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Kit Carson DGC closed 2-5pm October 23rd

October 22, 2013

The Kit Carson Park Disc Golf Course will be closed to general public use from 2-5pm on Wednesday, October 23rd. The City of Escondido has rented out the course for a private event at that time. Part of the proceeds from the rental will go into the course maintenance fund. We ask that you choose another course to play on Wednesday. Thanks for your cooperation!

2013 North vs. South Challenge Info

September 16, 2013

The following rules have been established by the San Diego Aces Board of Directors. Any modifications to
these rules must be agreed upon by the San Diego Aces Board of Directors at least two months prior to the
first day of the event.  The Captains for 2013 are: North – Mark Verrochi ( and South – Daniel Lichtman (  Contact the Captains if you have questions that aren’t answered below.

Participant Requirements:

1. Each participant competing must be a current San Diego Aces member. The San Diego Aces member must be an Aces member when participating in the qualifier and for at least one month prior to the first day of the North vs. South Challenge.

2. Spots can be awarded to an Aces member for top finishes at a captain’s preselected qualifier and/or at the captain’s discretion.

a. The captain’s preselected qualifiers should be publicized on the San Diego Aces Facebook page and website to notify Aces members of the upcoming qualifier events.

b. There must be at least three preselected qualifiers for each side to allow Aces members
multiple opportunities to try out for a team.

c. A captain’s discretion team member selection is a last resort option and should be based
on tournament results, player rating, etc.

3. The entry fee for the event is $20 per person to reserve a spot.

a. $15 is for a shirt for the participant.

b. $5 goes to a post-event dinner for the winning team.

4. The following boundaries have been established to determine which team a player can qualify for:

a. Aces members competing for the north team are required to live in San Diego County north of Highway 52.
b. Aces members competing for the south team are required to live in San Diego County south of Highway 52.
c. Captains are required to verify addresses of all participants prior to the event.

Captain Criteria:

1. The captain for each team is required to be appointed by the San Diego Aces Board of Directors.

2. The captains are responsible for coordination and team selection.

3. The captains are permitted to compete with the team.

4. The “home” captain chooses the singles and doubles matchups from the list of players/teams put together by each captain.

Event Format:

1. Four rounds of Disc Golf will be played over the course of two days. Two of the rounds (one singles and one doubles) will occur in North County and in South County.

2. The schedule and format of the event is as follows:

Date                       Meeting Time     Location                             Match Play Format
Oct. 19, 2013        8:30 AM                Kit Carson Park                Singles
Oct. 19, 2013        1:15 PM                Goat Hill.       Best Shot Doubles
Oct. 20, 2013        8:30 AM                Morley Field                      Singles
Oct. 20, 2013        1:30 PM                Sun Valley                          Best Shot Doubles

Team Requirements:

1. Each team is required to be composed of the following players: Six (6) MPO, one (1) FPO, one (1) MPM, seven (7) MA1, one (1) MM1, and four (4) MA2.

2. Each team is required to have two (2) alternates.

3. Any player may qualify for a division above their respective division but not in a lower division.

4. Amateur women may try out for the following divisions: MA1, MA2, and/or FPO.

5. A player’s division should be determined by his/her PDGA player rating. If a player does not have a
rating, the captain’s should agree on a player’s division prior to the event.

Scoring System:

1. One point will be awarded for each match won by an individual or doubles pair.

2. One-half point will be awarded to each team for any match that ends in a tie.

3. One point will be awarded to the opposing team for each match forfeit.

4. In the event of a tie, the total number of holes won will be used to break the tie.

5. If there is still a tie, a CTP will occur with all participants to determine the winner.

San Marcos Ace Race Results

August 16, 2013

The Ace Race is always good for a few surprises.  This year, the biggest surprise was that the shipment of player packs only had 100 discs in it – half of the order that had been made and not enough for all of the 142 players who showed up.  Since the boxes were delivered the afternoon before the event there wasn’t much that could be done, aside from asking the players who assembled on Saturday morning for their patience and cooperation.

And guess what?  Nearly all of those in attendance had brought their patience and cooperation with them, and for that the Ace Race Team was very thankful.  The group found a way to share 90-something discs among 138-ish players and play began around 9am.  For those players who still need to receive player pack items or discs, they should be delivered soon and the Ace Race Team will be contacting you for distribution.

