Snapper's Wrap Up - 2017 Course Championship

This Course Championship was unexpectedly the largest in our 41 year history. With 30 players entering in the last couple days there were 91 total entrants this year. Out enjoying the perfect weather on a closed course were 37 Open players, 6 women and 48 amateurs. As we’ve done the last couple of years we offered the players three totally different layouts in this event. First round was a normal, medium difficultly layout. Second round is always talked about all year as everything is long. We even play long pads on 8,9 and 17. Several pin placements are only used for this specific event as they are too dangerous for the general public to play on. The third round is all short. Easiest course we can put up. To give you an example of the difference many players shot 15 or more strokes better in the third round than the second. One old seasoned veteran Dan Shorkey improved 23 strokes in his third round over his second round. 

Our open winner was no surprise. Seppo Paju staying here in San Diego while visiting his girlfriends parents had just finished his pro tour for this year. He is a 1027 rated player from Finland and finished 6th in the USDGC this year to end his season on very high note. Our locals gave him a good run for his money with perennial second place finisher (14 times) Carlo Pelg only one stroke behind before going into the final nine. Seppo wowed the crowd of approximately 100 spectators when he chose to throw a 100 foot high “staker” over the tops of the trees on hole two and tombstoned into the ground just a few feet short of the pin to the roar of the crowd. Last year’s course champion Carlos Caballero finished a very solid third with this year’s shop representative Clint Calvin rounding out the top four in the final nine. Clint also gave the crowd a thrill by drilling a 100 foot jump putt downhill on hole three for a birdie. Also notable was Carlo Pelg’s deuce on long 6 on the hillside next to Jacaranda Dr. (don’t look for this pin position on the tee sign) and Seppo’s drop in deuce on long 16 (talk about a horken hyser).  

The women’s division also had a very close contest with reigning course champion Rianne Hamilton pulling away with a -3 in the third round to win for the second year in a row. Second this year was Allie Robles (I hear she’s due in March) with third going to Kimmy Cottrell.

The Am division was also highly contested with Travis Thomas playing a very steady game to pull out a three stroke victory over the ever smiling Willie Grenis. Willie shot an Am division best -10 in the third round to jump over Quinn Henry and Hunter Mannix who finished third and fourth respectively.

The top finishing Master aged individual was Carlo Pelg and the top finishing Grandmaster aged player was Ed Speakman. Both players received automatic invitations to the upcoming Team Tourney for their excellent play in their age division.

This tourney was sponsored this year by Sean Powell and flydisc.com. Sean gave all the winners a one of a kind custom disc with the tourney artwork He also gave out 8 coupons for designing your own custom disc to the winner of each category, plus the top three open players, the grandmaster winner and the Master winner. This is a very cool website where you upload your own custom artwork and create a one of a kind disc for yourself.

Other sponsors were George Spraklen’s custom wood trophies and Amplified Aleworks provided the players with salad to go with their pizza for lunch.

The full results and payouts are found elsewhere here on the website. CLICK HERE

As usual a big thanks goes out to all my staff for all their hard work as well to my wife, Mac (for the last 30+years), Charlie Grenis, Woody and Greg Olsen. 
Till next year,
Z ya…

2017 Southwestern Disc Golf Invitational (Team Tournament) Info

Host Hotel:

Best Western Seven Seas in Mission Valley (1-800-328-1618) at $74 a night per room for two doubles or one queen. We have 25 rooms on hold for tournament players until November 27th so make sure to book your room before then. Let them know your are with the "Team Tournament".

Teams:

The team makeup will remain the same as last year with 5 open, 4 masters, 2 grands and one woman.

  1. Oregon
  2. Santa Cruz
  3. Arizona
  4. Sylmar
  5. Huntington Beach
  6. Redwood Empire
  7. Oak Grove
  8. San Diego

Changes from previous years:

Changed the playing formula so all the teams play their traveling partner in the 5th round (3 p.m. on Saturday) so that play just continues on no need to come in and reorganize and go back out.

