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.


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
4-Santa Cruz-SC
5-Oak Grove-OG
6-Redwood Empire-RE
7-San Diego-SD

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



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

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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.

Spring Fling 2015 - Snapper's Wrap Up

This year’s Spring Fling was a very smooth running event. Staff had all the scorecards, tourney boards and prize packages completed and ready well before the event even began. The course was arguably in the best shape ever with the Jacaranda’s in full bloom and the grass bright green from the recent and much needed rains. We had a full field of 95 amateur players spanning 7 different competitive categories. This was our first year as a Dynamic Distribution primary sponsored event. They provided each of the players with a Lucid Escape in their player packages. They also donated other discs, shirts and cozies as prizes for the players. We still had our other usual sponsors of Innova, Discraft, Gateway, Legacy, Millennium, Vibram and MVP. Each of the players received a shirt, disc, coozie, deck of cards and 2 mini’s in their player packages . They also got lunch (Pizza, salad and drink) and entry to the huge free drawing where we gave away over $600 in donated items from the disc manufactures. For the first year their greens fees were also included in their entry. Each player competed for two rounds on a rare closed course. Full results are available on PDGA.com/events. In the premiere category of Advanced amateur long time local Jonathon Maki lead from start to finish winning by a convincing 4 strokes over top contenders Carlos Caballero, Jet Tydingco and much traveled Brandon Langston. For his efforts Jonathan won a Discraft Chainstar basket valued at $375. Over $4500 in prizes were awarded to over 40% of the field in this event. Additionally, plaques or framed certificates were awarded to the top two players in each category. Among the prizes were 2 Chainstar baskets, a Dynamic Distribution basket, an Innova Skillshot basket, 4 Ranger bags and a host of other disc golf paraphernalia. Each of the players also had a chance to win a Skillshot basket in the ring of fire during the lunch break for a $1 fee. James Barnes was our basket winner.

The Intermediate and Recreational divisions were won by the brothers Chris Dilloway and Andy Dilloway. Women’s and Masters were won by the expecting couple of Allie Robles and Chet Morse. Grandmasters was won by another long time local Christian Cullen. Finally, our Junior category was won by Beck Russel. On another note we had a rare occurrence of one player, Noel Sanchez shooting the worst in his category (+6) in the first round followed by shooting the tournament best (-9) in the second round. His round was highlighted by a 100’ sidearm skip deuce thru the double mandatory on long 11. Booyea! In front of the tourney director no less. What a turnaround.

I’d like to thank all our sponsors and all the staff Mac, Eric, Oscar, Jesse, Joanne, EJ and all the regular shop and outside staff members for the usual outstanding efforts. Till next year… Z ya!