The 100 early-registered players received their remaining player pack items – two durable plastic pint glasses, a Titanium mini Magnet putter, a Discraft can coozie, two reusable scorecards and a Discraft sticker.  This author thinks the scorecards are the most useful items in the pack.  Some players made quick use of the pint glasses, drinking what looked like iced tea throughout the day.  The disc?  Well, it’s made of Titanium plastic so it looks pretty cool.  One of our local experts concluded that it flew a lot like an Innova Viking – fairway driver speed with a little glide and a hard fade at the end.

The disc must have been to many players’ liking, because we recorded the greatest number of aces and metal hits in the history of San Marcos Ace Races.  Scott Miller was the most accurate of the day, with one ace and three metal hits to take the first place prize of a golf bag full of Discraft discs (which he benevolently shared with his friends).

Once again, many thanks to all of you who helped us raise several hundred dollars for EDGE, and who helped the day go smoothly.

Final Results:

Scott Miller – 1 Ace/3 Metals

Drew Bogue – 1 Ace/2 Metals

Cole Reynolds – 1 Ace/2 Metals

Billy Brubaker – 1 Ace/2 Metals

Don Githens – 1 Ace/1 Metal

Ian Piper- 1 Ace/1 Metal

Mark Verrochi – 1 Ace/1 Metal

Rob Eames – 1 Ace/1 Metal

Steve Grubbs – 1 Ace/0 Metals

Martin Pierce – 3 Metals

Brandon Duncan – 3 Metals

Joe Goodman – 3 Metals

Chad Wilkinson – 2 Metals

Dave Lawrence – 2 Metals

Travis Benson – 2 Metals

Steve Buck – 2 Metals

Jim Lane – 2 Metals

Tanner Kurtz – 2 Metals

Blair McDonough – 2 Metals

Greg Davis – 2 Metals

Nathan Nunez – 2 Metals

Paul Morgavo – 2 Metals

Mike Ramos – 2 Metals

Scott Lee – 1 Metal

Sean Stevens – 1 Metal

Tyler Tremmeling – 1 Metal

Kade Stabenow – 1 Metal

Drew Zeller – 1 Metal

Joe Sanger – 1 Metal

Josh Bennet – 1 Metal

Donny Olow – 1 Metal

Ozzie Fausto – 1 Metal

Tyler Coney – 1 Metal

Clayton Young – 1 Metal

Tony Buck – 1 Metal

Colin Jones – 1 Metal

Brian Boyland – 1 Metal

Brandon Reed – 1 Metal

Mike Pearson – 1 Metal

Jim Richter – 1 Metal

Mike Allee – 1 Metal

Dennis Keane – 1 Metal

Grant Nunez – 1 Metal

Dan Shorkey – 1 Metal


The Open @ Sun Valley – Sept. 7-8 2013

August 15, 2013

Sun Valley Golf Course in La Mesa will once again host a PDGA-sanctioned, SoCal Series event.  This year called The Open @ Sun Valley, the tournament will give players another chance at taming the challenging 18-hole “SVO” layout.  Registration is available online at  Pro and Men’s Advanced Amateur (MA1) players will play 3 rounds (2 Saturday, 1 Sunday) while the remaining players will play 2 rounds (1 per day).   Sunday’s activities will wrap up with the traditional Doubles/Skins challenge, where players with the top scores for the weekend are matched with raffle winners.

Many thanks to our major sponsors – Innova Disc Golf and  Fundraiser discs (Gold Star Terns, Glow Champion Whippet-X’s, Champion Metal Flake Shark3’s, Champion XD’s and Atlases) will be available for sale in advance, with all proceeds going to the event payout.

If you would like to sponsor the event or have any questions, please contact Tournament Directors Allen Risley (, 760-822-7641) or Chad Nichter (, 260-517-3802).


Brengle Terrace Work Party on Saturday, 7/20 (and other news)

July 17, 2013

Highlights from Tuesday night’s marathon board meeting:

- Brengle Terrace work party this Saturday, 7/20 from 8am until sundown. Come for however long you can. We will be re-installing holes 14 & 15 in new locations. Meet at tee #16, please bring tools for digging.  The baskets will NOT be re-installed until all work is done, so if you want these holes open soon, please help out.

- Kit Carson baskets 16, 17, 18 should be back in place by the end of next week. It’s taking a little longer in order to make the baskets vandal-proof.  Course Rep Tony Buck has some tricks up his sleeve.

