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Congrats to the 2023 Daniel Boe Memorial Weekend 1 Winners!

March 29, 2023

Weekend #1 of the 2023 Daniel Boe Memorial tournament provided a lot of fun for the participants to go along with the cool temperatures and testy wind. Tournament Director Mark Verrochi and his crew put on an efficient event, juggling three pools totaling 216 players around the modified Kit Carson Park layout. Oh, and you gotta try the food truck – the birria quesadilla is bomb!

MA1 proved to be the real cliffhanger of the weekend, as three players were tied for 1st place at 10-under par after the end of round 3. San Diego’s Matt Goeller, Logan James from Bonita and Cody Burgwald of Azusa walked back to the tee of the newly-renumbered 18th hole (the “Island Hole” playing to one of the standard practice baskets) to decide the sudden-death playoff. Goeller laced a midrange towards the basket, ending up about 15 feet away to secure a birdie and the win in front of the collected crowd.

Joene Marx of San Diego was in first place after round 1 by two throws and maintained that lead and then some for the weekend to take 1st place in FA1 (27-over par). Her 856 rating average for the weekend was 65 points above her player rating coming into the weekend. Local San Diego favorites Pam James (2nd place, +33) and Chandelle Butterfield (3rd place, +38) hung out on the lead card all weekend to round out the podium. Leslie Lowe (+65) took home the title for the FA40 division.

Ronnie Parker of Murrieta carded very solid scores of 57, 58, 57 to end up 2-under par and win the MA2 division. His 949 average rating for the weekend was 52 points above his average! Escondido’s Sonny Chattle came in 2nd (+1) while Patrick Womack and Shawn Salas tied for 3rd place. In the FA2 division, Danielle Kravitz of Encinitas took an early lead after round 1 and maintained it all weekend to take 1st place (+56) Shelby DuMars was five throws back in 2nd place.

The MA3 leaderboard provided a rollercoaster experience all weekend. Eventual winner Carl Miller went from 9th place after round 1 to 3rd after round 2 to the top of the podium, averaging 914-rated disc golf for the weekend (+8). Chris Hyde also improved his place each round (14th, 7th, 2nd) to finish in 2nd place (+9), while Jarrod Foster played solid all three rounds to come home in 3rd. Caitlyn Benjamin (1st, +52), Eden Fletcher (2nd, +55) and Stephanie Smith (3rd, +59) traded spots on the podium all weekend, but Caitlyn’s final round of 73 secured the win for her in FA3.

We don’t see many events in our area offering the MA4 division, but this weekend’s DBoe showed why that should NOT be the case. Players rated under 850 had a chance for some close competition, with only six throws separating the top five players at the end. Out-of-towner Jason Ehizokhale, from Columbus, Ohio, took the top spot in MA4 (+20), averaging 876-rated disc golf, 32 points above his average. El Cajon’s B.J. Jaeger was possibly the most nervous player at KCP all weekend, nursing his way to the finish in 2nd place with an excellent 4-over par final round. And Phil Tani, who held the lead after rounds 1 and 2, maintained a podium finish in 3rd place after a +10 final round.

Weekend #2 of the Daniel Boe Memorial begins on Friday, March 31st and sees the return of last year’s MPO and FPO Champions, Drew Gibson and Jennifer Allen. The MPO field has several 1,000-rated So Cal bombers and the return of past local favorites Nick Newton and Max Nichols. MP40 should also be fun to watch, with a possible battle at the top between Steve Rico, Shasta Criss, Carlo Pelg and Chris Shotwell. Come out and watch the action (and chow down on a birria taco!)!

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