Click here for event page which will be updated with results.

Morley Field Baskets for Sale! Own Disc Golf History

Morley Field Disc Golf Course in San Diego just installed new baskets and we want the baskets that were replaced to find a new home where they will be used and appreciated. Auctions start July 19th @ 7PM PST. Four baskets will be auctioned off each week until they all have new homes!

These baskets are part of disc golf history!

  • 2 - WFDF World Championships
  • WFDF California State Championship
  • 31 Years of Team Tournament Play (Southwestern Team Disc Golf Invitational) that brings out some of the best players on the West Coast.
  • Originally installed in 1985
  • Some players that have banged these chains: Paul McBeth, Ricky Wysocki, Nate Doss, Valerie Jenkins, Catrina Allen, Juliana Korver, Philo Brathwaite, Ken Jarvis, Micah Dorius, Carlo Pelg, Snapper Pierson and so many more!

Important notes about sale:

  • Baskets are local pickup only
  • Each auction is for one basket
  • The basket number listed in the auction title represents its hole location at the time it was replaced
  • The Morley Field Disc Golf basket flag that indicates the hole number IS included with the sale
  • The picture(s) used may not represent the current condition of the basket and it is your responsibility to inspect it in person at Morley Field Disc Golf Course before placing your bid.
  • The picture(s) used may be of a DIFFERENT basket number than the one for sale in the auction. Please refer to the auction title for clarity on which basket that you are bidding on.
  • Baskets are designed for permanent installation and do not have a self supporting base. Sleeve included. Please contact for questions on installation.

First Four Baskets Available Now

Snapper's Wrap Up - 2017 Spring Fling

This tourney is a PDGA “B” tier event held once a year offering 7 different age or skill level Amateur categories. The tourney is played on a closed course and included lunch, free drawing and a “mondo” contest where all the players get a single putt for a free portable basket. Trophy plaques, framed certificates and prizes are earned by the top 40% of each category. 

This year’s Spring Fling was run a little later in the year than usual which allowed us to play under the fully blooming Jacaranda’s. The morning dawned with June gloom dampening the course before play began but fortunately it was dry by mid morning. The afternoon round actually saw some sun and a little wind came up as well.

Play was closely contested in each category. Smiling Willie Grenis’s steady putting style won the day in the Advanced division. Willie shot a -7 in the first round which gave him a tourney best 1009 player rating. Willie followed that up with -6 on the shorter and easier second round course to win by 2 strokes over his daily playing mate Drake Avila. 

The intermediate division saw local Hugo Lopez stepping back a division to dominate by two strokes over Darren Ziegler and a field of 21 players. 

The Recreational division was our largest at 23 players and our most hotly contested division ending in a sudden death  play off lasting over 30 minutes and eventually being won by Eric Eller over stalwart Numer Licardo.

The Am Masters for men over 40 was won by long time competitor Mike Lamb over first round leader Tommy Tom Millard. 

The Am Grandmaster division played by men over 50 was won by Hans Degner. This was Hans’s first “B” tier PDGA victory. Hans won over the most tenured player in the event Allen Risley. This was Allen’s third heart breaking 2nd place finish in this event. 

The Juniors category also ended in a tie with Xaelen Nash prevailing over his good buddy and neighbor in the playoff  Kai  Barrios. 

Finally, in the Womens category pre tourney favorite local Allie Robles won over newcomer Charlotte Towle by a comfortable 4 strokes. Allie also won the Women’s CTP in the first round on hole 8 sponsored by Madden Construction. 

Of special note Jay Welchans had the only ace in the tourney. He bagged hole 3 in the second round. Bobby Martin and Mike Ballestas had the best second round scores in the tourney at -8 which was rated with a 975 player rating. Ever happy Don Burdette won the Men’s division CTP.

The entire event ran relatively smoothly and on time. This year’s sponsors Innova Champion Discs, Dynamic Distribution, Discraft Discs, Gateway Discs, Legacy Discs, and MVP Discs donated discs and clothing items for the free drawing and some of the player prize packages. Hole sponsor’s Mark Madden from Madden Construction Co, Timothy Simons of Nitro Monkey Coffee, and Alex Pierson from Amplified Ale Works were hole sponsors.
All are to be thanked for their generous donations for this event.

