Sombero Gets a Workout at Sycuan

[Many thanks to Chad Holiman for this article!]

Sunday was another perfect example of why Southern California Disc Golfers are the luckiest in the world. With people all over America posting pictures of snow covered yards and cars, a group of disc golfers at the Sycuan Disc Golf Course were posting pics of Birdies, funny hats and friends! 48 players made it out to the Sycuan Ice Bowl on Jan. 24th, benefiting the San Diego Food Bank.

Everyone had an amazing time competing for the top spots in their division! Mulligans were used in abundance thanks to the enticing addition of the custom metal minis that were made available to all who shot 20 below or better. The 27 hole layout at Sycuan presented some unique challenges forcing players to use their mulligans wisely in order to allow themselves to finish with the chance to post a winning score.

Sycuan collage

At the end of the day, Hector Ortega beat out veteran Ice Bowler and touring pro, A.J. Risley for the top prize in the Open/Advanced division, shooting an amazing 25 down! That beats the previous record held by Jason Perdue by 1 stroke!  Hector played the first round in a blistering 18-under par, one better than A.J., and kept that one stroke lead through the final nine holes as both players shot 7-under.  In the Intermediate/Rec division Kris Martinez opened with a 14-under for a 2 shot lead over Anthony Benn.  His final nine 5-under gave Kris a six throw victory over Anthony and Isaac Feldman, who ties at 13-under.  Claire Kinder was the lone lady in the field (what’s up with that?) and took the Ladies’ trophy home with a 27 hole total of 88.

Next stop on the Golden Sombrero Series is this coming Saturday at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, followed by the “Half-Iced” Bowl in La Mirada on Sunday.

Full Results:

Men’s Open/Advanced
Place First Name Last Name Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Hector Ortega 36 20 56
2 A.J. Risley 37 20 57
3 Jason Fitzgerald 39 23 62
T4 Michael Homan 42 22 64
T4 Mitchel Zunich 42 22 64
T4 Mike Lamb 41 23 64
T4 Alexander Padilla 41 23 64
8 Tadas Mikuzis 42 24 66
T9 Mike Sills 45 22 67
T9 Allen Risley 43 24 67
T9 Aubrey Daniels 41 26 67
12 Eric Ducharme 40 28 68
13 Steven Gerald 45 28 73
T14 Derrick Stockhausen 48 27 75
T14 Greg Arimura 47 28 75
16 Travis Garcia 51 28 79
Men’s Intermediate/Recreational
Place First Name Last Name Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Kris Martinez 40 22 62
T2 Isaac Feldman 44 24 68
T2 Anthony Benn 42 26 68
4 Jerry Jones 45 25 70
T5 Eric Russell 47 25 72
T5 Mark Stutzman 46 26 72
T5 Chad Holiman 45 27 72
T5 Brent Higham 44 28 72
T9 William Cosgrove 47 26 73
T9 Robert Eames 40 33 73
T11 Brent Geston 50 24 74
T11 Chris Lass 44 30 74
13 Steve Shimmin 50 27 77
T14 Luc Cooper-Bey 51 27 78
T14 Jake Del Dosso 49 29 78
16 David Neria 51 28 79
T17 Vince Teran 48 32 80
T17 Wes Grissom 46 34 80
T19 Mitch Arimura 57 26 83
T19 Joe Rodriguez 52 31 83
T19 Larry Sanchez 52 31 83
T19 Gerardo Moreno 50 33 83
T23 Rick Willson 55 29 84
T23 Vance Arrendale 52 32 84
T25 Le Andre Bailey 53 32 85
T25 Zachary Carman 52 33 85
27 Nick Johns 54 33 87
28 Ken Williams 54 34 88
29 Austin Osborne 61 34 95
30 Alain Goldstein 62 36 98
31 Brent Miller DNF
Ladies’ Division
Place First Name Last Name Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Claire Kinder 57 31 88

Birdies Abound at Murrieta Ice Bowl

Murrieta playersSixty players hit the course at Mountain Pride Park in Murrieta on Saturday for the 4th Annual Murrieta Ice Bowl, benefitting St. Martha’s Pantry.  Glenn and Maxine Duncan and their crew of volunteers put on a great event, including pizza and beverages for players as they completed their rounds.  Much appreciated!

