The Brengle Terrace Disc Golf Course project dodged a significant bullet this week, thanks to the carloads of Aces members who have shown up the past few weeks to help with construction. THANKS to those of you who have been able to help us show the city of Vista that We WANT BRENGLE TERRACE PARK DISC GOLF COURSE!!! We were able to make enough progress to keep the course alive, and we’ll continue to need your help because there’s lots of brush left to be cleared.
But now the project needs another type of help: money.
So far the San Diego Aces have given a significant amount of support to this new course – the former Emerald Isle baskets and teepads (owned by the Aces) and $2,400 in cash to pay for materials. That money has been spent, and about $2,500 more is now needed to pay for more rubber teepads, materials for signs and equipment rental for things like wood chippers and tampers. Installation of the course cannot be completed without these items, and the city of Vista has set more deadlines for these items to be installed. If we don’t hit these new deadlines, the course gets pulled.
It was expected that the remainder of the funds needed to pay for construction would come from sponsorships – disc golfers or local businesses buying tee sign sponsorships or plaques for the kiosk at the first hole. Those sales have been very slow, which is why we need your help. Aces Vice President Randy Wylot has volunteered to coordinate the fundraising effort, but he can’t do it alone. If you would like to be a sponsor of this great new disc golf or know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please contact Randy by e-mail: email@example.com.
As it stands right now, the Aces Board voted at its July meeting to spend the necessary funds to finish the course. But the money that the board pledged is needed to purchase membership discs and bagtags at the end of the year for 2013. If we don’t find sponsors for Brengle Terrace the club won’t be able to pre-order lots of discs and tags like we have in previous years. So…if you want 2013 membership discs and tags in December or January, help us find sponsors!
Thanks for helping us grow disc golf in San Diego County!
Dear Aces Members,
Brengle Terrace is in jeopardy!
I am writing this note to all members of the San Diego Aces as what could be
the final appeal for help on the construction of the Brengle Terrace disc
golf course. We received a letter from the City of Vista telling us to
complete 16 of the holes by July 12 or they will terminate our agreement. A
quote from the letter: “If not, the City expects the existing tees and pins
to be removed from the park and the grounds returned to their condition
prior to the start of the course construction.”
The impact of this goes beyond Brengle Terrace. Potential for new courses
all over the county will be hurt if we don’t succeed. The Aces reputation
with government decision makers will be tarnished. On the other hand, if we
do succeed, we can point to this course as another example of how disc golf
can work in city parks.
IF THIS HASN’T GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION, THEN DELETE THIS EMAIL AND GO PLAY
Otherwise, read on.
In December the Aces entered into an agreement with the City of Vista to
install the course within six months. In good faith we signed the agreement
with the belief that, with several hundred avid disc golfers in our
organization, we’d have the man-power to have it open in 2-3 months. I even
remember worrying about too many people showing up and thinking “how are we
going to manage all those people?” Well, that problem has not come to pass
and now we are struggling to meet our commitments.
There is one weekend between now and July 12. The work is scheduled to
begin around 7:30 AM until we are exhausted or run out of daylight on each
of the following days.
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and we are organizing prizes for a
raffle for those who work this weekend.
So please sacrifice a couple rounds of golf this weekend and come help us
get this course open. Once you see this place you will understand why such
effort has gone into it so far. It’ll be worth it.
Jeff Nichols, President
San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association
Alternate Shot-Doubles-Skins in the dark with the sprinklers on at a ball golf course is a crazy way to end a tournament, but if you’re Steve Rico…you gotta love it. And the extra $400 to split with your partner helps. Rico had earlier made up a three-shot deficit in the second round, firing a 1050-rated, 10-under par 54 on the 10,811 foot Goat Hill layout to take the $410 1st prize in the Men’s Open division of The Challenge @ Goat Hill in Oceanside, California. You might say he had a good afternoon.
This was the second year that Bellows Golf Management, who runs Goat Hill for the City of Oceanside, hosted The Challenge – a PDGA C-tier tournament. 108 players converged on the course, playing two rounds of cart-enhanced disc golf under sunny skies and a persistent wind. Innova Disc Golf supplied great player-pack schwag while Disc Golf Values supplied beautiful Metal Flake and Blizzard tournament discs. In the Men’s Open division, local San Diegan Micah Dorius and Huntington Beach’s Jeff Spohr jumped out to an early lead with matching 6-under 57’s. Trey McKelvey was two shots back with a 59, with Rico and Philo Braithwaite lurking one stoke further back at 60. But Rico’s 2nd-round 54 was four shots better than anyone else’s score, and eclipsed the field. Brothers Max and Alex Nichols of nearby Ramona, CA rounded out the list of cashing pros in MPO.
Kimmy Jones, of Phoeniz, Arizona made the trip west a successful one, by taking first place in the Open Women’s division. She battled with La Mirada’s Indigo Brude for the win, adding two strokes to her first-round one stroke lead and taking home the goat trophy. There was a tight battle in Pro Masters, where good friends Chris Brophy and Dan Duron needed two holes of sudden death before Brophy earned the title. Their final scores of 3-under were only one shot better than former World Champion Steve Wisecup (-2), followed by Las Vegas’ Jeff Jacquart (-1) and L.A.’s Rick Hoffa (E). Steve Killian rode his collection of orange discs to a two-throw win in Pro Grandmasters, besting Marcus Cisneros (+4), Jeff Nichols (+7) and Rob Wilson (+7).