As always I have to thank my staff: All the guys (and gal) in the shop as well as Mac, Eric, EJ, Jesse, Clint, Charlie, Oscar, Joanne and Chris Parker for their help setting up and running this event. This makes 39 years running that Mac has been assisting me here with events…yikes.

Everyone in the shop was really happy for Willy’s victory as he truly represents “the most fun wins” attitude.

Till next year,
Z ya

2016 Southwestern Team Disc Golf Invitational - Wrap Up

Well it finally happened. San Diego after 36 years of hosting the annual Team Tourney could not rely on local knowledge to give them an edge. The absence of two mainstays Micah and D2 was too much to overcome and San Diego ignominiously fell to last place having never earned more than 5 points in any 12 point match. They were flushed in round 7 by perennially last place Oak Grove team in what was euphemistically referred to as the Toilet Bowl. But teams came into the match at 0-6. Oak Grove prevailed 7-5.

The real story this year was the amazing performance of Team Oregon. Having been absent from this event for the past 6 years they came with Team Nate (Nate Sexton and Nate Doss) on the top end and current PDGA Women’s World Champion Valerie Jenkins anchoring the very talented team on the back end. Their whole team showed up for the putting contest on Friday and #1 Grandmaster Mike Ward took down first place ($100) in an extended and thrilling contest. Then they unanimously won the “Spirit of the Event” award (6 discs each plus a Dryfit from Dude Apparel). Then Jim Tobish one of their Masters won the individual “Spirit” award (Black Hole practice from MVP) and finally they also won the event ($250 plus 5 discs each) over Santa Cruz ($120 plus 4 discs each) 6.5-5.5. It came down to the last hole of the last players still playing where Val deuced and Sarah Hokom scored par.
Amazing…had they tied that match Santa Cruz was ahead on points that round and would have taken the title. 
No team has ever won everything the tourney has to offer before. Kudo’s to team captain Magilla for putting together such a talented and fun loving group.

Overall the tourney ran smooth. The change of allowing the players to stay out on the course after the 4th round and continuing on with their 5th match made a huge difference and allowed virtually all teams to finish before dark. The “all you can eat” lunch provided again this year by my son’s restaurant Amplified Ale Works in PB was much approved by the ravenous players. 

Next year San Diego has several motivated individuals moving up an age category. That with a little extra recruitment from the North County talent pool could hopefully help us become competitive again.

Many thanks to this year’s sponsors Innova, Dynamic Distribution, Discraft, MVP, Legacy, Millennium, Gateway, San Diego Hydroponics, Hamilton’s bar, and NP Trophy. The staff in the shop Mitch, Tyler and Tommy put together much of the paper prep. The much enlarged “day of” tourney staff Mac, Eric, EJ, Chris, Jesse, Charlie, Willie, Oscar, Mikey B., Jeff N., Chef Aaron and Joanne made for a far less stressful event when challenges arose. It is with deep appreciation I give my heartfelt thanks to all who made this year’s Team Tourney one of the best in recent memory.

Till next year…
Z ya

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2016 Course Championship Results and Wrap Up

We had perfect conditions for this year’s event. Light winds and warm days made for some hot scores. Eventual Open winner Carlos Caballero shot a personal best -14 in the first round. He followed that with a solid -2 on the long and treacherous 2nd round course and finished with a -12 on the third round short layout. Going into the finals he had a five stroke lead and all but ended the drama on the first hole by being the only member of the final four to birdie. Not content to sit on his laurels he continued to birdie the first 5 holes in a row finishing with a -7 in the final nine and a very respectable -35 for the tourney. He received $500 and a custom George Spracklen trophy for his wire to wire leading performance. Micah Dorius, many time course champion took fourth overall but was the highest finishing master player and won the $100 bonus. Mike Slonim finishing one stroke behind Micah won the grandmaster bonus of $100. Jet and Max Nichols had a great battle for second place culminating on the very last hole when Max bogeyed and Jet deuced to gain second place.