The players were obviously dialed in on the “short tee to short basket” layout, but no doubt the mulligans were also flying as twelve players completed the


Murrieta Ice Bowl Champ Brad Smissen

18-hole round with scores of 36 (that’s 18-under for you math-averse folks).  Those twelve settled the question of overall champion with a dozen-player CTP contest from the parking lot, with Brad Smissen having the closest shot to walk away with the beautiful snowflake trophy.


Next stop on the Golden Sombrero Series is the senior event on the circuit, the Ice Bowl in Paradise at Chavez Ridge.  Chavez is a non-mulligan event with a large field, many of whom are not regular Golden Sombrero participants, so we once again may see come shake-up in the standings.  Also coming up is the Sycuan Ice Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 24th, which still has some spots open.  Grab’em quick!

Full Results:

Place Name Score

Brad Smissen

T2 A.J. Risley 36
T2 Aaron Cribbes 36
T2 Bob McGee 36
T2 Connor Duncan 36
T2 Frank Bryant 36
T2 Jayson Young 36
T2 Jim Lane 36
T2 John Greer 36
T2 Kris Kiler 36
T2 Mike Lamb 36
T2 Ryan Boggs 36
T13 Bill Maury-Holmes 37
T13 Ryan Mistak 37
T13 Suzette Simmons 37
16 Eric Ducharme 38
T17 Mark Verocchi 40
T17 Tom Greer 40
T19 Aubrey Daniels 41
T19 Dustin Crellin 41
21 Allen Risley 42
T22 Brandon McKinley 43
T22 Cris Johnson 43
T22 Dan Hoffhines 43
25 Eric Little 44
26 Robert McHenry 45
27 Adam Kittell 46
T28 Eddie Bisby 47
T28 Greg Arimura 47
T28 Logan Mason 47
T28 Steve Downs 47
T32 John Clemmons 48
T32 Tim Caldwell 48
T34 Dan Boe 49
T34 Joel Maury-Holmes 49
T34 Ray Smith 49
T34 Thomas Hamblin 49
T38 Andrew Ellis 50
T38 Chris Smith 50
T38 Hayden Lovett 50
T38 Jerry Newey 50
T38 Marty Bratcher 50
T38 Travis Giffin 50
T44 Mike Herrera 51
T44 Ted Manthey 51
46 Barry Joyner 52
47 Rob Gouvion 53
48 Brian Poetschlag 54
T49 Glenn Duncan 55
T49 Joe Geddes 55
T51 Andrew Stark 56
T51 Rick Stark 56
T53 Brian Gubrud 58
T53 Ron Krippner 58
55 Joey Geddes 59
56 Kalani Oar 60
57 Monique Escalera 63
58 Jim Westby 64
59 Christina Rothfus 76
60 Eli Kittell 83

Top Ten After 3 Events

Here are the top ten competitors heading into Saturday’s Murrieta Ice Bowl.

top10 after3

A.J. Risley still holds the top spot, but Jacob Newey leapt into the top ten on the strength of his win at Prado.  Insider news:  according to a reliable source, Redlands winner Suzette Simons has pledged that she is “prepared to buy an 18-down”.

Redlands Ice Bowl Makes Donation

Since 2008 the Redlands Ice Bowl has been helping disc golfers give back to the local community by raising funds to feed the hungry.  Here is Redlands Co-TD Joel Maury-Holmes presenting the check for $705 to Redlands Family Services Association Executive Director Kyra Stewart.Joel_presents_check

Big Turnout at Prado!

Brent Higham and Steven Gerald, the main drivers behind the new-ish Riverside Chain Bangers Disc Golf Club put on a very fun 3rd Annual Prado Ice Bowl on Saturday in Chino.

Prado winner TD Suzette

Co-TD Steven Gerald, Lady’s Champ Suzette Simons and Men’s Open/Adv winner Jacob Newey – (photo credit: Jacob Newey)

Mother Nature cooperated, keeping the rain away, temperatures in the comfortable range and letting the sun poke through the clouds every now and then.  The keg of Coors Light helped the mood as well, and may have helped loosen up some purse strings as the mulligans were a-flyin’!  In the end Jacob Newey must have wanted that cool rustic basket trophy the most, or maybe he just really didn’t want to miss that putt on hole #2.  No matter the reason, he played solid disc golf, carding a neat 20-under par on a mulligan-inspired morning at Prado.

