Disc golf is growing, and it seems like the pace accelerates every week. Since the beginning of the year, disc golf holes-in-one have shown up on ESPN’s nightly Top Ten list at least four times, and now we’re getting some local TV coverage in San Diego. The new disc golf course at Mast Park in Santee, CA was featured on TWO separate TV stations tonight, showcasing some of our enthusiastic local players and demonstrating the cooperative effort of the city of Santee and the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club. Check out these two TV segments, then head out to Mast Park and play this fun new course. And join with us as we #growthesport #plantsomebaskets #growthesmiles
The San Diego Aces had a very successful work party on Thursday, partnering with a crack maintenance crew from the City of Santee to install baskets for the nine-hole course at Mast Park. All nine baskets (plus a practice basket) are in the ground, ready to play. Tee locations for all nine holes are currently marked with sprinkler flags (red = short tees, blue = long tees). Another work party will be held on Monday, July 13 to install wood frames for DG tee pads, with rubber mats to be added over the next several weeks. A map of the layout can be found here.
Over the next several weeks we will be deciding on a schedule for a doubles league and how often the baskets will be rotated between their A, B and C positions. The plan is for the baskets to be in either “all A”, “all B” or “all C” positions for simplicity’s sake. Please join us in enjoying this new course and remember to pack out any trash you bring in!
WE HAVE A DATE FOR THE WORK PARTY!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, July 9th from 7am to 3pm. Yes, 7am – the city crew starts work early. We will be: 1) setting the sleeves into the ground for all nine holes, 3 sleeves per hole or 27 sleeves; 2) assembling the baskets; 3) digging the tee pad foundations, building and setting frames for the tees and filling the frames with DG (decomposed granite). We will be aided by a work crew from the City of Santee, who are bringing a power auger (to dig the holes), a cement mixer trailer (so we don’t have to lug bags of cement and buckets of water) and the lumber and DG for the tees. We need a big crew in order to get this all done in one day – and please show up as early as possible so we can organize.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! Because of insurance issues, volunteers (that means all of us) are NOT allowed to park in the park’s parking lot or on any other city property (this may be referring to parking for the library next to the park?). We are asking everyone to park at the nearby Wal-Mart and walk to the park (map is below).
We need volunteers to bring some tools: shovels, post-hole diggers, bow rakes, hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, duct tape (don’t you always need duct tape?). Instructions for installing the basket sleeves can be found here. Check it out so you’re ready for Thursday!
If you have any questions or would like to receive emails regarding the work party, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Progress on Mast Park! The City of Santee has graciously offered to provide a power auger (and staff people) to dig the holes for the basket sleeves and tee sign poles and a cement mixer trailer to deliver the cement needed for the sleeves. What we disc golfers need to provide is workers to set the sleeves and concrete in place (and level). One catch – the work must be done on a weekday.
We are hoping to schedule a one day work party to knock these tasks out. The work party would be either the first week of June (June 1-5) or the third week of June (June 16-19). Please comment below or send a message to email@example.com if you could possibly participate on at least one of those days. Don’t worry about which day yet – we’ll figure that out in the next step (we’re going to use a fancy calendar app for that). And please reply even if there’s just one of those days that would work!
Thanks for your support!
By Steve Hill – NoodleArmDiscGolf.com
Last February, the San Diego disc golf community lost a beloved member when 25-year-old Daniel Boe died in a single-car accident on the
way back from the Memorial Championship in Arizona. This past weekend, that same community came together to honor the young man’s memory at the Daniel Boe Memorial, a PDGA-sanctioned A-Tier tournament held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Sponsored by DGA and Latitude 64 and hosted by the San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club, the event drew more than 150 players from San Diego and the surrounding region, as well as some of the top professional players in the sport. And while not every player knew the man affectionately known as “DBoe,” many felt the impact he had on those who did.
“It’s nice to know you’re a person to remember and be honored,” said Philo Brathwaite (#26416), a Los Angeles-based pro who attended the event. “Obviously Daniel had those characteristics that are deserving of a tournament to be named after him, so that’s awesome. I think a lot of us look to feel that way or be remembered that way in the future when our time comes. “Everyone’s playing with a lot of positive spirit because of him,” Brathwaite continued. “They’re not taking it as serious probably as they would another tournament because it’s in remembrance of someone else.”
After festvities kicked off Friday – Boe’s birthday – with a qualifying round, Brathwaite took that positive spirit to a hot round of 44 (-14) on Saturday, the tournament’s first day of Open action. Sunday, though, told a different story. The Open division’s second round saw South Carolina’s Ricky Wysocki (#38008) charge back with a 46 (-12), while Brathwaite fell off his prior day’s pace with a 50 (-8). The difference left Brathwaite with a slim one shot advantage entering Sunday afternoon’s final round.
“Nothing comes easy,” Brathwaite said between rounds. “Sometimes it might look like it’s easy, but at least for me it’s a constant battle of staying focused long enough to throw good shots and execute. It doesn’t matter where I play, how familiar or how comfortable I am. It still comes down to execution: You see the line, you know the line, you practice the line. Now it’s just a matter of getting it done.”
And for about the first half of Sunday’s final 18, Brathwaite was, indeed, getting it done. Starting off with three straight birdies, Brathwaite added a shot to his lead when Wysocki hit a tree and carded a par on the course’s sixth hole, a short, tight island. Wysocki took that shot back when Brathwaite went the tree route on Hole 8, and the two remained tight for most of the round. Hole 15, though, started a stretch of bad luck for Brathwaite that looked to seal his fate. After missing a near ace by inches, Brathwaite was left with a bad lie wedged between some bushes and a chain link fence for a difficult birdie look, which he missed. He followed that with a missed putt for birdie on 17 and an out-of-bounds drive on 18, putting him a shot behind Wysocki heading to the tournament’s final four holes (play began on Hole 5).
