Colina Park Golf Course hosted its largest field of disc golfers to date on Sunday, January 7th, as 71 players came together for the 3rd Annual Colina Park Ice Bowl. At the end of the day, a sudden-death playoff was needed to decide the overall title, as A.J. “No Mulligans” Risley bested Carl Renda in a one hole shootout. And it was a good day for the San Diego Food Bank, as well over $1,000 was raised to help feed the hungry.
Competition in the 17-player Men’s Open/Advanced division was fierce. After 18 holes of play seven players were tied for first place with scores of 39: Risley, Renda, Oscar Garcia, Deano Porter, Don Burdette, Tito Mendia and Jerry Jones. Josh Juncal and Aubrey Daniels were just one stroke back at 40. Risley and Renda birdied all nine of the final holes, finishing one stroke ahead of Garcia and Porter (who had an ace on hole #11).
Scores in the Men’s Intermediate/Rec division were nearly as low, with Logan James, Jeff Brancato and Chris Coberley all carding 40 on the first 18 holes, one stroke better than Mike Despars, Travis Tapley and Eric Shanahan. Logan James took the trophy with a final score of 61 one throw ahead of Coberly and Tapley.
We had a nine player Ladies’ division – a fantastic turnout! Jennifer Burdette and Rianne Hamilton opened with identical 49s in the first round, but the trophy went to Jennifer after her final 9 24 beat Rianne’s 26 throws. And in the final 9, Hayley Dumont carded an ace on hole 18! In the Junior division, Isaiah Spracklen won the penguin-adorned trophy.
The tournament was played on a sunny, 66-degree day, considerably different from the frigid temperatures back on the east coast. But players were certainly in the Ice Bowl spirit, purchasing strings of mulligan/raffle tickets to benefit the food bank (and help their scores). The quick between-rounds lunch of Zappy’s pizza was very popular and after a quick shuffle of scorecards players headed out for the final 9 holes. After the golf was over the players settled in for a generous raffle. Steven Shimmin kept his lucky streak going, winning the Discatcher Traveler basket in the raffle.
Many thanks to Colina Prk Golf Course for providing a beautiful venue for the event. Many thanks also to Hans Degner, A.J. Risley, Steven Shimmin and Maxine Duncan for their volunteer help.
Full results can be found here.