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5th Annual San Marcos Ace Race On The Horizon

July 30, 2012

Join the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association on Saturday, October 13th for the 5th Annual San Marcos Ace Race!  Last year, 130 players gathered at Montiel Park in San Marcos to try out a new prototype putter (newly named the “Zeppelin”), chasing after those elusive holes-in-one (“aces”).  This year, we want 200!!! Or more!!!!!!!!

The Ace Race is a unique disc golf event, where all players use the same disc model to try to score aces. No putting (whew!), just tee shots.  You play 36 holes on a shortened layout, conducive to the goal of “the more aces, the merrier”!  That means 4 times around a very special version of the Montiel course – we have some tricks up our sleeves this year…  The format is very flexible: you make up your own groups to play with and can throw your 36 holes whenever you want on tourney day, as long as you’re done by 3:45pm (so we can add up scores and give out prizes).  And scoring is unique!: all you count are aces and “metal hits” (hitting any part of the basket, on the fly, skipping or rolling).  It’s a great way to play your first tournament (or 200th).

Discraft sets the entry fee at $25.  Every Ace Race around the country (world?) is supposed to charge the same amount.  And what do you get for your $25?  A lot!  2 Z-plastic prototype discs (yet unnamed), a full-color mini Ultrastar, an aluminum water bottle, a pair of sunglasses and a Discraft sticker.  This year’s disc is described as:

“a long range driver, but it could be more accurately described as a hybrid driver…Faster than a Buzzz but slower than a Stalker, the disc offers players controlled fairway shots. At medium to fast speeds this disc will hold the line to finish with a slight hyzer.” 

The Grand Prize for the player with the most aces has not been announced yet, but last year it was a new golf bag filled with eight new Discraft golf discs.

We run the Ace Race as a fundraiser for EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), a group that promotes disc golf in K-12 schools.  We raised $800 last year and hope to surpass that this time around.  Right now we’re looking for a local school to be the rcipient of the discs, portable baskets and disc golf curriculum that EDGE delivers to schools.  Because this event is a fundraiser and not for profit, we ask all players to sign up in advance, so we can order your discs and schwag.  Don’t expect to sign up on Ace Race Day!

This year, as in past years, we plan to have some extra optional competitions. For $1, you can buy into the Ace Pot, which is paid out to all of the players who get aces. Buy more $1 shares to get a larger chunk of the payout.  We’ll also have the ever-popular mini Ace Race (one round for $1, play as often as you like, cash to the winner), and a separate hole-in-one contest (2 throws for $1) with the prize being a DGA Mach-3 basket.

Registration for the Ace Race is now available at DiscGolfU.com.  Sign up today!!  For more information, contact our Ace Race team at aceracesanmarcos@yahoo.com.

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