2019 is here and the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls is back! The series opened up earlier this month as it always does – in Redlands – and will end with the traditional Sunday night San Diego Ice Bowl, this year held on the permanent layout at Mission Bay Golf Course. Once again in 2019 we will have more Ice Bowl disc golf events as part of the series than ever before. At all of these events we will be raising funds for local charities that help feed the hungry in our communities, a tradition that began over 25 years ago in Columbia, Missouri when Rick Rothstein convened a rag-tag bunch of disc golfers to play in the snow and cook a big pot of chili.
Our Golden Sombrero Series formula remains essentially the same – co-run a series of lower-cost, lower-pressure, semi-competitive, super-fun, very charitable disc golf tournaments where the TD’s have the freedom to experiment and present events the way they want. Most Golden Sombrero events make use of mulligan sales and raffles to raise money for their charities. If you’re not OK with mulligan-powered low scores, maybe you should let someone else have your tournament spot – we want to raise money for our local charities, not necessarily crown the most-skilled disc golfer on the course. And that’s OK, ‘cuz it’s lots of fun! This year, because of an increase in the number of available events, the Golden Sombrero leader standings will reflect the players with the 5-best point totals from the Golden Sombrero events. Points at the individual events are earned based on the number of players you beat, regardless of division.
This year’s series will include some new events: Martha McClean in Riverside, Chula Vista and Reidy Creek Golf Course in Escondido. And we welcome Palm Desert and Prado back to the series along with perennial favorites Ice Bowl in Paradise (Chavez Ridge), Redlands, Sky High, Murrieta, Mission Bay and many more! Watch this site for event listings and results, but keep your eyes peeled for registration pages on DGU in case our day jobs put us a bit behind on getting new events posted to the schedule.
Once we get to the end of February and all of the Ice Bowls have been played, be ready to see the 2019 Golden Sombrero Series Champion and Silver Superlatives crowned (sombrero’ed?) at the Daniel Boe Memorial tournament at Kit Carson Park in Escondido (late in March, 2019).
Many thanks to our Golden Sombrero TD’s, Innova Champion Discs, DiscGolfValues.com and you, the players, for making the Golden Sombrero Series a great success!