This year’s Course Championships payouts were the highest in history thanks to an additional $500 sponsorship for this tourney by San Diego Hydro

The amateur division had a lot of drama and a different leader after each round. Tadas Mikuzis had a hot -9 in the first round to lead. Carlo Portacio had the smoking -2 on the long course to take over the lead after the second round. But Ozzie Fausto shot a -10 in the third round to secure the win this year. He won $250 worth of prizes including a Dynamic Distribution Ranger Bag filled with discs and a custom wooden trophy. Ozzie also earned the right to play in the grinder on Saturday November 12 at 9:00 for the last Open spot on the San Diego Team.  

The women’s division saw another wire to wire winner with Rianne Hamilton finishing with a women’s tournament best -2 in the third round for an 8 stroke victory over second place finisher Pam Vaughn. Michelle Chambless took third. All the women were amateurs and as such received prizes for their winning efforts. Rianne also received a custom wooden trophy for her first ever Women’s victory.

This event is always played out on a closed course which allows for us to put up the incredibly difficult second round course that includes the three long pads and several extended pin positions not scene in any other tourney throughout the year. In addition this year’s 67 players all received a commemorative T-shirt and Pizza and salad lunch as part of the tourney experience.

-Snapper

2016 San Diego Team Tournament Info

Host Hotel

Clarion Hotel in National City (7 minutes drive time) is our official hotel for this year our 35th annual. We've reserved 20 rooms (17 double double 3 King) at $81 per night but that includes hot breakfast Saturday and Sunday. I've asked them to open breakfast early at 6:30 since we have a 8:00 a.m. tee off both days.

Team Info

1-Huntington Beach-HB
2-Sylmar-SM
3-Arizona-AZ
4-Santa Cruz-SC
5-Oak Grove-OG
6-Redwood Empire-RE
7-San Diego-SD
8-Oregon-OR

The team makeup is the same as last year: 5 open, 4 masters, 2 grands and one woman.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TEAM ROSTERS

Scorecard/Schedule

The schedule otherwise will remain the same as in the past. We will have our $300 putting contest on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Finals at 4 p.m.

Huntington Beach and Arizona will be responsible for scorecards in the first 4 rounds. Then Huntington Beach and Oak Grove will be responsible for scorecards for the rest of the tourney.

After lunch on Saturday we will send out cards with Huntington Beach, Arizona and Oak Grove. There will be no break after round 4 at 3 p.m. We will go directly into round 5. 4 teams will go back and play the same 12 holes they just finished Oak Grove, Santa Cruz, Arizona and Redwood Empire. The other 4 teams continue on their same progression thru the course. The reason for no break is the course this year plays a little tougher than in the past due to lots of tree and bush growth tightening up routes along with several new pin positions. Play will likely be slower than in the past. I will give each captain 12 hole assignment sheets. One for each of your 1 thru 12 players so there will be no reason to get lost or wonder what hole you start on just follow the instructions. Just make sure the right numbered sheet gets to the corresponding player. Sheet 1 to player 1 and sheet 12 to player 12 (this addition is probably long over due).

On Sunday, "Spirit of the Event" award will proceed finals. Free drawing will follow finals before awards.

Updated Scorecard

2016 San Diego Team Qualifications

Prerequisites for making San Diego Team for 2016 Team Tourney. Any of the following qualifications will make a player eligible for team play:

Open Division (5 players)

  • Have a 1000+ player rating or above
  • Finish in the top three Open players in the 2016 Course Championship
  • Win two Open division Morley Monthlies in the current year having shot a two round cumulative round of -20 or better.
  • Win three Open division Morley Monthlies in the current year.
  • Win an Open position in the year end grinder competition. Winner of the Course Championship Amateur is qualified for grinder play. All other competitors must be San Diego County based open division players only.

