It’s that time of year – Ace Race time! The San Marcos Ace Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27th at Montiel Park in San Marcos. This is the seventh time that the Aces have held one of Discraft’s annual coming-out parties, and they are always a lot of fun.
Last year, 142 players gathered at Montiel Park to try out a new prototype fairway driver (afterwards named the “Mantis”), chasing after those elusive holes-in-one (“aces”). This year, we want 150!!! 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, very ace-able version of the Montiel course.
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! This year’s player pack includes: Two Z line prototype distance drivers, One premium Buzzz disc golf towel, One Discraft classic sandwich cap, One mini marker disc, One Ace Race flying skull bag tag, One flying skull sticker and a $10-off PDGA membership discount coupon.
The Grand Prize for the player with the most aces is a new golf bag filled with eight new Discraft golf discs and a SuperColor Buzzz trophy disc. ***Discraft has announced that any Ace Race that pre-registers 150 players will also receive a Chainstar basket for the grand prize!!!!
We run the Ace Race as a charity fundraiser, and in past years have donated proceeds to EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), a group that promotes disc golf in K-12 schools. We raised over $800 last year and hope to surpass that this time around. Since the SD Aces started partnering with EDGE, we have secured EDGE disc and portable basket packages for the City of San Marcos Recreation Programs, Vista Magnet Middle School, Cardiff School and at Mission Middle School in Escondido. We may also donate a portion of the proceeds to the Daniel Boe Memorial Bridge project, dedicated to celebrating the life of one of our local disc golfers who passed away earlier this year.
Because this event is a fundraiser and not for profit, we ask all players to sign up at least two weeks 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 better payout. We’ll also have the ever-popular mini Ace Race!!!
More info available from Discraft’s Ace Race website
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OK, that last post was kind of negative…so here’s something positive! Campus Rec at Cal State San Marcos recently acquired the rights to show a fantastic movie about Frisbee: The Invisible String. The film, produced by Jan Bäss, Michael Osterhoff and Greg Marter from Berlin, Germany is a documentary that tells the story of the origin of the plastic flying disc, the development of various flying disc sports and the culture that has grown around these sports.
If you have ever thrown a flying disc, whether it be a golf disc, Ultimate, freestyle, DDC or dog disc you are sure to feel a tingling in your happy place as you watch the action in this film. And the interviews with the elders of disc sports are also compelling – hearing stories about how our favorite games got started and the fun and camaraderie that was shared by those who played. It almost makes me wish I was back in the 70’s again!
We don’t have a date scheduled yet for the screening, but as soon as a date is set it will be announced here. It will probably be held at the amphitheater outside of the new University Student Union (USU) at Cal State San Marcos. Cost? Probably free. But we may try to do a little fundraising with a raffle for putting discs in the hands of local schoolkids. And we hope to have a few special guests in attendance – people who figure prominently in the film…
Some people are pretty low. Thoughtless. Selfish. And those are the people that steal your discs. Then there’s the real lowlifes – the basket thieves. And some of these scum stopped by Kit Carson Park last night and decided to steal basket #17.
It’s possible that it was stolen by some meth heads who will try to sell the metal as scrap – police report filed and local scrap dealers are being alerted. But it’s also possible that it was stolen by one of our local players who feels like it’s more important for him to have a practice basket in the back yard than for all of us to have a playable hole on our local disc golf course. That really sucks.
So if you happen to stop by someone’s house or apartment and they have a new practice basket with the #17 on it…or it has a big round number plate that they have painted over or covered in some way, please contact one of the Aces’ board members. Since we already have a police report filed we can call the police and they’ll pick up from there.
What happens next? Well, the basket has to be replaced. The San Diego Open is being held next week and they need to have 18 holes to play. So our Membership Director, Mark Verrochi (who happens to be sponsored by DGA) will be contacting DGA to see how quickly we can get a replacement sent out. Then Course Rep Tony Buck and his crew will install the replacement. It will cost the club a few hundred dollars to replace the basket. That’s your dues money – and money that could go to help pay for our next course installation (Mast Park in Santee). But instead it will be used to replace the basket that some jerk stole.
If you know who did it…kick then in the shin for me.
-Allen Risley, Aces President
Did you see the guys with the drone at the Emerald Isle Monthly/Women’s Global Event? Well, here’s some of the video that they shot. Many thanks to Alex Gorman and Evan Blumenfeld of Outer Limits Aerial for sharing this video with us.
The Rotating Aces’ Monthly for July will be held this Sunday, July 27th at Kit Carson Park. TD Jason Perdue has set up the registration page on Disc Golf United. There is a $5 discount for registering online. Registering online helps the TD get scorecards ready in advance and get the event started on time.
The August Monthly is scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 24th at Sun Valley.
Beginning this Saturday, July 19th, the Aces Saturday Morning Doubles League will move to the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Course at Brengle Terrace Park. The time (9am), entry fee ($5) and format (best shot, random A/B draw) will all stay the same. Brengle Terrace Course Rep Scott Miller will take over running the league. Players should meet up at tee #1. We hope to see you there on Saturday!
The Aces’ Rotating Monthly head’s back to Sycuan this Sunday (June 29)! For more details and to pre-register (and save $5) check out this page at DGU: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1418