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Colina Park Welcomes Ice Bowlers

January 5, 2016

2016-01-03 16.30.58Fifty-five players helped feed their hungry neighbors while playing disc golf on Sunday at the Colina Park Ice Bowl.  Held at the well-manicured Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights (San Diego) under partly-cloudy skies (63°), the 2nd Annual Colina Park Ice Bowl was a great success.  The gathering of disc golfers helped to raise $850 for the San Diego Food Bank, a significant increase from last year’s event.

The competition was fierce, as players battled the tricky Colina Park layout, with the help of a few mulligans.  There was a limit of 13 mulligans per player for this event, so golfers had to be strategic in their use.  Former Golden Sombrero Champion A.J. Risley came out on top in the Men’s Open/Intermediate division shooting an 18-under par 36, when second-place finisher Carl Renda (38) finally ran out of mulligans with five holes to play.  Daniel Flores (39), Aubrey Daniels (41) and Chad Nichter (41) rounded out the top five in that division.

The Men’s Intermediate/Recreational division was won by Joey Roberts, with a score of 41 (13-under par), one shot better than Bobby Martin (42) and Javi Vargas (42).  Frank Granillo, Jerry Jones and Zach Carman were only one shot behind them at 43.  Joey also cleaned up during the prize raffle, winning a couple of prizes provided by event sponsor Innova-Champion Discs.

The Holiman family was well-represented, with Shalon Holiman (61) winning the Ladies’ division while brother Austin Holiman (52) took the Juniors title.

Richard Ayers was one of the raffle-baggers on hand, walking away with a one-month pass to Morley Field and a gift certificate to the SDSF Pro Shop.  But the big raffle winner was David Neria, who won the event’s top raffle prize – a Discmania portable basket.

Many thanks go out to the event sponsors, who helped this group of disc golfers raise funds for the San Diego Food BankInnova Champion Discs, Disc Golf Values, SDSF, Morley Field and the Colina Park Golf Course/Pro Kids Academy.  You can join in the fun at the next event on the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls, being held Saturday, January 9th at Prado Regional Park in Chino, or at upcoming events at the Sycuan Golf Resort and Montiel Park in San Marcos.

Full Results:

Men’s Open/Advanced
[Name, Score]
A.J. Risley 36
Carl Renda 38
Daniel Flores 39
Aubrey Daniels 41
Chad Nichter 41
Greg Arimura 42
Logan James 42
Carlos Caballero 43
Mike Sills 43
Eric Ducharme 44
Allen Risley 45
Travis Garcia 45
Christian Cullen 46
Dan Shorkey 46
Jason Smith 47
Rj Conklin 50

Men’s Intermediate/Recreational
[Name, Score]
Joey Roberts 41
Bobby Martin 42
Javi Vargas 42
Frank Granillo 43
Jerry Jones 43
Zachary Carman 43
Alex Wilson 44
Chad Holiman 44
Patrick Rice 44
Tom Vincent 44
Kevin Young 45
Robert Eames 45
Suzette Simons 46
Cory Kiefer 47
Don Vincent 47
Eric Russell 47
Larry Sanchez 47
Randy Comeau 47
David Neria 48
Eitan Margolis 48
Isaac Feldman 48
Thomas Hamblin 49
Ricardo Bustamante 50
Richard Ayers 50
Steven Shimin 50
Tim Huza 50
Eric Martin 51
Wes Grissom 51
William Register 51
Jake Del Dosso 53
John Howard 53
Alain Goldstein 54
David Zoquiapa 54
Matt James 55
Derek Rimington 58
Francisco Leyva 58

[Name, Score]
Shalon Holiman 61

[Name, Score]
Austin Holiman 52


Source: Colina Park Welcomes Ice Bowlers


2016 Board Election Results

December 21, 2015

Voting for the 2016 San Diego Aces Board of Directors was completed over the weekend, with in-person voting occurring at the bag tag events held Saturday at Kit Carson Park and Sunday at Morley Field.  This followed a week of online voting by members who supplied an email address when they joined the club.  The results are:

  1. Mark Verrochi (88 votes)
  2. Allen Risley (87)
  3. Randy Wyolt (69)
  4. Chad Nichter (42)
  5. Chad Holiman (37)

These top five candidates will meet between now and the beginning of the year to assign Executive Board positions (i.e., President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Director).  Additional votes were cast for the following candidates:

  • Tony Buck (29)
  • Travis Castle (24)
  • Mike Sills (19)
  • Matt James (17)
  • Donny Olow (1 write-in)
  • Scott Miller (1 write-in)
  • Jeff Nichols (1 write-in)
  • Logan James (1 write-in)

Course Representatives will be appointed at the first board meeting of 2016, Monday, January 11, held at 6pm in Suite 116 of the Sunroad Financial Complex, 11770 Bernardo Ct. in Rancho Bernardo.




End-of-Year/Beginning-of-Year Bag Tag Melees

December 16, 2015

The last bag tag melees of 2015, which coincidentally will also be the first bag tag melees of 2016, will be held Saturday, December 19 at Kit Carson Park and Sunday, December 20, at Morley Field.  Both events will be held from 10am – 4pm.  The club will have food available on Sunday (for a modest donation – hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks).

This is your last chance to play against large groups of people for the 2015 tags.  2016 membership packages will also be on sale both days, with new membership discs available (Color Glow L3s, Color Glow Roc3s, Pro MD-2s, Champion Eagles, Legend Nemeses, Icon Outlaws, SP Hellfires and Proline Steadys).  And of course……[drum-roll]……the new 2016 bag tags, including the highly sought-after black tags (#1 – #10).  As in years past, one location will get the odd-numbered black tags and the other will get the even-numbered black tags.2016 discs

This is also your chance to vote in the 2016 Aces Board of Directors Election, if you have not already done so electronically.  Vice President Randy Wylot will have a list of all members (those who have already voted will be crossed off) and ballots on both days.

Come join us!

Saying Goodbye to Donny Olow

December 15, 2015

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 andDonnyO 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.

2016 Board Election is Live

December 11, 2015

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  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:

All other questions regarding the election should be sent to Vice President Randy Wylot, at


Nominations Open for 2016 Aces Board

November 2, 2015

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  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  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!

Morley Course Championship is this weekend – spots still available!

November 2, 2015

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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