Three of the four amateur divisions contested required sudden-death playoffs to determine the winner. In Men’s Advanced (sponsored by SDSF Pro Shop), A.J. Risley took the lead after the first round, firing a 1010-rated 59 to take a 2-shot lead over Ethan Wellin and Steve Evans, 3 shots over Matt Hutchings, Jeremy Barnes and Patrick Paramore. Wellin’s steady play in round 2, however, allowed him to make up the deficit and force a playoff. Ethan was able to hit his birdie putt on the treacherous peninsula hole (#2) to take the win. In Men’s Intermediate (sponsored by Legacy Discs), Nick Wright won the 1st-place playoff over 1st-round leader Justin Carter, while Ben Walnum won the 3rd-place playoff over Kevin Christie. A playoff was also needed to resolve the winner of the Men’s Recreational Division (sponsored by DGA), where Wes Scheider took the title over David Phillips. Michael Brayton (+4), whose wife had secretly signed him up for the tournament as a gift, rode that high to first place in Advanced Masters (sponsored by the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club), just ahead of Paul Morgavo (+6), Bill Maury-Holmes (+8) and Anthony Bassett (+8).
But the fun wasn’t over. All day long, players and spectators had been buying raffle tickets for a chance to be paired with a pro player to compete in the VooDoo Disc Golf Final 4 Challenge. Four pros were to be paired with four raffle winners (who also received VooDoo golf bags) to play four holes of alternate-shot doubles, with four $100 skins on the line. Micah Dorius and Jeff Spohr got in based on their first-round 57’s, with Rico’s 54 and Max Nichols’ 58 in the second round filling the last two spots. Even though the sun was setting, TD Allen Risley, fearing a riot (good-natured, of course), decided to let the contest go on. The four pros each pulled a raffle ticket: Micah selected Scott Beyma (MM1), Max selected Greg Arimura (MM1), Jeff picked Stephen Brown (MA3) and Steve picked…his Sylmar homie, MPO player Alex Sardelich. What happened next is not completely clear, since it was very dark. But according to the scorekeeper the four teams pushed on all four holes, finishing the last hole (Hole 18) under sprinkler fire. In the end, Rico and Sardelich took the $400 based on their overall low score.
Many thanks to major sponsors Bellows Golf Management, DiscGolfValues.com and Innova Disc Golf, as well as amateur divisional sponsors: SDSF Pro Shop, Legacy Discs, DGA and the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club. Thank you also to Mark, owner of The CheeseSteak Grill, who supplied every player with a free 9” cheesesteak sandwich for lunch or dinner!
We’re getting close! 16 of the 18 holes at The San Diego Aces Disc Golf Course at Brengle Terrace Park are scheduled to be opened for play on July 14. The remaining two holes require a large amount of brush clearing and will be opened a few weeks later. The 16 that will be open are the result of vigorous effort by a relatively small number of volunteers who have spent many weekends pouring out their blood, sweat and tears for this cause.
There is still work to do. Two tee boxes need to be constructed entirely, six others need to be topped off with DG and compacted, four basket sleeves need to be installed, plus a large amount of cut branches and bushes need to be chipped. Assuming we can accomplish all that by July 14, we can open. After the opening we will install the tee signs and start on the last two holes.
Why only 16 holes you ask? The short answer is lack of volunteers. Our agreement with the city requires us to complete the course within 6 months of its signing. There is only so much progress a handful of people can make each week and the city is losing confidence that we will finish. They are pressuring us to get it open for play.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
This weekend, June 23-24 the park is hosting the Scottish Highland Games and we will not be able to work. But there will be a surge of activity after this weekend. Please contact either Jeff Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org, 760-484-7020 or Courtney McSherry,email@example.com, 760-453-6321 and commit to a time where you can spend a few hours. Planned work days are 6/29, 6/30, 7/1, 7/6, 7/7, 7/8 and during the week before 7/14 as needed. It’s a good feeling to be able to say “I had a part in creating this course”, worth missing a few rounds of playing.
Also, if you have access to an industrial grade wood chipper, plate compactor or chain saws, that would be very helpful. These items are expensive to rent. If you have a good contact with an equipment supply business, we can make them a tee sign sponsor in exchange for use of their equipment.
We are collecting tee sign and other sponsors. If you or a friend owns or works for a business that could benefit from tee sign advertising space while supporting a community project, please ask them if they can sponsor a hole. Brochures describing sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Jeff Nichols.
Once you see this place you will understand why we have worked so hard to get a course here. I think golfers all over San Diego County will love this course.
Jeff Nichols, President
San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association
Summertime is here, and the warm weather, long daylight hours and vacation accruals of summer bring out that most treasured of beasts: the summer disc golf road trip. What’s that you say? You’ve never done a disc golf road trip? Are you mad? What have you been doing with your life? Don’t you know there’s no better way to burn daylight, gasoline, cash, skin and girlfriend/wife nerves than a disc golf road trip? Well, let me tell you all about it.
