Soroptimists draw 92 to annual Ice Bowl tournament
On a grass course beaded with dew drops and playing on a 37-degree morning, 92 individuals competed in the Soroptimist Loomis Basin and Placer Food Bank sixth annual Rocklin Ice Bowl Jan. 5.
“We were hoping that it was going to be colder,” said Alan Lay of Citrus Heights while playing the second hole during his third Rocklin Ice Bowl.
Professional Disc Golf Association’s NorCal representative Jenny Knisley said only one of the participants was a woman as the date of the Ice Bowl conflicted with a Lady Monarchs tournament in Placerville.
Fifty of the attendants registered the morning of the tournament. Some came from as far away as Vacaville to play in the tournament.
“It was a really friendly bunch of people. People seemed happy to be helping,”
said Loomis Basin Soroptimist President Kaera Anzalone.
Sean Currier, who was competing in his second Ice Bowl, said he would do anything to help Soroptimist and Final 9 Sports.
“I came out just because I love playing disc golf,” he added after completing his first hole.
In disc golf, the discs range from 150-175 grams in weight with comparable golf-club names like “driver” (thinnest) all the way to” putter” (thickest). Just as in golf, the type of disc selected depends on how far the disc golfer is from the basket (goal). Each throw is counted as a stroke and the competitor with the fewest throws during a round wins.
All of the Rocklin course’s 18 holes vary in length measuring between 200-400 feet from “tee” to basket.
“This course has progressively gotten better and better,” said Lay, who has been playing the course since he started disc golfing with Knisley 20 years ago.
The course will also host the Central Valley Series finals in April.
Total funds raised Saturday exceeded $1,100. The weight of all the food collected won’t be known until next week when the Soroptimist Club delivers it to Placer County Food Bank.
“It’s a once-a-year opportunity,” said Scott Duncan, an avid disc golfer. He said the Ice Bowl allows for an additional 18 holes on his home course.
Those interested in future Ice Bowls, a national event, or Soroptimist charity events can visit icebowl.com and facebook.com/soroptimist.loomisbasin, respectively.
Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament
Spring View Park, Rocklin
Results, Jan. 5
Name Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total
Justin Liddell 51 51 102
Div: Advance Grandmaster
Phil Montes 55 55 110
Russell Allison 51 51 104
Doug Johnson 54 54 108
Jay Neels 51 52 103
RJ Jerez 44 47 91
Jim Oates 43 47 90
Div: Open Women
Nancy Shillinger 59 63 122
Jonnie Sousa 55 51 106