Disc golf in San Diego lost one of it’s most-loved players last week with the passing of Donny Olow (PDGA #2656). For over 30 years, Donny was a fixture at Morley Field – throwing aces, telling stories and helping to build a disc golf community. He was well-known and loved across the disc golf landscape – Morley Field, San Diego, SoCal (SoCal member #008) and across the U.S. Donny was a respected competitive disc golfer, playing in many major tournaments including the PDGA World Championships and U.S. Masters and was a past winner of the Morley Field Course Championship and San Diego Spring Fling. He was a founding member and served one term as President of the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club, and served as Morley Field Course Representative for several years.
If you want to get an idea of how Donny touched the lives of others, go check out his Facebook page. There you will find countless expressions of affection and remembrance, along with many personal stories from his disc golf friends. Feel free to add your thoughts to the page and share with others. If the worth of a man is to be judged by the friendships he has formed and the joy he has spread, Donny Olow was a rich man indeed.
At the time of this writing, no details regarding memorial services are available, but representatives from the S.D. Aces have been in contact with Donny’s family and we will do our best to keep disc golfers informed. In the meantime, the club will be collecting signatures on a few S.D. Aces discs to be presented to his family and used for a memorial. The discs will be available in conjunction with the Aces’ bag tag events and election being held this Saturday (Dec. 19) at Kit Carson Park and Sunday (Dec. 20) at Morley Field (near hole #8). Both events will be from 10am-4pm.
Emails were sent out tonight (Friday, Dec. 18) to all Aces members with valid email addresses. If you did not receive an email but think you should have, contact Allen Risley at email@example.com. In-person voting will also be available next weekend (Dec 19/20) at the bagtag matches at Kit Carson (Saturday, 10-4) and Morley Field (Sunday, 10-4).
Candidate bios are available here: http://wp.me/PApG1-k7
All other questions regarding the election should be sent to Vice President Randy Wylot, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are now open for the 2016 San Diego Aces Board Election. If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact Aces Vice President Randy Wylot at email@example.com. You must contact Randy by Friday, December 4th at 5pm if you want to be included on the ballot. The online portion of the election will begin on Friday, December 11th and will run until Friday, December 18th at 5pm. All San Diego Aces members with valid email addresses will receive an email invitation to the election ballot. If you receive the monthly Aces email messages from Mark Verrochi, we have your email address on file. If you have not been receiving the monthly emails, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. In-person voting (for those that do not vote electronically) will be conducted on Saturday, December 19th at Kit Carson Park and Sunday, December 20th at Morley Field. We hope to hold BBQ’s or bag-tag challenges in conjunction with the voting (volunteers welcome!).
How does the election work? You do not vote for specific board positions. Each member can vote for up to five candidates. The five candidates who receive the greatest number of votes will meet as a committee to elect members to the five Executive Board positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Director). Once the Executive Board is selected they will appoint Course Representatives at the January board meeting.
Election weekend is also a great time to renew your membership for 2016. We will have 2016 bag tags available that weekend, along with the new 2016 membership discs. Five black tags (#1-#10) will be released at each of the two events.
Thanks for your continued support of disc golf in San Diego County!
This coming Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 7/8) is the Morley Field Course Championship Tournament…and there are still some open spots available! Registration is available online at Disc Golf United (click here). There are only three divisions for the course championship: Pro ($70), Amateur ($60) and Women ($30). The winner of the Pro division is guaranteed a spot on the San Diego team for the upcoming Southwest Team Championship Invitational, and scoring well is often used as criteria for filling some of the additional spots on the team.
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The 8th Annual San Marcos Ace Race will be held at Montiel Park on Saturday, Oct. 24th. You can register online at DiscGolfU: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/tournament-dashboard.cfm/tourn_id/3388
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, SO SIGN UP ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We use the Ace Race each year as a fundraiser. This year most of the proceeds will go towards the Daniel Boe Memorial Tournament, which will be held at Kit Carson Park in the Spring.
The Ace Race is always a lot of fun at Montiel Park. We will once again have a shortened layout, since the Ace Race prototype disc for 2015 is a putter. And as always, we will have the Mini Ace Race, played on 9 mini baskets. Sign up ASAP and bring a few extra bucks on Ace Race day so you can enter the side games.
Se you there!
Baskets 10 through 14 on the Cal State San Marcos Disc Golf Course are closed for the week of August 10-16 as the campus hosts the Stone Brewing Anniversary event. The baskets have been pulled and the whole central part of campus is covered with pop-up tents, so those holes are unplayable. You can still play holes 1 through 9 and then walk to play holes 16-18. The baskets will be back in place by Monday morning, August 17.
Each year, the San Diego Aces hold an internal match play event called the North vs. South Challenge. The history of the event is that the South has been dominant, with only one victory for the North in the several years the event has been held. This year’s renewal of the North vs. South Challenge will be held on the weekend of September 11/12, 2015. Here are a few key details regarding the event:
- Players must be San Diego Aces members, joining at least one month before North vs. South is contested.
- The rough dividing line for the teams is the 52 freeway (however players calling Mast Park home may be chosen for the South team).
- Competition is in match play format, with singles matches counting for one point and doubles matches counting for two points.
- Saturday matches will be played in North County, at Kit Carson Park (singles) and Brengle Terrace Park (doubles).
- Sunday matches will be played in South County, at Sun Valley Golf Course (doubles) and Morley Field (singles).
- Each team is composed of 4 Men’s Pro Open (MPO) players, 6 Advanced Amateur (MA1) players, 6 Intermediate Amateur (MA2) players, 2 Masters (40+ years old) and 2 Women (Pro or Amateur).
- Team Captains are Chad Nichter for the North and Jason Perdue for the South.
Players can qualify for the team in a variety of ways, primarily through participation in the Aces’ Monthly tournaments or in qualifier rounds scheduled by the team captains. Participation in local PDGA events can also be used as a qualifier and captains can make a limited number of discretionary selections.
Several team qualifiers will be occurring over the next few weeks to finalize the teams:
- North Qualifier – Saturday, 8/15 at Kit Carson Park, 8:30am start.
- San Diego Aces Monthly – Sunday, 8/16 at Goat Hill, register by 8:30a, tee times start at 9am (both teams).
- South Qualifier – Monday, 8/24 at Sun Valley, 5pm start.
- North Qualifier – Sunday, 8/30 at Brengle Terrace Park, 8:30am start.
- South Qualifier – Saturday, 9/5 at Mast Park, 9am start.
If you have questions about participation, contact your team captain. Check out this link for more details on the North vs. South