Masters Division (4 players)

  • Have a player rating of 980+
  • Finish the top Masters age player in the course championship
  • Win a PDGA A tier event in the Pro Masters division the current year
  • Win 2 B tier PDGA events in the Masters division in the current year
  • Win a Masters position in the year end grinder competition

Grandmaster Division (2 players)

  • Have a player rating of 960+
  • Win an A tier PDGA event in the Pro GM in the current year
  • Win a GM position in the year end grinder.

Women’s Division (1 player)

  • Winner of the current years course championship if not a PDGA Women’s pro player will receive highest consideration and will be eligible to compete against selected PDGA Women’s Pro candidates. 
  • This division is the most problematic to pick a candidate since we have so few women competing. Any interested women should make their desires known to anyone in the pro shop and we will try to arrange a Women’s grinder if necessary.

Snapper's Wrap Up - 2016 Spring Fling

The Spring Fling is a “B” tier PDGA qualifier tourney for the Am Worlds to be held in Michigan this year. Players here competed in one of seven different divisions delineated by either age or player rating. The highest division contested was the Advanced Division.

This year's all amateur bash was won by three time Advanced champion Jonathon Maki. His dad John Maki made it a family affair by winning the Grandmaster (men over 50) division. Traveling veteran Pam Vaughn won the women’s division. Drake Avila shooting a tournament best -8 (player rating 990) in the first round held on to win the Intermediates. The ever steady Patrick Franklin won the Recreational division by a stroke. The Am Masters (men over 40) was won by local Mike Lamb. And the amazing nine year old Xalen Nash crushed the junior division by 22 strokes.

This event is one of only three tournaments each year here at Morley played on a closed course. This event which included lunch provided by Amplified Ale and Beer Gardens was a great improvement based on player comments over the anticipated Costco pizza usually served at this event.

The player package also included a tourney T-shirt (artwork by Chris Dilloway) and two mini’s as well as entry to the free drawing where over 60 items (hats, shirts, bags etc.) were given away to entrants who remained after the end of play and before awards.

The tourney was played on two entirely different layouts with all holes being changed between rounds while the players ate lunch. At least 40% of all divisions won prizes including two portable Discraft Chain Star baskets, two Latitude Luxury E3 Disc Golf bags and a Dynamic Disc Ranger Disc Golf Bag all as first place prizes in various divisions.

Prizes were donated by the Morley Field Disc Golf Pro Shop, Innova Disc Golf, Discraft, Dynamic Distribution, MVP discs, Gateway Discs, and Legacy Discs.

There were two aces in the tourney Clint Calvin aced hole 13 and Michael Sheridan hole 16 in the first round. 

This year we had a different entry arrangement. Capitulating to modern efficiencies we had online entries available for 60 potential entrants on DGU. These went fast. We held back 35 entries that had to be filled in by hand and turned into the shop. These lasted two weeks before filling. Allowing all those individuals who are local but not necessarily aware that SoCal tourneys with online registration usually fill within a few days a chance to still get into the tournament. I think the system worked fine we’ll do it again next year in a similar fashion.

I’d like to thank all the sponsors and staff: Mac, Eric, EJ, Joanne, Alex and Oscar. Also all the shop staff: Tyler, Mitch, Tom, Chris, Chris again, Garrett, Jesse, Chet, Wic and Mike.

Till next year… Z ya

View Full Results and Pictures of the Winners

Remembering Donny Olow

A memorial was held on Saturday, March 26th to honor and celebrate the memory of Donny Olow, a beloved member of the Morley Field family. There were nearly 50 people present for the memorial ceremonies which ranged from open mic Donny stories at the picnic area, to the planting of a memorial tree on hole three in his name, and the dedication of his bench next to men's bathroom where he always sat greeting people and selling aces bag tags.

Donny's brother and sister sitting on his memorial bench.

Donny's brother and sister sitting on his memorial bench.

See more pics on the Donny Olow Memorial Facebook page.

