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Local Course Closures this Summer

May 14, 2014

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!


Final Golden Sombrero Report

May 12, 2014

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 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

Golden Sombrero full results.

Pre-Mother’s Day Doubles at Emerald Isle – Friday @ 4

May 6, 2014

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

Thanks, Ladies! EI One More Time!

April 4, 2014

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

Montiel Park DGC Reopens!

March 6, 2014

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!


Kiosk sign for Montiel Park DGC

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.

San Diego Disc Golf Loses a Gentle Giant

March 1, 2014

Our local disc golf community lost one of it’s most-liked young disc golfers this week. Daniel Boe, an up-and-coming MA1 player, was killed early Friday morning in a single-car accident on Interstate 8. Daniel was on his way back home after competing in the Memorial disc golf tournament in Scottsdale, AZ. Daniel was alone in his SUV when he lost control and crashed.

Daniel was a fixture at North County disc golf events, calling Kit Carson Park as his disc golf home. His strong play on the course coupled with his affable personality made Daniel a universally-admired player on the local disc golf scene. Daniel was a powerful thrower, but the best shot in his arsenal was probably his Yeti Aviar putter, which he would use to sink puts from all distances. His strong play earned him a spot on SDSF’s sponsored team, and he closed out the 2013 season with a second-place finish at the SoCal Amateur Disc Golf Championships.

Details on memorial services for Daniel were not known at the time of this writing. As more information becomes available it will be posted on the Aces web page and Facebook page. In the meantime we will all keep Daniel, his family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

Coverage from the San Diego Union-Tribune can be found here:

Golden Sombrero Ice Bowl Series Wraps Up This Weekend

February 21, 2014

The 2014 Golden Sombrero of Ice Bowls has will be the biggesttournament logo in the series’ history.  Begun as the “Triple Crown of Ice Bowls” (Redlands, Palm Desert, San Marcos) in 2008 by Bill Maury-Holmes and Allen Risley, the series has evolved into nine charity events crammed into the first two months of the year.  The series changed its name one year later with the addition of a fourth event (Sun Valley/San Diego) to the Golden Sombrero Series and has kept that moniker ever since.

Each year the series has crowned a champion, who is awarded a golden, decorated sombrero at the series-closing event.  In the early years the champion was the player who beat the most other players at all of the events combined.  As the series grew it was decided to put a cap on the number of events included in a player’s points total, and that cap has been set at four events.  Players receive a point for each other player in an event who they beat (no points for players tied).  Since many of the Ice Bowl events allow for the use of mulligans ($1 each), some have argued that it’s possible to buy a series win.  With the addition of the Ice Bowl in Paradise in 2011 and inclusion of the San Marcos Super Ice Bowl – neither of which included mulligan use – that claim is harder to defend.

2010GS Winners

2010 Golden Sombrero top finishers: 1st – A.J. Risley, 2nd – Patrick Paramore

This year’s series has had a record number of players so far, with 318 participating in the first seven events, thanks to big turnouts at Chavez (83), Yucaipa (64) and Murrieta (64).  This year’s series championship is still up for grabs going into the final two events this weekend – the Wrightwood Ice Bowl and the San Diego Ice Bowl @ Mission Bay.  The current top 5 players are listed below with their point totals (and number of events played in parentheses):

  1. A.J. Risley – 214 points (5 events played)
  2. Danny Zwolenski – 176 (6)
  3. Chris Horn 173 (3)
  4. Allen Risley 152 (5)
  5. (tie) Bill Maury-Holmes 148 (3), Jason Perdue 148 (3)

Four-time defending champion A.J. Risley is currently in the lead with 214 points.  Since neither A.J. nor 2009 champ Allen Risley are playing in Ice Bowls this weekend, their scores will not change.  But other players still have a shot:

  • Danny Zwolenski can catch A.J. if he can beat 72 players in one of the events and none of the other top players pass him.
  • Likewise for Chris Horn, who needs to beat 42 players at Wrightwood to pass A.J. (Chris needs to hope for more walk-up entrants on Saturday, current registration is 37).
  • Bill Maury-Holmes needs to beat at least 67 players at Wrightwood, which is not likely to happen (sorry Bill).
  • Jason Perdue won the Ice Bowls at Sycuan and San Marcos, but he needs to beat 67 players at either Wrightwood or Mission Bay to pass A.J.  He is unlikely to have enough players in the field at Wrightwood, but the Mission Bay field is 94 players, which gives him a strong chance.

So don’t expect to know the outcome of the Golden Sombrero championship race until late in the evening on Sunday (Mission Bay is played under the lights).  But we already know the big winners from this year’s Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls – the local charities that will be receiving cash and canned food donated by our players!


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