The Executive Board of the San Diego Aces was selected over the holiday break. Officers for 2013 are:
President: Allen Risley
Vice President: Randy Wylot
Treasurer: Daniel Lichtman
Secretary: A.J. Risley
Membership Director: Mark Verrochi
Morley Field Course Rep: Donny Olow
Kit Carson Park Course Rep: Tony Buck
There are still openings on the board for Course Reps at Sun Valley, Brengle Terrace Park and the San Marcos courses. interested parties should contact Allen Risley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Course Reps will be selected at the next board meeting, which will be held Monday, Jan. 11th at Sunroad Financial Complex, 11770 Bernardo Court Suite 116, San Diego, CA 92128.
The club is always looking for more help! If you would like to volunteer to help out with events, tournaments or web site articles please contact a board member!
For the past several years, a group of SoCal TDs have banded together to kick off the new disc golf year with events aimed at providing a combination of fun, philanthropy and good-natured competition. The Golden Sombrero Winter Series is a collection of SoCal Ice Bowls that helps players ease into the new competitive season while raising funds for local charities that feed the hungry. Ice Bowls were established about 25 years ago in the nation’s heartland, where ice, snow and cold weather are commonplace. The idea behind the events was to have disc golfers get together and play in crappy weather, when they normally wouldn’t. The slogan of “No Wimps, No Whiners” was coined early on, as was the idea that these events should be used as fundraisers to help support local charities that feed the hungry.
The Golden Sombrero Series is now in its 6th season. What started in 2008 with three events (Redlands, San Marcos, Palm Desert) has continued to grow, with seven events, 293 players and over $8,000 raised for charity in 2012. 2013 has the potential for being even bigger with another new venue added to the schedule (Murrieta). An important part of the Golden Sombrero Series has continued to be the race for the overall points series championship. At each of the Golden Sombrero events, players are awarded points for each player that they beat. Similar to the SoCal Series, each player’s top 3 point totals are then combined for their Golden Sombrero points total. The player with the highest point total at the end of the series wins he annual trophy – a gold-painted and decorated sombrero, suitable for wearing or display. Past winners have also received a portable basket from Innova. Four-time series champion A.J. Risley will be back to defend his title in 2013.
Each of these Ice Bowls is an independent event, with some being PDGA-sanctioned and some not. Some events sell mulligans to raise funds for charity, so the winning player is not always the best thrower, but may be the one who has the best mulligan strategy (or budget). Because of their charity function, Ice Bowls generally don’t have big prize payouts for top finishers, but the raffles are usually quite generous. But without question these are fun events and one important way for disc golfers to give back to their local communities. The cities whose parks host Ice Bowls are very happy to have their disc golf courses be used for charity events.
The Golden Sombrero Schedule for 2013 is as follows (links provided to online registration or fliers):
Saturday, Jan. 5 - 6th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl, Ford Park, Redlands
Sunday, Jan. 6 - 6th Annual San Marcos Ice Bowl, Montiel Park, San Marcos
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Ice Bowl in Paradise, Chavez Ridge, Los Angeles
Sunday, Jan. 20 – Yucaipa Ice Bowl, Yucaipa Regional Park, Yucaipa
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Sycuan Ice Bowl, Olive Glen DGC @ Sycuan Resort, El Cajon
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Murrieta Ice Bowl, Mountain Pride Park, Murrieta
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Wrightwood Ice Bowl, Sky High Resort, Wrightwood
Sunday, Feb. 24 – San Diego Ice Bowl, Mission Bay Golf Course, San Diego
Results for the 2013 Aces Board Election were tallied Monday evening at the monthly board meeting. A total of 80 members voted in the election, 40 online and 40 in person during the North/South Challenge. The results are as follows:
|Randy Wylot -||63|
|Allen Risley -||60|
|Mark Verrochi -||49|
|Daniel Lichtman -||48|
|A.J. Risley -||43|
|Donny Olow -||38|
|Tony Buck -||28|
|Mark Lauber -||3|
|Scott Miller -||3|
|Ryan Meyer -||2|
|Jeff Nichols -||1|
|John Bailey -||1|
|Mark Wilson -||1|
|T.J. Cruz -||1|
As per the Aces’ bylaws, the top 5 vote recipients will meet during December to select the Executive Board and Course Rep positions. many thanks to those members who participated in the election.
The unbelievable is now believable, the unthinkable can be thought, the underdogs are the victors (if only by the skin of their teeth) and the upstarts are on top. Yes, that’s right…the North Team finally won a North/South Challenge.
In the four previous contests between North County and South County members of the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club, the South had always prevailed. In 2008, the South won with 31 wins, 24 losses and 5 ties. 2009 was the closest match to date, with the South winning 29-25-6. The South won 37-29 in 2010 and 32-17-10 in 2011 (yes, I know some of the math is off, but that’s what the records say…). And in 2012, the South was expecting another win over the less-experienced North. It’s not surprising, as South County has had disc golf at Morley Field since the mid-1970′s, so there’s a long history of the sport and the player base has had time to fully develop. North County didn’t have disc golf baskets installed until the mid-2000′s, when Fly-18 installed the oft-maligned Dr. Fred baskets at Emerald Isle. Emerald Isle Disc Golf is no more, but in the meantime courses have been added at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, Goat Hill in Oceanside and all over San Marcos (Montiel Park, Sunset Park and Cal State San Marcos). It is this recent growth of the sport that has brought about the development of an enthusiastic, yet green, community of players.
