***Update*** All of the courses affected by the fires have re-opened!
While the fires have been put out (for the most part, at least), the Cocos Fire (San Marcos) continues to have an impact on our local disc golf courses.
Kit Carson Park DGC – While Kit Carson was in no danger of burning, the entire park, including the disc golf course, has been closed since last Thursday while the park has been used as the staging area for the fire crews battling the Cocos fire. Fire crews have been using KCP to park their fire engines, set up tents for sleeping and set up mobile kitchens and dining areas. The City of Escondido website currently says that the entire park is closed through end of the day Thursday (5/22/2014). If this changes we will announce it here.
Cal State San Marcos DGC – The fire came very close to CSUSM (I was there, I saw it!), but the campus sustained no physical damage. CSUSM was also use as an emergency command post through last weekend, so the campus (including the disc golf course) was closed. Graduation ceremonies had been scheduled for last weekend but were postponed to this coming weekend (Sat/Sun, 5/24-25).Because of all the set-up and tear-down work that has to be done around the track area, the campus has closed holes 1-8 from 8am on Thursday (5/22) until 5pm on Monday (5/26).
Thank you for your patience!
Kit Carson Park DGC has been closed for the next few days (hopefully not longer) as it is being used as a staging location for the firefighting efforts related to the Cocos (San Marcos) fire. Please do not get in the way of the firefighting efforts by trying to play disc golf!!!!
The campus of CSUSM is also being used for firefighting staging, plus it’s too darn close to the flames – so please do not try to play there as well.
Montiel Park in San Marcos has not been closed, but it’s awfully close to the firefighting traffic as well, so we recommend staying away until the Cocos fire is out!
Brengle Terrace Park, Morley Field, Sun Valley and Sycuan sound like much better alternatives! Please keep our disc golfing friends who live in the danger zone in your thoughts and prayers.
The San Diego Aces have been informed of schedule closures of some of our local disc golf courses during the summer months. Details so far are as follows:
Cal State San Marcos DGC: Holes 1 through 8 will be closed from Wednesday, May 14 to Sunday evening, May 18, as CSUSM holds it’s graduation ceremonies. Parking in and around the campus will be in short supply on Friday and Saturday, so it may even be difficult to play holes 10-18.
Brengle Terrace Park: The entire course will be closed on the following days:
- Saturday & Sunday, June 28 & 29 (Scottish Highland Games)
- Friday, July 4 (July 4th Celebration)
Holes 5, 6 and 7 will be closed at 4:30pm and the fairways used for parking for the Moonlight Amphitheater on the following days:
- May 16, 23, 24, 28, 31
- June 10-15, 18-22, 26-28
- July 5, 16-20, 23-27, 31
- August 1-2, 13-17, 20-24, 28-30
- September 10-14, 17-21, 25-27
Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort: The course will be closed Thursday, August 28th and Friday, September 19th for special events.
Please note: When course closures are announced in advance, please do not attempt to play the courses or holes that are closed, even if it “looks like it would be OK”. Our hosts depend upon our cooperation. Thanks!
Editor’s note: My apologies for the delay in posting these results. Early in the morning of Sunday, Feb. 23rd – the day of the Mission Bay Ice Bowl – I received a call informing me that a close family member on the east coast had experienced a medical emergency, and that I needed to get there ASAP (I flew out that day). Since then, their condition has stabilized but I continue to travel east regularly and have been spending many hours dealing with arranging care and handling family business. These things come before my disc golf hobby. The amount of time I can spend writing content and managing the SD Aces and SoCal websites (and playing disc golf) has decreased considerably. If you would like to help out by writing stories for either website, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance. -Allen Risley
Finally, a new Golden Sombrero Series champion! Hearty congratulations go out to Jason Perdue, who bested the largest Golden Sombrero field yet to take the 2014 title and the fancy-schmancy crown that goes with it.
2014 saw the largest number of events so far in the Golden Sombrero Ice Bowl Series (9), the largest amount of money donated to charity ($11,000+) and the largest number of players in the series (410). Jason finished the series with a total score of 256 points, beating second-place finisher Chris Horn (225) by 31 points. Four-time GS champion A.J. Risley finished third with 214 points, followed by Danny Zwolenski (190) and Jason Fitzgerald (174).
The points race puts a premium on beating other players – competitors receive one point for each player that they beat at a Golden Sombrero event, with their top four event totals being used for the series title race. This format also gives an advantage to players that play in (and do well in) larger events, where they can earn more points. In past years this meant that the champion had to play the largest Ice Bowl in SoCal – The Ice Bowl in Paradise @ Chavez Ridge. That looked to be true again in 2014, as going into the final weekend, A.J. held a comfortable 38-point lead over Danny and 41 points over Chris, due to a 2nd-place finish at Chavez. But this year, the landscape changed…
Participation was great at this year’s Ice Bowls, with 55 players at Redlands, 47 at Prado, 83 at Chavez, 64 at Yucaipa, 44 at Sycuan, 51 at San Marcos, 64 at Murrieta, 54 at Wrightwood and a whopping 101 at Mission Bay! Chris’ strong 2nd place finish at Wrightwwod moved him into the lead on Saturday evening of the final weekend, while Jason’s win leap-frogged him into 3rd place overnight.