The two traded birdies on Holes 1 and 2, but a short Wysocki drive on the tournament’s penultimate hole left Brathwaite with an opening. After putting his drive pin high on the 471-foot hole – but about 70 feet to the left – Brathwaite ran a jump putt for the tie, but lofted it just over the basket to settle for par. When both players cleaned up their birdie putts on the course’s final hole, it was Wysocki (-34 over three rounds) who walked away with a one-shot victory.
While the final round provided plenty of drama for the growing gallery of players finishing their afternoon rounds, the true focus of the event was celebrating the life of Boe and his impact on the community. Max Nichols (#21870), a San Diego-county pro who shared the final round lead card with Wysocki and Brathwaite, spoke of the strength of the local scene and how it played an impact on the weekend. “The tournament filled up in like three minutes or something, and I know it’s not just because ‘Oh, this is a cool disc golf tournament,’” Nichols said. “It’s ‘Whoa, this is for my friend Daniel Boe,’ and then the word spread. “We’re really tight knit,” he continued. “We all love each other, so I think it was really cool that it filled up real quick, and the tournament is being run perfectly so far and (we’re all) having a good time.”
A.J. Risley (#25890), another North County-based professional, also mentioned the impression Boe left on fellow players. “Daniel was a really cool guy, just one of those guys that never had anything bad to say about anybody,” Risley said. “He was always happy to see you. I didn’t really know him too well, and I didn’t play a whole lot with him, but when I did a few times I learned a lot. “I learned a lot about having the right attitude because he would have some struggles, but he would always have a smile on his face and keep moving on,” Risley continued. “And I learned when you’re out there (on the course) there’s no reason to not give it your all.
“It’s been a little over a year, and still thinking about it and realizing that he’s gone is still pretty shocking,” Risley concluded. “But everybody’s… We have a tighter knit group because of him and his impact, so we’re definitely lucky to have had him.”
Many thanks to Tournament Director Mark Verrochi and his wife, Meagan Verrochi, for all of their hard work putting together an excellently-run tournament. Their dedication to the cause of remembering Daniel is a testament to the love we all shared with him.
Steve Hill is a Southern California-based disc golfer who doesn’t throw very far. We thank him for writing this article and allowing us to use it on the San Diego Aces website. Follow Steve on Twitter @NoodleArmDG. Oh, and you can follow the Aces on Twitter too @sandiegoacesdgc
Who’s in the lead in the Golden Sombrero standings after seven events? None other than Redlands TD and co-GS Instigator Bill Maury-Holmes! Bill’s 163 points after playing in four events give him a ten point lead over multi-time GS Champ A.J. Risley. But A.J. will not be playing any more Golden Sombrero events this season, as he will be playing at the Gentleman’s Club Challenge in Las Vegas and the Memorial in Scottsdale. Mark Verrochi could mount a late charge with three events remaining, as he has only played three events so far and is third in the points at 125. Cory Marstellar is two behind Mark at 123 to round out the top four.
But really, there are a whole bunch of disc golfers who still have a shot at this year’s title. That’s because the three remaining events: Wrightwood, Mission Bay and Colina Park could all have large fields, which means big points. Mission Bay in particular has a history of fielding close to 100 players, so Bill better watch his back! Wrightwood may also draw a big crowd after players hear the news that all 27 holes will be available for play (barring a huge snowstorm between now and next Saturday). Remember – your top four point totals count in the standings.
The top ten players so far in the Golden Sombrero standings are:
|Overall Standings (after 7 events)|
|A. J. Risley||153||4|
Winners of the events so far:
Redlands: Cory Marsteller
Prado: Patrick Brickley
Chavez Ridge: Steve Rico
Murrieta: Aaron Cribbes
Sycuan: Tadas Mikuzis
Yucaipa: Cory Marsteller
San Marcos: Mark Verrochi
Full Golden Sombrero standings after six events can be found here.
The San Diego Aces have helped Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights (San Diego) install 18 Discatchers on their pitch and putt golf course. The holes are from 148′ to 310′, with most in the 220-250′ range. Pins are tucked close to greens and bunkers to provide challenge and the landscape has ample elevation change, which is utilized with a few baskets perched on drop-offs. Open for disc golf play on Friday, Jan. 23rd, tee times recommended.
Colina Park is home to the First Tee of San Diego and Pro Kids Golf Academy, organizations that use golf as a vehicle for teaching life skills to kids. City Heights is a disadvantaged neighborhood and the kids enrolled in the Pro Kids Academy have a homework club and tutoring to assist them with their studies. No golf until homework is complete.
Since the facility is kid-focussed there is no smoking and no alcohol permitted on site or in the parking lot. Shirts and shoes required. The golf course is in pristine condition and should prove to be a fun place to exercise your midrange and putter game. Greens fees are $7 on weekdays, $8 on weekends with a $10 all-day option. Tee times recommended.
The Aces will hold an Ice Bowl tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28th, benefitting the San Diego Food Bank. This will be the final event in the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls. One round, starting at 2pm. $25 entry fee includes a Golden Sombrero-stamped disc and 3 mulligans. Players may purchase an additional ten mulligans for $1 each (but no more than ten!). Watch for registration on DGU.