Jacob’s 40 on the 20-hole Ice Bowl layout was go


To the winner goes the art! – (photo credit: Jacob Newey)

od enough to edge out Golden Sombrero veteran A.J. Risley (42), Nick Wright (44) and Chris “Fossil” Clements (46) in the Open/Advanced division.  Suzette Simons fired a 3-under 57 to win the Women’s Open division and hold on to 3rd place after three events in the Golden Sombrero Series.  La Mirada’s Kevin Ascheri took a 1-stroke win in the Intermediate/ Recreational division with an 1-under 49, just ahead of Kevin Shaw (50), Dan Ross (51), Rick Poynter (52) and Jeff Barber (53).  Heather Davion’s 65 was the top score in the Women’s Intermediate division and  Shalon Holiman took the Juniors division with an 87.

Once all of the cards were turned in everyone’s attention turned to the ring of fire contest, which featured several sets of ties that caused the competition to carry on and on and on….and on.  As best as can be remembered, Eric Stanley and Aubrey Daniels were among the winners.  If future TDs want all of the ring of fire winners to be remembered, they will need to not have a free keg of beer on hand.  One of the big winners in the prize raffle was Richard Garcia, who will be receiving a new Innova Discatcher Traveler basket courtesy of our friends at Disc Golf United.

Full results below:

3rd Annual Parado Ice Bowl Results – Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2016
Place Name Score Div
1 Jacob Newey 40 Open/Adv
2 A.J. Risley 42 Open/Adv
3 Nick Wright 44 Open/Adv
4 Chris “Fossill” Clements 45 Open/Adv
T5 Anthony Paolino 46 Open/Adv
Mario Figueso 46 Open/Adv
T7 Eric Stanley 48 Open/Adv
Joaquin Eniso 48 Open/Adv
T9 Aubrey Daniels 49 Open/Adv
Steve Gerald 49 Open/Adv
11 Chance Stevens 50 Open/Adv
12 Allen Risley 52 Open/Adv
T13 Manuel Nettles 53 Open/Adv
Steve”Bama” Civitak 53 Open/Adv
15 Alvin Osborne 54 Open/Adv
T16 Andrew Rivera 56 Open/Adv
Dennis Ohara 56 Open/Adv
Tyler Capen 56 Open/Adv
Victor Balta 56 Open/Adv
20 Joel Enciso 57 Open/Adv
T21 Ken Haggard 58 Open/Adv
Kerry Miller 58 Open/Adv
23 Brent Cogwell 60 Open/Adv
24 Joe McGlinchy 61 Open/Adv
25 Jorge Enciso 62 Open/Adv
Place Name Score Div
1 Kevin Ascheri 49 Int/Rec
2 Kevin Shaw 50 Int/Rec
3 Dan Ross 51 Int/Rec
4 Rick Poynter 52 Int/Rec
5 Jeff Barber 53 Int/Rec
6 Alex Casillas 56 Int/Rec
T7 Dwayne Allen 57 Int/Rec
Josh Davion 57 Int/Rec
Will Marion 57 Int/Rec
T10 Brent Highman 59 Int/Rec
Joshua Van Willigan 59 Int/Rec
12 Andy Davidge 60 Int/Rec
T13 Chad Holiman 61 Int/Rec
Robert Rosales 61 Int/Rec
15 Eric Steele 63 Int/Rec
T16 Dave Shaw 65 Int/Rec
Dino Bortoli 65 Int/Rec
18 Jake Bansheau 66 Int/Rec
T19 Alex Lowe 68 Int/Rec
Rick Garcia 68 Int/Rec
21 George Loepke 69 Int/Rec
22 Clifford Stettler 70 Int/Rec
23 Sam Guadran 71 Int/Rec
24 John Rosales 73 Int/Rec
25 Richard Ascheri DNF Int/Rec
Place Name Score Div
1 Suzette Simons 57 Women’s Open
Place Name Score Div
1 Heather Davion 65 Women’s Int
2 Maddy Mettler 77 Women’s Int
3 Melisa Hernandez 88 Women’s Int
Place Name Score Div
1 Shalon Holiman 87 Junior

Colina Park Welcomes Ice Bowlers

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


Suzette Captures the Redlands Ice Bowl!