Standings after Wrightwood:
Place Name Points Events
1 Chris Horn 225 4
2 A.J. Risley 214 5
3 Jason Perdue 201 4
4 Danny Zwolenski 190 7
5 Mark Horn 163 3
6 Mark Verrochi 160 3
7 Allen Risley 152 5
8 Bill Maury-Holmes 148 3
9 Tim Caldwell 137 3
10 David Patrick 123 4
Jason’s strong second-place finish at Mission Bay, coupled with the humongous number of players in that event vaulted him into first place when the dust (or fog) settled on Sunday evening. To his credit, he finished the series with three wins (Sycuan, San Marcos and Wrightwood) and one second-place finish – Jason kicked sombrero butt!
Final Standings (after Mission Bay):
Place Name Points Events
1 Jason Perdue 256 5
2 Chris Horn 225 4
3 A.J. Risley 214 5
4 Danny Zwolenski 190 8
5 Jason Fitzgerald 174 3
6 Mark Horn 163 3
7 Mark Verrochi 160 3
8 Allen Risley 152 5
9 Patrick Paramore 150 3
10 Bill Maury-Holmes 148 3
Here’s a message from Randy Wylot, who is organizing the SD Aces May Monthly at Emerald Isle on 5/10/2014:
Hello Disc Golfers
Emerald Isle disc golf layout will be set up for random draw doubles (A & B pools) this Friday starting 4pm. Cost is $5 doubles plus $5 green fee to walk or $10 green fee with cart. We need baskets…if you can bring a basket please contact me. Help get the word out!!!
Saturday’s event will begin 1pm. Please arrive early for check in and reserve a cart. There are only 32 carts ($5 a person) so pair up with someone who is on your card. The scorecards will be arranged on the score point leader board. In the interest of time, we will be playing 36 holes without a break. There will be carts delivering food and beverages, and the snack shop in the middle of the course will be open.
San Diego Aces and SoCal DGA memberships will be available. Bring your Aces tag!!
Thank you for signing up for the event and I look forward to seeing all this weekend.
Randy Wylot 619.709.7927
Thank you, thank you to the PDGA and this little thing called the “Women’s Global Event”. The WGE is an opportunity for lady disc golfers all around the world to compete virtually with ladies playing the same day at other courses. Cross-course competition is made possible by the same kind of ratings-based system used for the Performance Flight at the USDGC (look it up). Last year our closest WGE was held at La Mirada, but this year it will be much closer to home. Can you say……..Emerald Isle?
At the time of this posting we didn’t have all the background info, but it looks like Brittney Breed from Emerald Isle and SoCal President/Aces VP Randy Wylot were able to convince the decision-makers at Emerald Isle to allow a 1-day disc golf event to support women’s disc golf. (Skip Winship was probably involved as well) Thank You!
The guys are going to benefit from this too. Since it will be hard to fill a 72-player field with only lady disc golfers, an unknown number of spots in the field will be open for men. The ladies’ field will compete in the PDGA-sanctioned Women’s Global Event, while the men will compete in a non-sanctioned Aces Rotating Monthly.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th and will be two rounds on the original Emerald Isle layout. Carts will be available for rent for an additional charge. Registration is live now at DiscGolfU.com: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/1295
After a few months of closure, Montiel Park’s disc golf course will re-open for play on Friday, March 7th. The course has been closed since December while the city worked on improvements to the upper portion of the park. The main focus of the park remodel was to “reduce environmental impacts in spaces that are more vulnerable to climate changes and temperature increases because of their proximity to urbanized areas like the neighboring SR-78 and I-15 freeways”, according to the city’s website. A large grant from Caltrans allowed the city to plant trees and ground cover throughout the park and add irrigation that will keep these new plantings alive. Also of major importance for this project was the addition of significant erosion control measures, including four silt retention ponds along with shaped berms and rock-lined water channels throughout the property. Last weekend’s heavy rains were an opportune test for the erosion control measures, which passed the test with flying colors!
The disc golf course has given up some space for the addition of an informational garden exhibit (between holes 1 and 9)and additional walking trails. This should be more than compensated for by the addition of trees, ground cover, steps to hole 3 and tee 9 and other interesting obstacles. Overall this is a big improvement to the park and the course and is a reflection of how well San Marcos embraces our sport. San Diego Aces club president Allen Risley has worked extensively with city staff and project contractors throughout the planning and construction process, to make sure our oldest free-to-play San Diego County course received an appropriate facelift. It’s this type of cooperative effort by the San Diego Aces that we hope leads to more courses in the future.
Because of the delicate condition of the new plantings at Montiel Park, we ask you to walk carefully while you play the course for the first few months. Also, be aware that there may be additional park users drawn to the garden and hiking trails, so play safely and courteously.
The City of San Marcos is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 10am. There will also be a community tree-planting event from 10a-12p as part of the re-opening. We encourage local disc golfers to attend and help plant even more trees at Montiel Park. More information on the event can be found on the city’s website.