In The News

Homegrown Talent: Max Nichols

Max is a true San Diego disc golf success story. Max grew up in a disc golf family with his dad Jeff Nichols and brother Alex Nichols. Morley-ites from the day have seen this talented little kid around the course grow into a rising star in the disc golf world. This well produced video created by Max and AJ Risley give a glimpse into what it takes to go pro. MANY talk of future success, Max is earning and OWNING his success.

Disc Golf Beeper

Pretty interning idea. From their website...

Disc Beeper is an electronic device that is centrally placed underneath a Disc or Frisbee that allows players to easily find their Disc or Frisbee especially during the sport "Disc Golf."

This device only weighs 6 grams and shows absolutely no noticeable effect on disc flight.

Disc Beeper also has a waterproof design. It has 3 distinct modes that allows up to 3 players to play at once. Disc Beeper has a push-button to turn it on requiring 550 grams of force to engage. Once the Disc Beeper is turned on, there is a 45 second delay to allow launch and attempted retrieval, allowing the user to throw it and will beep every 3 seconds until you turn it off.

Disc Beeper is rechargeable via included micro usb cord. It holds up to 7-8 hours under 1 charge of 1 hour.

This post is for information only. Product not available in stores or proshop.

(thanks to Ian Funston for the lead)

New PDGA Rule Changes: Holing Out (803.13)

HOLING OUT: 803.13Starting in 2011, a player will not have to remove the disc to complete the process of holing out which was required under current rules. Once the group has decided the disc has come to rest, the player has holed out.

Several target related terms have been officially defined and added to the Definitions section 800 in support of the Holing Out rule. Definitions for Basket Target, Tray, Chains, Chain Support and Pole have been added.

Groups will now be responsible to make judgment calls on how discs enter the basket. Discs that attempt to enter or actually get all the way into the chains or basket thru the top of the chain support or thru the side or bottom of the basket now will not count if the group or official sees that happen. This means wedgies, most which wedge from the outside, now will not count unless it was a blind shot where no one saw how the disc wedged. Putts that are observed to properly enter the basket from above the rim and then wedge trying to get out will count as holed out like before.

These changes for holing out mean calls for the “putting tree” photo shown below that was in the Rules School story on Interference need to be updated. Under the old rules, only the yellow disc would not have been considered holed out when the player removed it. Under 2011 rules, the white and red discs are holed out (IN). The yellow disc as before and the orange disc hanging on the nub outside the basket are NOT IN. The orange disc balancing on the rim, which used to be considered IN, is now considered OUT in the 2011 rules because the disc is not entirely supported by the pole, inner wall or bottom of the basket. The orange wedgie is now NOT IN if the group observed it wedge from the outside. If the group did not see it or watched it clear the top basket wire then wedge on the way out, it is IN.

More rule changes here.

Morley Locals Crush SoCal Championships

Congratulations to Angel Garcia, Morley local and Pro Shop employee for winning the advanced division of the 2010 SoCal Championship Series at La Mirada this past weekend. Morley swept the division with the top four places with great rounds by Daniel Litchman, Alex Nichols and Max Nichols.

PDGA Scoring

Scores in order :

Name Score Total
Angel Garcia -16 149
Daniel Lichtman -14 151
Alexander Nichols -13 152
Maxwell Nichols -13 152
Adazm Nash -7 158
Carl Renda -7 158
Benjamin Rutherford -6 159
Evan Taylor -6 159
Luke Christensen -6 159
Benjamin Farris -5 160
Joshua Damron -5 160
Rhett Stroh -5 160
Josh Marsh -3 162
Aj Risley -3 162
Spence Stevens E 165
Dale Chambless E 168
Eric Simmons 1 166
Brendan Sage 2 170
Danny Zwolenski 7 172
Joshua Hesser 9 177
Mark Hawking 10 178
Mike Henry 16 184
Brian Dowling 18 186
Amber Ivy 26 194
Laurie Stroh 29 197
Robert Martin 29 197
Mark Wilson 29 197
Michelle Chambless 30 198
E.j. Simmons 30 198
Natalie Cook 37 205
Sofia Martin 54 222
Rita Nash 60 228

Morley Local Evan Taylor Runs For PDGA Board

Evan Taylor, a longtime favorite of  Morley Field locals has placed his name in the running to become the 2011 Southern California PDGA State Coordinator. Along with becoming one of the top players in his division over the past few years, Evan has played a huge part in the Disc Golf community in SoCal volunteering  his time to tournaments and clubs in the Los Angeles area and when he can, San Diego. Evan goes to school and works in the Fullerton area but his home is in San Diego where his family resides in Bonita. If you have had the opportunity to play a round or two with Evan you know behind his mild-mannered demeanor is a disc golfer with a great passion for the sport (and people in general). Look for Evan next time you’re at Morley, LaMirada, Huntington, Long Beach etc.. and chat it up with him. Even better ask around and you’ll hear nothing but good things about Evan Taylor.

Good luck Evan! PDGA members… get out and vote!

Evan's Facebook Evan's Morley Player Profile

Who Really Is Number One?

It seems the more you play Morley the more people you'll meet from out of town. Thats part of the fun of the sport, meeting new players from S.D. and abroad. If you listen close enough you'll hear almost every single person inform you that "their" course was one of (if not THE) first course built in the US. If this writer had a dollar for everytime he has heard this he would have more than enough for private disc golf lessons from Micah (or maybe Feldberg). "mycoursewasfirstitis" seems to be contagious. If you are traveling away from San Diego, ba careful, you might catch it. btw... Morley IS one of the first courses built in the U.S. (lol) On that note here is an article for the new course in Thousand Oaks, CA. claiming their stake.

note - played "Rabbit Flats" 5/29/10. Small course surrounding a large hill. churned up dirt clods and dry weeds (for now). Short holes/multiple baskets. Very nice tee pads/benches. Well thought out for what land they had to work with (9 acres). If you like to play Montiel, you might like this. Will be better with upcoming landscaping. Not worth the drive from S.D. but worth checking out if you are in the area.

Move Over Disc Golf. Pole Dancing In The Olympics?

That's right... Olympic Pole Dancing! A petition is circulating for a test event at the 2012 Olympics in London for Competitive Pole Dancing., with a formal event following at the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. While the pole dance competition would obviously exclude stripping, it would "embrace the athleticism and gymnastics" involved with the "sport".

It could happen: 1900 Paris Games hosted Pidgeon Racing AND a Pidgeon Shooting event (hopefully separate events) 1900 - 1920 Tug-of-War was an Olympic event 1932 Los Angeles games held Rope Climbing

Whats next?: Pinball?, Typing?, Tire Swinging?, Guitar Hero?, Limbo?, 1m Belly Flop (actually, that would be cool!)

Disc golf (and ultimate) were in the World Games in Japan in 2001, Unfortunately, disc golf did not make the 2005 games, and only ultimate represented flying disc sports in 2009. Because disc golf is no longer represented within WFDF, it’s unlikely that disc golf will make it back to the World Games, which at one time, was thought of as a way into the Olympics.

What is Disc Golf doing wrong that puts us lower on the list than Pole Dancing? (trying to limit all the bad puns, jokes, etc...). O.K., yes, the majority of Disc Golfers out there are "fans" of both "sports", we get it!