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Bill Maury-Holmes congratulates winner Suzette Simons

Another beautiful day in sunny SoCal, the same kind that convinces folks from the Midwest that what they see on the Rose Bowl broadcast must be the dream. Go west young people! Clear blue skies and ample winter sun prevailed even if we thin-blooded locals thought it on the brisk side. But, hey, no wimps, no whiners…

To ring in the SoCal disc golf New Year 43 good souls partook of the 9th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl at Ford Park, flinging plastic and raising money for Redlands Family Service Association. As always it was a birdie hunt with lots of good-natured ribbing spurring players to re-putt “for the children.” Never has tin-cupping been for such a good cause.

She called it boldly in the week prior and Suzette Simons followed through with the necessary skill to win.   This again kept the coveted Redlands Ice Bowl trophy in the Inland Empire and also led to Suzette claiming her bag of oranges. Maintaining the established standard, Suzette was able to run seventeen birdies and get the ace to boot. -18s abounded as seven folks accomplished that but couldn’t match Suzette.

In the “Metal o Nada” round Greg “Cheeky” Arimura hit metal twice and took the game-within-a game.

Most significantly, we will be gratefully presenting Redlands Family Service Association with $705 for their important work. Thanks go to the City of Redlands, the Redlands Morning Kiwanis Club, Disc Golf Values, Disc Golf United and Innova Champion Disc Golf for their constant and generous support. See you Saturday the 7th of January in 2017!

Bill, Samuel and Joel Maury-Holmes, Co-Tournament Directors

Results and Stats:

     Name              Score  Points
1.   Suzette Simons     -19     42
T2.  Arfan Dean         -18     35
     Joaquin Enciso     -18     35
     Jacob Newey        -18     35
     Allen Risley       -18     35
     A.J. Risley        -18     35
     Jeremiah Sander    -18     35
     Mark Verrochi      -18     35
T9.  Eric Ducharme      -17     33
     Danny Zwolenski    -17     33
T11. Joey Loepke        -16     30
     Cory Marsteller    -16     30
     Darren Mercer      -16     30
T14. Adam Aviles        -15     28
     Lance Warren       -15     28
T16. Thomas Hamblin     -14     24
     Ted Manthey        -14     24
     Chad Nichter       -14     24
     Andrew Rivera      -14     24
T20. Eric Audet         -13     22
     Steven Gerrald     -13     22
T22. Greg Arimura       -12     20
     George Loepke      -12     20
T24. James Bennett      -11     16
     Chris Horn         -11     16
     Anthony Suarez     -11     16
     Travis Tarbino     -11     16
28.  Jerry Rodriguez    -10     15
29.  Brian S.            -9     14
30.  Kevin Shaw          -8     13
31.  Joel Maury-Holmes   -7     12
T32. Brent Higham        -6     10
     Rick Walters        -6     10
T34. Jorge Enciso        -5      8
     Robert Shepherd     -5      8
T36. John Anderson       -4      5
     Greg Hanlon         -4      5
     Daniel Raya         -4      5
39.  Giovanni Aparicio   -3      4
40.  Christian Anderson   E      3
41.  Madison Mettler      6      2
42.  Kevin Beath (righty) 7      1
43.  Izaya Horn-Trevino  33      0

“Metal o Nada” Results:

  1. Greg Arimura 2 points (two hits)


  • Joaquin Enciso (Hole #6, 176’)
  • Suzette Simons (Hole #6, 176’)
  • Andrew Rivera (Hole #3, 110’)
  • Jerry Rodriguez (Hole #9, 221’)

High Temperature: Average of 54 degrees. As we started it was 40 degrees but it quickly warmed up and reached a high of 65 degrees as we concluded.

Precipitation: As is most common for us, absolutely none whatsoever.

Resources donated to Redlands Family Service Association: $705

9th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl field

9th Annual Redlands Ice Bowl field