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Aces to Begin Holding Rotating Monthlies

January 24, 2014

The Aces Board has put together a committee to organize monthly tournaments at various locations around San Diego County. The first monthly will be held at Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort on Sunday, February 16th at 9:00 AM.

The cost to participate each month will be $15 (pros), $10 (advanced), and $5 (intermediate) plus cost of play band (where applicable). 36 holes will be played, with a 20 minute break from when the last card is turned in from the first round to the start of the second round. The top 30% of each field will be paid out. If you are not an Aces Member, the cost will be an additional $2 to play. Events will occur on the third Sunday of each month. Check the Aces website soon for the schedule of where the events will be each month.  The current plan is to rotate each month between Sycuan, Kit Carson, Sun Valley, and Brengle Terrace, but there may be adjustments due to course availability.

Blast From the Past Disc Golf Videos!

January 9, 2014

Ever hear the 50+ year old disc golfers talk about the “old days”?  About how baskets were smaller, discs were bigger, shorts were shorter and porn-star mustaches were everywhere? Well, fresh from the video vault of Snapper Pierson come some videos of disc golf at Morley Field from back in the ’80’s.  So far there are a handful of videos from the Southwestern Team Tournaments of the late 80’s available on YouTube, posted under the account “Morley Field”.  They are rather long, 1-2 hours at least, raw footage, so there are a few shots of the ground or the sky when the cameraman forgot to turn off the camera, and there is very little narration.

These videos are a great piece of disc golf history and we thank Snapper for having them converted and posted for the world to see.  It’s very interesting to see which holes have remained nearly unchanged for 25-30 years and to try to recognize some of our now-Master/Grandmaster/Senior Grandmaster/Legend players back when their hair wasn’t gray (or it existed), they didn’t have pot bellies and they didn’t creak and groan when they threw.  A couple of things to note:

  • Attire: Dri-fit shirts were 25 years in the future.  Short shorts or sweatpants (sometimes both at the same time) were the norm.  Trucker hats were the only hats you could get.
  • Discs: Lots of Aviars, Aeros, Super Puppies, XDs, Stingrays, Kitty Hawks. Those big ones with the numbers on them were Midnight Flyers.
  • Putting: We’ve gotten better.
  • Morley: A lot of the Morley layout hasn’t changed in 25-30 years.  Some trees look about the same as they do now, some are tiny (or non-existent).
  • Players: So far I think I’ve seen Snapper (looks remarkably the same), Dan “Stork” Roddick, Sam Ferrans, Marcus Cisneros, John Ahart, Steve Killian, possibly Jerry Goff or Dan Shorkey.

I encourage you to take a look at these videos when you have the time.  If you played back then or are psychic, help us ID these golfers!  In the comments section list who you think you saw, the time stamp on the video, and what they were wearing.  Maybe we can get someone to put together a viewer’s guide?

You can find the videos here.  Once again, big thanks to Snapper!  Enjoy!!

Open Board Positions

January 9, 2014

The San Diego Aces have a few open board positions we would like to fill.  We’re looking for a new Secretary, Sun Valley Course Rep, Montiel Park Course Rep and possibly a Brengle Terrace Course Rep.  If you are interested, please contact Aces President Allen Risley (

Candidates will be considered at the next board meeting, which will be held on Monday, Jan 13 at 6pm, at Sunroad Financial Complex, 11770 Bernardo Court Suite 116, San Diego, CA 92128.  All Aces members are welcome to attend.  We will interview any candidates who are present at the beginning of the meeting, so you don’t have to stay for the whole meeting (which usually runs 2-1/2 to 3 hours…).

2014 Ice Bowl Season is Here!

January 8, 2014

The 2014 Ice Bowl season has beguntournament logo and the Golden Sombrero Series is back for another year. If you don’t already know, Ice Bowls are charity fund-raising tournaments held each January and February to benefit local food banks.  For over 25 years the Ice Bowl movement has been bringing disc golfers out in the cold to help the hungry – this year there are over 200 events scheduled across the country.  Find more info here:

While we don’t get a lot of ice and snow in Southern California, we still like to play disc golf and help the hungry, so we participate in the Ice Bowl fun.  Cliff Towne has been running the Ice Bowl in Paradise at various locations for over 10 years and six years ago, Bill Maury-Holmes created the Golden Sombrero Series – a collection of Ice Bowls in SoCal.  Since there were four events that first year he came up with the name “Golden Sombrero”, which is a term used to describe going 0-4 with four strikeouts in a baseball game.  He and Allen Risley have coordinated the GS series ever since, and this year is the biggest it’s been.  And this will be the third year with actual ice at a GS Ice Bowl, since the series returns to Wrightwood on Feb 22.