- 6th Annual San Marcos Ace Race is August 10th. Sign-ups are only $25 on  This event is run as a fundraiser for EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), helping put discs and baskets in our local schools!  The Ace Race will be the last big event at Montiel before the big remodeling project that will add trees, ground cover and irrigation to the course.

- The Open @ Sun Valley is Sept. 7&8, played on the 18-hole Sun Valley layout. PDGA & SoCal event. Sign-ups later this week on

- Sun Valley August Monthly (Sunday, 8/18) will be played on the 18-hole layout as a warm-up for the O@SV.

- Basket #16 at CSUSM is being relocated to the area near holes 17 & 18.  The new hole will become hole #18.

- Goat Hill has added new carts!

- Sycuan has set up a 3rd set of tees on all 9 holes.

- Closing in on 600 members for 2013!

- North vs. South will be played in October. Qualifier events for both teams will be announced soon.

2013 San Marcos Ace Race Coming Soon!

July 11, 2013

acerace13_poster_webJoin the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association on Saturday, August 10th for the 6th Annual San Marcos Ace Race!  Last year, 165 players gathered at Montiel Park in San Marcos to try out a new prototype midrange (afterwards named the “Zombee”), chasing after those elusive holes-in-one (“aces”).  This year, we want 200!!! 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 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!  last year players received 2 prototype discs, a full-color mini Ultrastar, an aluminum water bottle, a pair of sunglasses and a Discraft sticker.  Details on this year’s player pack and a description of the disc will be released July 22nd. The Grand Prize for the player with the most aces has not been announced yet, but last year it was a new golf bag filled with eight new Discraft golf discs.
We run the Ace Race as a fundraiser for EDGE (Educational Disc Golf Experience), a group that promotes disc golf in K-12 schools.  We raised over $1,000 last year and hope to surpass tht 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 a yet-to-be-named school in Escondido.  Because this event is a fundraiser and not for profit, we ask all players to sign up 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 completions. 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, and we may have a separate hole-in-one contest (2 throws for $1) with the prize being a portable basket.
August will be your last chance to see Montiel Park in its current “barren” form.  The park will close early in September for several months as the City of San Marcos does a major overhaul of the landscape.  When it’s time for the Ice Bowl in January you’ll see a “new” Montiel Park with lots of landscaping, trees, upgraded trails and heavy-duty erosion control measures.  The Aces have been working with the city to make sure that these enhancements add to the safety, challenge and playability of the disc golf course.
You can sign up for the Ace Race at

Why Should I Join This Club?

July 11, 2013

A week or so ago someone posted a question on our Facebook page: “why should I join this club?”  Great question!  Off the top of my head, the answer would be “because you like disc golf”, but that’s really not a good answer.  You can like disc golf but not have any need or interest in joining a local club.  This question deserved a little more thought.  So I put aside the mapping project that was driving me crazy for a few minutes and came up with some better answers.  Here’s what I replied with:

Here are a few reasons why you should join this club:
1. To help get more courses in San Diego – the club has provided funding and labor to help put in several courses in the past 5 years.
2. You want more PDGA tournaments – the club has run or supported numerous PDGA events at Goat Hill, Brengle Terrace, Sun Valley, Sycuan, Kit Carson and CSUSM.
3. You like less competitive charity tournaments – each year club members run Ice Bowl tournaments to raise money for local food banks and Ace Races to raise funds for EDGE.
4. You want to see more kids play disc golf – funds from the Ace Races and other events have been donated to Educational Disc Golf Experience, who has (or will soon) put discs and portable baskets in schools or youth programs in San Marcos, Escondido, Vista and Cardiff.
5. To get one of our cool club-logo discs.
6. To get some of the prizes that disc manufacturers give the club because of our large disc orders.
7. You want to participate in the bag tag competition, searching for the elusive black tags.
8. You want to be part of the North vs. South Team Challenge, playing match play on 4 of our local courses, just for bragging rights.
9. You want to support the club’s efforts to improve our local courses – we handle maintenance at Kit Carson, Montiel and Brengle Terrace, and do a bit of grunt work at Sun Valley, too.
10. You want to be part of one of the largest non-profit disc golf clubs in the U.S., and share your talents and enthusiasm to grow and improve the sport in San Diego County. 

Not everyone wants the same things out of a club, but there’s a lot to choose from with the SD Aces.


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