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‘Tight Knit’ San Diego Disc Golf Community Honors Fellow Player with Memorial Tournament

March 31, 2015

By Steve Hill –

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

Daniel Boe Memorial Logo, by Blair McDonough

Daniel Boe Memorial Logo, by Blair McDonough

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.

Philo tees off on tournament hole #2 during the final round

Philo tees off on tournament hole #2 during the 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).

Ricky Wysocki hits the winning putt on the final hole of the tournament

Ricky Wysocki hits the winning putt on the final hole of the tournament

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


Golden Sombrero Standings at the 2/3 Mark

February 12, 2015

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)
Name Points Events
Bill Maury-Holmes 163 4
A. J. Risley 153 4
Mark Verrochi 125 3
Cory Marsteller 123 4
Francisco Martinez 116 2
Allen Risley 115 4
Eric Audet 105 4
Jone Eide 105 2
Michael Homan 91 2
Steven Rico 78 1

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.

Disc Golf Baskets Added to Colina Park Golf Course

January 22, 2015

Colina Park DGC Map - 01222015The 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.

-Allen Risley

It’s Ice Bowl Season Again!

January 7, 2015

[This article was originally posted on the SoCal Disc Golf website:]

One year ends and another begins, and in the disc golf world that means…….Ice Bowl Season is here! 2015 will be the 8th year of the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls, and it looks like it will be the biggest yet. What started several years ago with three events (Redlands, San Marcos and Palm Desert) has grown into a series with nine charity disc golf events (and maybe more…).

For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, here’s a quick synopsis: over 35 years ago a group of disc golfers in Missouri decided that they wanted to play disc golf, even if there was snow on the ground. They rounded up a few friends, made a big pot of chili on the Coleman stove and voilá, the Ice Bowl was born! Soon after the first event the Ice Bowl’s Chief Instigator (Rick Rothstein: PDGA board member, disc golf publisher and owner of Disc Golf World in Kansas City) decided to add a charity component to the winter gathering. Ice Bowls became dedicated to raising funds to feed the hungry in the community and over the years over $2 million have been raised at over 3,000 Ice Bowl events. You can learn more about Ice Bowl history at this link.

The Ice Bowl season runs for two months (January and February) so the nine events will fill the weekends. One of the ways we have generated interest in the series in the past is to award the Golden Sombrero Championship to an outstanding Ice Bowl competitor (more details below). Last year’s champ was San Diego’s Jason Perdue, who received a sparkling gold sombrero as his trophy at the end of the series. Jason will be back to defend his title this year as players will compete for a new golden sombrero and the grand prize of an Innova Discatcher Traveller Portable basket. Disc Golf United and Disc Golf World have teamed up this year to make these portable baskets easily available as Ice Bowl prizes – any Ice Bowl that pre-registers 20 players through will receive a Traveller basket to be used as a prize.

Keep in mind that above all, Ice Bowls are charity events aimed at feeding our hungry neighbors. Most events will have some way for you to contribute to the cause, either through raffles, cash donations or the sale of mulligans. The lineup (so far) for the 2015 Golden Sombrero Series is as follows:

• 8th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl at Ford Park – Saturday, Jan. 3rd.
• Prado Ice Bowl – Saturday, Jan. 10th
• Ice Bowl in Paradise (Chavez Ridge) – Saturday, Jan. 17th
• Murrieta Ice Bowl – Sunday, Jan. 18th
• Sycuan Ice Bowl (El Cajon) – Sunday, Jan. 25th
• Yucaipa Ice Bowl – Saturday, Jan. 31st
• 8th Annual San Marcos Super Ice Bowl – Sunday, Feb.1st
• Wrightwood Ice Bowl – Saturday, Feb. 21st
• Mission Bay Ice Bowl – Sunday, Feb. 22nd

Add to that the Colina Park Ice Bowl on Saturday, February 28th!

(More events may be added, links will be updated as they become available)

Daniel Boe Memorial Pre-Registration Starts Today

January 5, 2015

In 2014, we raised nearly $4,000 toward a Daniel Boe Memorial as part of the Shootout at KCP. This year we are celebrating the birthday (March 27th) and life of Daniel Boe by honoring him with this PDGA A-Tier, Steady Ed Tour and SoCal Series Event.


