By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer
Friday, February 14, 2014 —
For the second year in a row, the Albemarle Disc Golf Association’s Fox Chase Ice Bowl will be accompanied by winter weather.
Organizer Bryon Carter said it is not intentional. They picked the date out for their fifth annual tournament months ago and the name Ice Bowl was actually determined by the Professional Disc Golf Association, not them.
“That’s just the way it happened,” he said.
Though the snow may fall, they will still be out there Saturday to host their tournament and raise money.
Registration will begin 8 a.m. at the pool house in Rock Creek Park. Entry fees will range from $30 to $45 depending on the event.
All proceeds will go to the Community Inn.
“That means registration fees, disc sales, everything,” Carter said.
There will be commemorative Ice Bowl discs sold to benefit the Inn as well and each participant is encouraged to bring three cans of food to donate at the event.
“It’s a great cause and a lot of fun,” Carter said.
“I hope a lot of people come out.”
They have the capacity to handle 72 players at the event, though typically they get 50-60.
“I’d love to have more, though,” Carter said.
“Really, it’s a great tournament for beginners.”
As a PDGA tournament, he said the Ice Bowl gives beginners a good feel for the sport as whole. As a charity event, it is less competitive which helps those new to the sport relax.
“I think a lot of people are afraid to try [disc golf] because they think they have to be good already,” Carter said.
“But it’s the exact opposite.”
Most disc golf tournaments, he said, feature several different levels of competition ranging from amateur to professional.
Saturday’s competition will feature three such levels: Recreational beginners, $30 entry fee, intermediate recreational players, $35, and professional players, $45.
“You can make it as easy or as challenging as you want,” Carter said.
“The people are down-to-earth, open, cool, relaxed folks and overall it’s a feel-good event.”
Carter and others give instructional sessions. There will also be mini-games going on near the pool house. Association members will serve free chili.
And, of course, there’s always snow to play in.
“Basically we tell the guys organizing this, just have fun,” Carter said.
“And that’s what we’ve always done.”
For more information, visit the Albemarle Disc Golf Association’s Facebook page.
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