The 2014 Ice Bowl season has begun 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: icebowlhq.org.
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. http://morleyfield.com/
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.
2014 San Diego Aces’ memberships went on sale this past weekend, in conjunction with bag tag melees and voting held at Kit Carson Park (Saturday) and Morley Field (Sunday). Discs available for registered members include Star Terns, Blizzard Wraiths and Champion Roc3s from Innova; Cannons and Patriots in various premium plastics from Legacy; Squalls and Breakers in Sparkle and Prostyle plastics from DGA. The Aces have also unveiled new dri-fit shirts, available as part of a membership package. Several bag tag competitors sported these shirts during the competition.
KCP Course Rep Tony Buck was given the honor of choosing which tags would be available on Saturday, and he blindly chose odd numbers. Scott Miller (1), Greg Stanbro (3), Matt Howard (5), Garrett Tapken (7) and Josh Hesser (9) walked away with the first five black tags on Saturday. Garrett and Josh stepped up and brought those tags back out for challenge on Sunday at Morley Field. When the round was over, the 2014 black tags were held by:
- Scott Miller
- Carlo Pelg
- Greg Stanbro
- Brad Armstrong
- Matt Howard
- Richard H.
- Garrett Tapken
- Jeff Nichols
- Mike Westerman
- Mike Slonim
Honorable mention: Derek Dryer shot a -10 at Morley which would have given him a black tag, but he had chosen not to sign up for 2014 yet. Many thanks to Mark Verrochi for organizing the bag tag challenges both days as well as the membership registration.
Both 2013 and 2014 tags are now in play until Dec. 31st. Rmember…EVERY ROUND is a bag tag round!
Online voting for the San Diego Aces board election has concluded. If you are a current member and were not able to vote online, you can do so on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Kit Carson Park (9a-1p) or Sunday, Dec. 1 at Morley Field (9a-1p).
Kit Carson Park Disc Golf Course holes 6 through 18 will be closed on Sunday, November 24th from 8am to 2pm for a regional high school cross country meet. The City of Escondido and the Aces ask that you play another course at that time.
Please cooperate with race organizers and the Parks Department – the park is there for all of us to share, sometimes we just can’t play disc golf there.
Thanks for your cooperation!!!