The first event of the season was held last Saturday (1/4) in Redlands, where 55 players showed up at Ford Park to ring in the new disc golf year.  After 18 holes of golf, Danny Zwolenski and Kerry Miller were tied at 19-under par, with the help of a few mulligans.  Danny’s CTP tie-breaker shot was a bit closer, so he walked away with the trophy.  That puts Danny in the lead for the Golden Sombrero Series title, which awards the winner a gold-painted sombrero and a portable basket.  Points are awarded at each event for the number of players you beat, with your top four point totals counting towards the title.

Mulligans you ask?  Yes, many of our Ice Bowls sell mulligans for $1 each to raise funds for their charity.  And all of them have some type of prize raffle to raise money as well.  Don’t expect a big prize payout since the point of these events is to feed the hungry.  But you can expect a cool (no pun intended) custom-stamped disc and a chance to play a fun round with friends.  If you’ve never played a tournament before, an Ice Bowl is a great, low-stress way to get started.

Here’s the remaining Golden Sombrero schedule for 2014 (click on event name for registration info):

  • Sat, Jan 11 – Ice Bowl at Prado Regional Park, Chino (2 rounds, mulligans, 1st-time event)
  • Sat, Jan 18 – Ice Bowl in Paradise, Chavez Ridge, LA (PDGA-sanctioned, no mulligans, 2 rounds)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Sycuan Ice Bowl, El Cajon (2 day rounds, glow round at night, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Yucaipa Ice Bowl, Yucaipa Regional Park (1 round, disc and 3 mulligans included)
  • Sun, Feb 2 – San Marcos Super Ice Bowl, Cal State San Marcos DGC (1 round, Super Class, no mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 15 – Murrieta Ice Bowl, Mountain Pride Park (1 round, lunch included, mulligans)
  • Sat, Feb 22 – Wrightwood Ice Bowl, Sky High North (1 round, snow, mulligans)
  • Sun, Feb 23 (tentative) – Mission Bay Ice Bowl, Mission Bat Golf Course, San Diego (1 round, night golf)

If you have questions about an individual event, go to its registration page to find contact info for the tournament director – they’ll be happy to help you out.  And remember the Ice Bowl motto: “No Wimps, No Whiners!”

Are You a Hott Shott?

December 12, 2013

If so, here’s your chance to prove it!  This Saturday (12/14/2013) from 9am to 5pm we will be holding a Hott Shott putting contest at the Kit Carson Park Disc Golf Course.  Your first attempt at the contest is free (2nd time is $2, $5 for more) and you’ll have a chance to compete for a State or National title.  Hott Shott putting contests will be held all across the country on December 14th, and we’re a part of that movement.

Hott Shott is not your typical putting contest.  Each participant throws 2 rounds of 25 putts.  In each round, you’ll throw 5 discs from 5ft, 10ft, 15ft, 20ft and 25ft.  One of your discs at each station will be worth extra points, kind of like the 3-point contest at the NBA All-Star game.  If there are over 50 participants, 1st prize will be $50.

And if that isn’t enough, there will be a round of glow disc golf after 5pm.  Our TD has brought in glowing chains, just for this event!

Aces’ Membership Director Mark Verrochi will be running the contest and glow round – for more information contact him at


Southwestern Team Tournament this weekend at Morley Field

December 4, 2013

This weekend is the annual Southwestern Team Tournament at Morley Field, where 12-person teams representing southwestern disc golf communities do match-play battle at Morley. It’s a great chance to see some of our best local players match up against the best from Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oak Grove, HB, Sylmar and Arizona. A few former World Champions will be on hand. The course will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday morning for this event, so plan your weekend play accordingly.

2014 Aces Board Election Results

December 2, 2013

2014 Aces Board Election results – top 5 vote-getters will meet to decide the Executive Board positions:

1. Randy Wylot – 61 votes
2. Allen Risley – 60
3. Mark Verrochi – 54
4. Daniel Lichtman – 49
5. Garrett Tapken – 40
Tony Buck – 29
Donny Olow – 25
Jason Perdue – 21
Chad Nichter – 19
T.J. Cruz – 11
Steven Shimmin – 9
Scott Miller – 8
Patrick Paramore – 6
Dallas Snow-Ramirez – 5
Dan Shorkey – 1
Grace Rivas – 1
Ryan Meyer – 1
Ferris Bueller – 1

Thank you to all of the members who participated, either online or in person.


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