The event will be played at Kit Carson Park and will consist of 3 rounds of Disc Golf for each division. There will be two pools of participants (divisions in each of the pools will be selected closer to the event). Pool A will play one round Saturday, March 27th and two rounds Sunday, March 28th. Pool B will play two rounds Saturday and one round Sunday. Raffle and awards to follow the last round on Sunday.The registration process for the event will be as follows:

  • A. 2014 Shootout at KCP volunteers and players will have first priority to register (as our way of saying thank you for your help in 2014). The window will be for 2 weeks (Sunday, January 4, 6:00 PM until Saturday, January 17, 6:00 PM).
  • B. Professional players (players playing in the MPO, FPO, MPM, MPG, and MPS divisions) will be able to pre-register second (Sunday, January 18, 6:00 PM until Saturday, January 31, 6:00 PM). If you are a touring professional looking to reserve a spot, please contact Mark Verrochi.
  • C. Open Registration will begin on Saturday, January 31 at 9:00 PM. All divisions will be open for filling at that time.
  • D. If the event is full, there is still a chance you can get in. Sign up on the waitlist and if someone drops out, we will call the next person on the list. Also, on Friday March 27th, we will be having a Qualifier at 11:00 AM for all remaining waitlisted players. The best five scores from the Qualifier will earn the final five spots in the tournament.

Following the Qualifier, there will also be Doubles at 2:00 PM and a Birthday Party at 6:00 PM consisting of a player’s meeting where you can pick up your player’s pack and cake! Our plan is also to show the documentary: The Invisible String (it’s all about Frisbee!) while you enjoy the cake (if you know anyone that wants to donate a BIG cake, please let me know). There is also potential for a Ring of Fire or Putting Contest. (Details for this part of the event are still being finalized and will be emailed to all participants).


Thank you in advance to our sponsors: DGA, SDSF, San Diego Aces, Sunshine Distributions, Innova, Jeff Russell, Micah Kim Hardwood Flooring, and more to come. If you would like to sponsor the event or have any questions about this event, please contact Mark at or 603-986-7314 or check out the Daniel Boe Memorial Facebook page.


New Course(s) Update

January 5, 2015

The San Diego Aces are looking forward to installing the new 9-hole disc golf course at Mast Park in Santee in the next several weeks.  Installation has been delayed by some contract negotiations, but they are procedural details that should be worked out soon.  Please keep your eyes open for work party announcements which should be coming soon!

Another new set of disc golf baskets will be installed this January at Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights (San Diego).  2014 Aces President Allen Risley has been working with the management at Colina Park to design the disc golf layout, which will follow the existing ball golf layout.  Colina Park is a “pitch & putt” golf course, with average ball golf hole distances of 70-100 yards, so this will be a midrange-friendly disc golf layout.

Colina Park Golf Course is home base for The First Tee of San Diego, an organization that uses golf as a vehicle for teaching life skills to local kids.  Since it is a kid-safe environment, Colina Park Golf Course has strict no smoking and no alcohol policies which will be enforced (shoes and shirts are also mandatory).  Details on the schedule for play and greens fees are still being worked out and will be announced once they are finalized – please do not call the pro shop asking for these details!  We will be organizing a weekday work party in the upcoming weeks, so keep watching for that.

Tentative plans are to hold an Ice Bowl tournament late in February as a grand opening event.  Once again, please do not call the pro shop for more details – you will see them here first!


Aces Election Results Are In

December 29, 2014

The 2015 San Diego Aces Board election concluded on Sunday, December 21st after seven days of online voting (Dec. 13-19) and in-person voting at Sun Valley Golf Course (Dec. 20) and Kit Carson Park (Dec. 21). Forty-one members voted on line while twenty-eight voted in person. The top five vote-getters will meet to assign positions on the Executive Board and select course representatives. Complete results are listed below:

Mark Verrochi – 57 votes
Allen Risley – 54
Randy Wylot – 45
Jason Perdue – 37
Garrett Tapken – 32
Daniel Lichtman – 23
Tony Buck – 21
Donny Olow – 18
Scott Miller – 17
Shane Dehner – 17
Chad Nichter – 14