Who’s in the lead in the Golden Sombrero standings after seven events? None other than Redlands TD and co-GS Instigator Bill Maury-Holmes! Bill’s 163 points after playing in four events give him a ten point lead over multi-time GS Champ A.J. Risley. But A.J. will not be playing any more Golden Sombrero events this season, as he will be playing at the Gentleman’s Club Challenge in Las Vegas and the Memorial in Scottsdale. Mark Verrochi could mount a late charge with three events remaining, as he has only played three events so far and is third in the points at 125. Cory Marstellar is two behind Mark at 123 to round out the top four.
But really, there are a whole bunch of disc golfers who still have a shot at this year’s title. That’s because the three remaining events: Wrightwood, Mission Bay and Colina Park could all have large fields, which means big points. Mission Bay in particular has a history of fielding close to 100 players, so Bill better watch his back! Wrightwood may also draw a big crowd after players hear the news that all 27 holes will be available for play (barring a huge snowstorm between now and next Saturday). Remember – your top four point totals count in the standings.
The top ten players so far in the Golden Sombrero standings are:
|Overall Standings (after 7 events)|
|A. J. Risley||153||4|
Winners of the events so far:
Redlands: Cory Marsteller
Prado: Patrick Brickley
Chavez Ridge: Steve Rico
Murrieta: Aaron Cribbes
Sycuan: Tadas Mikuzis
Yucaipa: Cory Marsteller
San Marcos: Mark Verrochi
Full Golden Sombrero standings after six events can be found here.
The San Diego Aces have helped Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights (San Diego) install 18 Discatchers on their pitch and putt golf course. The holes are from 148′ to 310′, with most in the 220-250′ range. Pins are tucked close to greens and bunkers to provide challenge and the landscape has ample elevation change, which is utilized with a few baskets perched on drop-offs. Open for disc golf play on Friday, Jan. 23rd, tee times recommended.
Colina Park is home to the First Tee of San Diego and Pro Kids Golf Academy, organizations that use golf as a vehicle for teaching life skills to kids. City Heights is a disadvantaged neighborhood and the kids enrolled in the Pro Kids Academy have a homework club and tutoring to assist them with their studies. No golf until homework is complete.
Since the facility is kid-focussed there is no smoking and no alcohol permitted on site or in the parking lot. Shirts and shoes required. The golf course is in pristine condition and should prove to be a fun place to exercise your midrange and putter game. Greens fees are $7 on weekdays, $8 on weekends with a $10 all-day option. Tee times recommended.
The Aces will hold an Ice Bowl tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28th, benefitting the San Diego Food Bank. This will be the final event in the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls. One round, starting at 2pm. $25 entry fee includes a Golden Sombrero-stamped disc and 3 mulligans. Players may purchase an additional ten mulligans for $1 each (but no more than ten!). Watch for registration on DGU.
[This article was originally posted on the SoCal Disc Golf website: http://www.socaldiscgolf.org
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
Add to that the Colina Park Ice Bowl on Saturday, February 28th!
(More events may be added, links will be updated as they become available)
In 2014, we raised nearly $4,000 toward a Daniel Boe Memorial as part of the Shootout at KCP. This year we are celebrating the birthday (March 27th) and life of Daniel Boe by honoring him with this PDGA A-Tier, Steady Ed Tour and SoCal Series Event.
The event will be played at Kit Carson Park and will consist of 3 rounds of Disc Golf for each division. There will be two pools of participants (divisions in each of the pools will be selected closer to the event). Pool A will play one round Saturday, March 27th and two rounds Sunday, March 28th. Pool B will play two rounds Saturday and one round Sunday. Raffle and awards to follow the last round on Sunday.The registration process for the event will be as follows:
- A. 2014 Shootout at KCP volunteers and players will have first priority to register (as our way of saying thank you for your help in 2014). The window will be for 2 weeks (Sunday, January 4, 6:00 PM until Saturday, January 17, 6:00 PM).
- B. Professional players (players playing in the MPO, FPO, MPM, MPG, and MPS divisions) will be able to pre-register second (Sunday, January 18, 6:00 PM until Saturday, January 31, 6:00 PM). If you are a touring professional looking to reserve a spot, please contact Mark Verrochi.