Snapper's Wrap Up - 2015 Southwester Team Disc Golf Invitational

This year’s team tourney ran smooth as silk right on time and the weather cooperated perfectly. Several dozen people showed up on Friday before the tourney putting contest to get autographs from some of the disc golf luminaries. They weren’t disappointed.

This year’s tourney saw the return of 4 time world champion Paul McBeth  after a 4 year hiatus from this event. He led the Huntington Beach team to their second win ever in the 35 year history of this event held each year the first weekend in December here at Morley. McBeast punctuated their victory by throwing and ace on hole 13 in the finals while throttling the Steve Rico lead team from Sylmar. 

Sylmar won the prelims 6-1 beating Huntington Beach 7.5-4.5. Huntington Beach after a slow start won both their Sunday morning matches and secured the second seed with a 5-2 record going into the finals. They then carried their momentum into the finals beating Sylmar 9.5-2.5. 

Team San Diego had an off year. Several long time members were unable to play this year and the team had its’ worst showing ever. Finishing next to last in the eight team event with a 2-5 record in the prelims. On a positive note for team San Diego rookie member Jonathan Maki, Am winner of the Spring Fling and long time team pro member Mike Slonim both had a marvelous 5-1-1 record to lead the beleaguered locals.

This event is a marathon of disc golf on Saturday with each player playing 5 matches and completing 60 competitive holes between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Lunch is provided at the noon break each year by Amplified Aleworks formerly known as Cali Kebab. Players nosh on chicken, lamb, pita bread and falafels along with salad while recounting the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s of their morning matches.

Innova Champion, Discraft, Dynamic  Distribution, Gateway, Legacy and Millennium again donated discs and free drawing swag for the players. The winning team gets $250 per player a nice custom plaque from NP Trophies and 5 discs per player. Second place gets $120 and 3 discs per player. The team captain keeps the big perpetual trophy and adds their name to the plaque. Finally, The Spirit of the Event trophy went to Team Oak Grove for the first time ever plus they received 5 discs per team member. 

Big thanks to all the staff: Mac, EJ, Jesse, My wife Joanne, Tommy, Mike, Mitch, Tyler, Chet, Garrett, Angel and of course Scooby. Special thanks to Chris Dilloway who provided the art this year and played on the team as well.

Till next year…
Z ya

Paul McBeth - Ace on Hole #13

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35 Annual Southwestern Team Disc Golf Invitational - Finals

2015 Champs - Huntington Beach

2015 Champs - Huntington Beach

2015 Runner Ups - Sylmar

2015 Runner Ups - Team Sylmar

Day One Matches

Day Two Matches

Rounds 1 thru 7 Point Totals

35th Annual 2015 Southwestern Team Disc Golf Invitational - Day One Results

Saturday Results (First 5 Matches)

Match 1

San Diego 6 - Oak Grove 6

Arizona 8 - Huntington Beach 4

Redwood Empire 5 - Santa Cruz 7

Sylmar 9 - SoCal 3

Match 2

San Diego 4 - Huntington Beach 8

Arizona 4.5 - Oak Grove 7.5

Redwood Empire 9.5 - SoCal 2.5

Sylmar 6 - Santa Cruz 6

Match 3

San Diego 3.5 - Santa Cruz 8.5

Arizona 8 - SoCal 4

Redwood Empire 4.5 - Oak Grove 7.5

Sylmar 7 - Huntington Beach 5

Match 4

San Diego 9 - SoCal 3

Arizona 7.5 - Santa Cruz 4.5

Redwood Empire 6 - Huntington Beach 6

Sylmar 5.5 - Oak Grove 6.5

Match 5

San Diego 4.5 - Sylmar 7.5

Arizona 3.5 - Redwood Empire 8.5

SoCal 2 - Huntington Beach 10

Santa Cruz 8.5 - Oak Grove 3.5

*Ties are broken by points scored in match play. See scoreboard at Tournament HQ for details.

Sunday (2 Matches then finals)

Tee off is at 8am sharp and will be preceded by a players meeting. Make sure to arrive early to find out what hole you start on.