As far as I’m concerned, disc golf is the perfect road trip sport. There is no sport more suited for road-tripping than the one where you toss the plastic discs into those barbecue-grill-looking thingees. Now, I’ve heard some great stories about guys traveling the country touring major league baseball ballparks. Sounds fun, but it’s too sedentary. And camping trips are great, but how many different campgrounds do you want to go to on one trip – pitching and unpitching the tent each time? Hunting trips are great, but not everyone involved in the hunting trip ends up having fun (remember Bambi?). Nope, disc golf provides the greatest combination of exercise, sight-seeing, challenge, friend-making and story-creation of any sport out there.
There’s been a buzz on the InterWeb lately about road trips that are going down. If you watch the local Facebook chatter, you’ll see that there have been lots of locals from North County, the Morley Locos, 9@9-ers and Murrieta Rattlers heading out on day trips and overnighters to Wrightwood, Oak Grove, LaMa, HB, Verdugo and Casitas. Mucho linguistico about how many courses, holes, rounds they can cram in in a day or two.
And then there’s the uber-dedicated. No sooner had Cal State San Marcos held its graduation then did we hear about new graduate Max Nichols and someday graduate (fingers crossed) A.J. Risley embarking on a 3+ week odyssey. After stops to play golf in Flagstaff, Albuquerque and Sipapu, NM, the guys made it to Kansas City to play in the 30th Annual Kansas City Wide Open. There they met up with Max’s Kinetic Disc Golf teammate Philo Braithwaite, and Legacy Disc guys Steve Rico and Ben Farris. Five courses in 3 days makes for a grueling tournament, but both Max and A.J. cashed – Max took 29th in Open and A.J. took 4th place in MA1 (Men’s Advanced).
Leg 2 of the trip had A.J., Max, Philo and former San Diegan Brandon Langston driving to Michigan, where A.J. and Brandon are now playing in the U.S. Amateur Disc Golf Championship. They’re joined there by S.D. Aces Daniel Lichtman, Josh Damron, Garrett Tapken and Dale Chambless. Max and Philo hopped on a plane to Colorado, where they’ll rendevous with T.J. Cruz and Courtney McSherry of Team Kinetic at the High Plains Challenge in Fort Morgan.
And what about next week? Well, that’s the Beaver State Fling near Portland Oregon. A.J., Max, Philo, Brandon, T.J. and Courtney will make a speedy drive across the Great Plains to try to get to Milo McIver with enough time left for a practice round. That’s where I join the magical mystery tour after driving up I-5 with my daughter (A.J.’s sister). And of course there will be more San Diego golfers joining us, including John and Cody Kirkland and Steve Mills. And then…the drive back home.
Now I’ve been taking disc golf road trips for over 30 years. In high school, my buddies and I traveled to out-of-town Frisbee tournaments before we were 18 (I still can’t believe we were able to rent motel rooms…). Once disc golf began to grow in the 80′s, I traveled to tournaments all over the southeast U.S. – Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, you name it. But in 1984 I went on a life-changing trip. Tom Monroe (PDGA #33) had just moved to Florida after running the 1983 World Disc Golf Championship, and he was looking for someone to split rooms and gas to go to the 1984 WDGC in Rochester, NY. We ended up making it a 3-week trip, driving first to Toronto to play in the Canadian Masters, and then back down to Rochester the next weekend for the WDGC where Tom finished just a few strokes behind the winner, young Sammy Ferrans. It was a fantastic trip, but we didn’t get to play as much golf as we had wanted, because there was no way to find the courses. From that trip was born the PDGA Course Directory, but that’s a story for another day.
Nowadays, however we have all sorts of resources for finding courses on our road trips. The online Course Directory at PDGA.com is fantastic, and is now available in a mobile form with the PDGA iPhone app. And the course listing at dgcoursereview.com is probably the most info-packed, with course listings, pictures, maps, and reviews of the courses. DGCR also has a road trip tool that allows you to enter a starting point and ending point and it finds the courses along the way. I can’t tell you how much time that saves! And so much of this has changed very quickly. When my son and I embarked on our first big road trip in 2004, we had wrinkled maps and a dog-eared copy of the PDGA directory as our tools. For our 2007 trip to Am Worlds in Milwaukee we graduated to a laptop running Microsoft Streets and Trips with locations of golf courses uploaded from a spreadsheet. When I hit the road on Sunday, I’ll have AAA maps and guidebooks, but I’ll really be relying on Waze on my Android phone, the PDGA Directory on my iPad, and the DGCR website running on both. As long as we make it to Portland before Wednesday and can find VooDoo Donuts, everything will be A-OK.
So, how about you? Ready to get off your butt and hit the road? We’ll see you out there!
Saturday Doubles at Kit Carson park starts back up this Saturday, June 2nd. 9am start, $5 entry, A/B pool random draw. Apparently there is an ace pot of $150 that rolled over from the winter league (but aces on the temporarily-shortened hole 6 don’t count).