- C. Open Registration will begin on Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 PM. All divisions will be open for filling at that time.
- D. If the event is full, there is still a chance you can get in. Sign up on the waitlist and if someone drops out, we will call the next person on the list. Also, on Friday March 27th, we will be having a Qualifier at 11:00 AM for all remaining waitlisted players. The best five scores from the Qualifier will earn the final five spots in the tournament.
Following the Qualifier, there will also be Doubles at 2:00 PM and a Birthday Party at 6:00 PM consisting of a player’s meeting where you can pick up your player’s pack and cake! Our plan is also to show the documentary: The Invisible String (it’s all about Frisbee!) while you enjoy the cake (if you know anyone that wants to donate a BIG cake, please let me know). There is also potential for a Ring of Fire or Putting Contest. (Details for this part of the event are still being finalized and will be emailed to all participants).
Thank you in advance to our sponsors: DGA, SDSF, San Diego Aces, Sunshine Distributions, Innova, Jeff Russell, Micah Kim Hardwood Flooring, and more to come. If you would like to sponsor the event or have any questions about this event, please contact Mark at email@example.com or 603-986-7314 or check out the Daniel Boe Memorial Facebook page.
The San Diego Aces are looking forward to installing the new 9-hole disc golf course at Mast Park in Santee in the next several weeks. Installation has been delayed by some contract negotiations, but they are procedural details that should be worked out soon. Please keep your eyes open for work party announcements which should be coming soon!
Another new set of disc golf baskets will be installed this January at Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights (San Diego). 2014 Aces President Allen Risley has been working with the management at Colina Park to design the disc golf layout, which will follow the existing ball golf layout. Colina Park is a “pitch & putt” golf course, with average ball golf hole distances of 70-100 yards, so this will be a midrange-friendly disc golf layout.
Colina Park Golf Course is home base for The First Tee of San Diego, an organization that uses golf as a vehicle for teaching life skills to local kids. Since it is a kid-safe environment, Colina Park Golf Course has strict no smoking and no alcohol policies which will be enforced (shoes and shirts are also mandatory). Details on the schedule for play and greens fees are still being worked out and will be announced once they are finalized – please do not call the pro shop asking for these details! We will be organizing a weekday work party in the upcoming weeks, so keep watching for that.
Tentative plans are to hold an Ice Bowl tournament late in February as a grand opening event. Once again, please do not call the pro shop for more details – you will see them here first!
The 2015 San Diego Aces Board election concluded on Sunday, December 21st after seven days of online voting (Dec. 13-19) and in-person voting at Sun Valley Golf Course (Dec. 20) and Kit Carson Park (Dec. 21). Forty-one members voted on line while twenty-eight voted in person. The top five vote-getters will meet to assign positions on the Executive Board and select course representatives. Complete results are listed below:
Mark Verrochi – 57 votes
Allen Risley – 54
Randy Wylot – 45
Jason Perdue – 37
Garrett Tapken – 32
Daniel Lichtman – 23
Tony Buck – 21
Donny Olow – 18
Scott Miller – 17
Shane Dehner – 17
Chad Nichter – 14
The 2015 San Diego Aces Election (electronic version) is currently happening. E-mail invitations to the ballot were sent out on Saturday morning (12/13) to all Aces members who supplied an email address when they signed up. If you haven’t received an email and think you should: 1) check your email trash can and spam folder, 2) if it isn’t there send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you squared away, or 3) come to one of the Aces events being held this weekend (described below). Anyone who does not vote in the online portion of the election will be able to vote this weekend.
In conjunction with the election, the club is holding two events this weekend where the ballot box will
be available. These events will also be used to distribute the coveted “black tags” (numbers 1 thru 10). On Saturday, come out to Sun Valley Golf Course for a bag tag challenge (teeing off starting at 8am) and to register for 2015 membership. The ballot box will be available from 8am to 1pm. Odd-numbered black tags will be in the mix. On Sunday, show up for the December Aces Monthly at Kit Carson Park for a chance at the even-numbered black tags (8am players’ meeting, ballot box available until 1pm).
2015 memberships will be available at both events. New for 2015 we have hats! Sharp-looking black hats with the Aces logo can be part of your membership schwag. We also have a new shipment of Aces-stamped Legacy Gauges for membership discs.