Dan Lichtman, Captain of the South Team, did his usual thorough job of team-building, holding several try-out rounds at Sun Valley Golf Course and Morley Field. His efforts were hurt a bit, however, by the fact that the Challenge came one week after the Morley Team Tournament, and some top players were not ready to commit to back-to-back weekends full of disc golf. The North Team also lost some potential players because of this, but probably not to the same extent. Four-time Captain A.J. Risley shared recruiting and leadership duties with Co-Captain Scott Miller, who infused new energy into the North Team. While there was some grumbling from the South side about the eligibility of a few North players, the competition began in earnest at Kit Carson Park on Saturday morning.
It was foggy and a little chilly for the start of the doubles round at Kit Carson, but warmed up once discs started hitting chains. The South wiped away any home-field advantage that the North may have had, winning some key matches. In a battle of captains, Dan Lichtman and partner Pat Paramore defeated the father/son team of A.J. and Allen Risley, four holes to one; and in the first all-lady doubles match in the series’ history, Kayleen Boyle and Shonda Garcia beat Pam Iam and Courtney Cruz, 5-2. At the end of the morning, the South led: 5 wins, 2 losses, 3 ties.
Saturday afternoon saw 20 singles matches played at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. The North hoped to gain some ground back, since few South players had much experience playing the county’s newest course. The North charged back, winning several matches by large hole margins, something that would come back to haunt the South in the end. Scott “Swan” Tullius and T.J. Cruz won their matches big on the same card, taking down Carlos Caballero and Bobby Martin 9-3 and 9-4, respectively. In big Open division matches, Dallas Snow-Ramirez beat Justin Kirk 7-2, while Kinetic Kouch-Krasher Philo Braithwaite bested Trey McKelvey 8-4. And in a key Masters-division match, Allen Risley won over Dan Shorkey, 4-1. The North edged out the South at Brengle Terrace, with 10 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties.
At the end of Saturday’s play, the South led with 13 wins, while the North had 12 wins…with 5 matches tied.
In past years, Morley Field had always been the Achilles’ Heel of the North squad. Twenty singles matches headed out onto the course, with South Team spirits riding high, expecting the usual Morley domination. Instead, what they got was a stalemate. The South had some big wins: Jesse Martinez 9-1 over Tom Vincent, Ian Funston over Evan Taylor 10-4, Shane Dehner 6-2 over Mark Verrochi and Dan Shorkey evening up the Master’s division, 4-2 over Allen Risley. But the North fought back hard: Don Vincent beat Mike Valli 7-4, Dallas Snow-Ramirez came through big again in Open beating Magnus Petersen 7-4, Poway’s Mike Lust took down Angel Garcia 6-2, and Daniel Boe shocked Mike Tyberg 10-2. When the dust settled, the South had won ten matches. But so had the North. The two teams pushed at Morley, a big surprise indeed.
After three courses, the South had 23 wins, the North 22 and there were 5 ties. Hard to be much closer.
The final set of doubles matches were played on the long layout at Sun Valley, once around from the white tees and once from the blues. The whole weekend had been very close, competitively, and that trend continued through the afternoon. On the first card to finish, each side won a match: Philo and T.J. beat Trey and Jesse 5-4, while Angel and Shooter beat Lusty and Don 7-2. The South still led by one. The second card finished up with a win for the North – Nick Newton and Kevin Christie over Tyler Tremmeling and Bobby Martin, 7-1…and a win for the South – Justin and Carlos beating Scott and Swan, 6-3. South 25, North 24. Card three was also a split: Magnus and Mike edged Dallas and Mark 5-4, while Team Rizbee beat Shorkey and Hesser, 5-2. South 26, North 25.
Card number four was you guessed it…a split. Stephen and E.T. beating Shane and Jason 6-2 for the North, while the Southern ladies beat the Northern ladies, 7-2. The South led 27-26-5. As the cards were coming in, players from both teams were keeping track of the math. Players formed a gallery adjacent to the 9th green, standing up on the side hill to get a good view of the discs flying in the setting sun. Word spread out to the final card that the match was very close, so the pressure was on. The match of Chris Armacost and Jordan Beam versus Big D and Pat Paramore had already been won by the North, but the players knew that the match might possibly go to the tiebreaker: total holes won. That made the outcome of the final hole still important. Chris and Big D both had tee shots just inside the circle, with Chris and Patrick slamming home suicide putts to halve the hole. The North had just tied the match, 27-27-5.
