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Mission Bay Ice Bowl Information

February 1, 2017
Hello Everyone
Due to the most recent storms, the lights on the Mission Bay Golf Course shorted out, and are not in service.
This means moving this year’s Ice Bowl. The city has offered to allow us to use the Balboa Municipal Executive Golf Course (yes, the one across the street from Morley Field), on February 26th. The event will be played in the afternoon and it will end when it gets dark. 
There will be 18 holes Par 56. Carts will be available as well as beverage and food cart. Mulligans and raffle as usual.
I will be opening registration on Thursday night February 2nd at 7pm and can be found on DGU under Balboa Ice Bowl 2017. Further details will be posted on registration site.
Since this is a temporary layout I will need volunteers to bring their baskets. If you have a basket please contact me or Dan Lichtman ASAP.
Remember, this is a charity event for the San Diego Food Bank. Please bring your food donations on the day of the event.
Look forward to seeing you all again…
Randy Wylot, Vice President
San Diego Aces Disc Golf Association
Ph: 619.709.7927

It’s Ice Bowl Season!

January 13, 2017

Every January and February disc golf courses around the country host a type of tournament called an Ice Bowl.  Ice Bowls are intended to be fun, low-key competition with a greater purpose: helping to feed our hungry neighbors.  Ice Bowl tournaments are required to raise funds for local charities that feed the hungry – in San Diego that usually means the San Diego Food Bank.

The Ice Bowl held at Colina Park Golf Course last weekend (1/8/2017) had 62 players and raised $1,010 for the food bank.  They will be able to pay for a whopping 4,040 meals from those funds!  One of the ways that funds are raised is by selling mulligans, basically a “do over”.  This means that a player can theoretically “buy a win”, but we need to remember the broader goal of the event (feeding the hungry).


2017 Colina Park Ice Bowl Participants – photo credit: Katie Risley

For the past ten years our Ice Bowls have been part of what is called the “Golden Sombrero Series” of Ice Bowls.  Golden Sombrero TDs band together to get discs with a Golden Sombrero custom stamp and players compete for an overall Golden Sombrero Series title.

San Diego is big on Ice Bowls so there are several more yet to come this season.  Here’s what’s coming up:

Sycuan Ice Bowl – Sunday, Jan. 15th

Brengle Terrace Ice Bowl – Saturday, Jan. 21st

Montiel Park – Sunday, Feb. 5th

Mast Park [tentative] – Sunday, Feb. 19th

Mission Bay Golf Course – Sunday (night), Feb. 26th


For more info on the Golden Sombrero Series and its individual events, check out the GS website.

For more info on Ice Bowls in general take a look at the Ice Bowl website.


Women’s Global (Disc Golf) Event!

May 4, 2016

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 will be the day that women’s disc golf in San Diego will set a wge2016_logo_fullcolor-450x456record – we will have the largest field of women ever assembled in San Diego for a disc golf event!  The San Diego Aces are sponsoring a 2-round, ladies-only tournament at Colina Park Golf Course as part of the PDGA’s “Women’s Global Event“.  This worldwide disc golf mega tournament will be played at over 60 locations around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Estonia and Texas, with over 1,500 women participating.  The PDGA will be using ratings-based performance scoring to calculate “global scores” for all players, which will allow for world-wide competition within divisions.  This allows you to compete against friends in far-away places on this one day.  But more important than the competition will be the energy created by a disc golf course full of fun-seeking ladies.

Our San Diego event is being organized by Co-TDs: Pam “I am” Vaughn and Allen Risley.  Here’s what Pam has to say about the WGE:

This year’s WGE is going to be record breaking in disc golf history! We have 33 (and counting) women of all ages on one beautiful course, but we are a part of 1,500 strong and growing worldwide!!! I’m proud to be hosting and playing in this great event.

Online registration for the tournament is still open at  Entry fees have been kept low to encourage participation, and divisions are available for first-time players and younger girls.  All participants will receive a player pack that includes an Innova “Throw Pink” disc and mini, towel from California Krush and a bunch of other goodies that TD Pam has pulled together.  And Rita’s Italian Ice will be on hand to provide refreshments between rounds.

Haven’t played Colina Park before?  You’re in for a treat!  It is a beautifully-maintained ball golf course with disc golf baskets.  Don’t worry about the length – most holes are between 200-250ft.  Well-watered grass, rolling hills and nice, grippy astroturf tee pads with an inspirational message carved into a big rock at each tee.  It’s a great setting for this epic event!

No Glow at Brengle Terrace, Please!

February 11, 2016

I received an email this morning from Robert Anderson, Recreation Manager for the City of Vista, asking disc golfers to stop playing disc golf at Brengle Terrace Park at night. His message:

“Recently staff have been having issues at night with disc golfers staying and using glowing discs. Please help us inform the patrons that the course closes at dusk, for some reason when staff spoke to the users they were under the impression the course was open until midnight.”

As disc golfers, we all have the responsibility to use the facilities to which we have been granted access with care. Nearly all (if not all) of the city parks in San Diego County with disc golf baskets close at sundown, for the safety of park users and to provide peace and quiet for park neighbors. While “glow golf” is fun to play, it might not be a legal activity in some of these places. Please protect our daytime use of these parks by refraining from playing glow golf at night, when the parks are closed.

– Allen Risley
San Diego Aces

2016 Aces Board Members

January 15, 2016
Officer positions for the 2016 Aces Board were assigned at Monday’s meeting. 2016 officers are as follows:
President – Allen Risley
Vice President – Randy Wylot
Membership Director – Mark Verrochi
Treasurer – Matt James
Secretary – Chad Nichter
Course Representatives:
Morley Field – Christian Cullen (Co-Rep Carl Renda)
Sun Valley – Mike Sills
Sycuan – Chad Holiman
Mast Park – Jerry Jones
Kit Carson Park – Tony Buck
Brengle Terrace Park – Jordan Hicks
We can still use a lot of help carrying out club tasks! The various course reps can definitely use help with maintenance and leagues, so if you want to help our just ask! Carl Renda has offered to pick up the task of organizing the Aces’ Monthlies (filling the very large shoes of Jason Perdue) but can use some help with that.
We are looking forward to a great 2016! Lots of events: Daniel Boe Memorial, Battle at Brengle, Morley Spring Fling, Sun Valley Open, a Women’s Global Event tournament and the return of the Challenge at Goat Hill. Along with morley monthlies, the Aces’ monthly series, the Ace Race, putting leagues, a Scott Stokely-inspired “Blue Power” event, various Birdie Bashes/Two-Disc Challenges/Trilogy/MVP/etc events and a few barbeque/bag tag challenges we should have a lot of disc golfing to do in San Diego. Enjoy!

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