will be held November 8-9 (Ams) and November 15-16 (Pros) at Hart Park in Bakersfield, using both the mountain and flats courses.  Rocky Brown is merging his popular Sharktooth Open tournament with the SoCal Championships, sharing the TD duties with SoCal President Randy Wylot.  Registration will be available soon on DGU and a flyer is available for download here.

The plan for future years is to rotate the championship tournaments between different locations in SoCal, such as Santa Maria, Lake Casitas, La Mirada and north San Diego.  Doing this will require the assistance of TDs and volunteers at these locations, so be ready to help when the SoCal Championships are in your backyard!

The SoCal Championships at Hart Park will top off a SoCal Series that has seen it’s greatest number of events ever, with new tournament locations and new TDs joining the SoCal Series.  See you in Bako!\

Recent update (7/28/2014) from Rocky Brown: “Host hotel is the Marriott on Truxtun avenue. I am negotiating rooms at $69 they are very nice rooms and about as close as you can get to the course in a hotel.

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!

Disc Golf in Pasadena Senior Games!


From Mark Horn:

“Only two weeks till the Senior Olympics disc golf at Oak Grove. Come join us or if you aren’t old enough, let someone who is know. It’s a fun day of golf on the short course and then the tournament course with lunch and a t-shirt in the deal. Call me or e-mail for more details.”

The event is on Saturday, June 21 beginning at 8am.  You can find details on this flyer.  Many thanks to Mark and Susie for hosting this event!