The final match, Mike Tyberg and Ian Funston for the South versus Daniel Boe and Tom Vincent for the North had been a roller-coaster. Mike and Ian had taken a 3-1 lead over the first nine holes, but Daniel and Tommy fought back with birdies on long holes 2 & 3 to even up the match. But Tyberg hit a monster putt on hole 5-long to put the Southies in the lead by one and that’s where it stood going into the final hole. Mike and Ian hiccupped a bit, with Ian’s big sidearm tee shot tomb-stoning into the green and Mike’s shot sliding down the side hill. Tommy must have been pumped up, because his tee shot screamed past the basket and skipped O.B. But Daniel kept his cool, laying his tee shot on the edge of the hillside to the left, about fifteen feet short of the basket. Ian and Mike both took strong runs at the putt from down the hill, but both missed. Daniel, usually a sure-thing putter fired his disc at the basket, hitting solid chains…but spitting out the right side. Whispers swept over the crowd – Tommy needed to hit this putt to win the hole, halved the match and bring the entire challenge to a tie. From somewhere in the crowd, Don Vincent called out “take your time Tommy!” And he did (for Tommy, that is), before tossing the disc dead-center. The crowd erupted in cheers for the “Cinderella Story”!
Immediately, the focus shifted to the scorecards. Word had spread that the tie-breaker for the match was total holes won. The holes won for Saturday had already been totaled, and the North held an edge after Day 1. The captains quickly totaled up the Day 2 scores and it looked like the North had won! But then, in shades of the year 2000 in Florida, calls came up from South players for a recount. A new team of score-counters pored over the cards, under the lights of cell phones held by nervous players. And when the scores were added up for the second time? The North had won the tiebreaker 276-263!
Members of the North team huddled together for a team picture and then headed off for a victory dinner at Fuddruckers. South players eased their sorrow with free 6-packs of Karl Strauss beer, and started plotting their revenge. But it’s good-natured revenge. Every year, the North/South Challenge impresses new participants with the level of competition, but also the camaraderie, both within the teams and between the teams. It’s disc golf at it’s best – everyone cheering for each other, no matter what side they’re on. Can’t wait until next year!
Members of the Confederacy could only wish they had the success of the South County
Disc Golf team. The South team, led by Captain Daniel Lichtman, has won all five of the North/South Challenges that have been held to date. Each year, 20-player teams are assembled by appointed captains – a mixture of 5 Open players, 12 Amateurs, 1 Masters-age player and 2 Ladies. The teams play 4 match-play rounds over two days, two on North courses and 2 on South courses, with one match each day being singles and one being doubles. These rounds are match play, so total strokes for the round don’t count – what matters is how many holes you win. This year, Saturday’s matches will be played at Kit Carson (doubles) and Brengle Terrace (singles), with Sunday’s matches being played at Morley Field (singles) and Sun Valley (doubles). Check-in times for the first round each day are 8:30am, with play beginning at 9am. The afternoon rounds are expected to start at 1pm, but will give players time for travel and lunch.
As in years past, this weekend is also election time for the San Diego Aces board. The online portion of the voting has been going on since last Monday and will end Friday night. The ballot box for in-person voting will be traveling along with the matches this weekend, so if you haven’t had a chance to vote online (some members did not receive invites because of bounced e-mail addresses), you can vote in person at one of the matches.
Trash-talking surrounding the match has already begun: “Should we give the North team some mulligans this year?” posted Patrick Paramore on the South County team Facebook page. Former South team member Aaron Van Matre opined that they “should just rename it to the “South always wins” trophy”. Notoriously self-deprecating South County resident Mark “Mdub” Wilson posted “Heck, I could be on the south team and we’d still win every year!”, and even South Captain Dan Lichtman chimed in: “Sweet. I see another win for the South…” once the rosters were posted online.
Above the Mason-Dixon line (the 56 freeway), the North team is in its usual state of disarray. Team member Scott Miller vented his frustrations on Facebook (“Fire A.J.!”) over the glacier-like pace of Team Captain A.J. Risley’s selection process, and for that was awarded Team Co-Captain status. The North team finally has a roster filled out, but if previous years are any guide they should be collecting subs for any players who decide not to show for fear of another drubbing by the South. But South County Captain Dan Lichtman sees a small light at the end of the tunnel for the North: “They have many improved players this year. We may have won all years previous, but who knows. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”
Either way, whether it’s business as usual for the South or an underdog victory for the North, it should prove to be a fun and competitive weekend of disc golf. Come out and support your team!
Disc Golf Association to be planning for 2013. Perhaps the most important
part of planning for the upcoming year is to choose the club officers who
make decisions on behalf of the membership. Each year a Board of Directors
is chosen through our election process that includes your choice of voting
on-line or in person. All active Aces members get to vote for those
individuals who they believe will best represent them in conducting club
eligible for the Aces Board of Directors you must be an active Aces member,
be at least 18 years of age, be able to attend the monthly meeting and have
some time to dedicate to the club. If you meet these qualifications and
have the desire to help shape the direction of the club, please nominate
yourself or someone who you think will be a good candidate. The club has
grown significantly this year and it is important that our board is chosen
such that all parts of our membership are represented.
Please include the nominee’s name, contact information and a brief message
to the membership to: