On January 30 and 31, 2016 the Air Capital Disc Golf Club hosted its 26th Annual Ice Bowl, in conjunction with the world wide effort by disc golfers to raise funds for organizations whose mission it is to feed those in need. The ACDGC donation to the Kansas Food Bank this year will be $2,261.

For the second year in a row the event was held at the Salvation Army’s Camp Hiawatha. For the first time ever the ACDGC Ice Bowl included a glow event the night before the official tournament utilizing the regular 10 hole, dual tees of the Hiawatha Course.  ACDGC Vice President Jehramy Heckman ran that competition and a mini raffle. His efforts raised $200 dollars for the food bank and the raffle winners took home almost $400 dollars in prizes, including a golf bag valued at $200.

On Sunday 67 players paid to compete for two rounds on a 20-hole, temporary disc golf hole 5course set up utilizing 7 of the permanent baskets and 13 portables with more than half the holes winding through wooded terrain adjacent to the Little Arkansas River.

Ten dollars of each entry fee went directly towards the food bank donation, totaling $670. Mulligan/Raffle tickets were sold to raise an additional $1,101 dollars. Additional donations totaled $290.00. One change from previous years regarding mulligans was that while there were no limits

to the number of mulligan/raffle tickets that could be purchased we did limit the use of mulligans to 18 per round. The winners of the primary raffle on Sunday took home almost $600 in prizes, including a Glow Chains practice basket valued at $240 and a $100 dollar golf bag.

hole 16The weather was relatively mild throughout most of the day, but temperatures did begin to drop fairly rapidly in the late afternoon and the wind picked up a little. Still, it was more of a nice bowl this year than an ice bowl.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and I really appreciate everyone who came out to play and those who brought food for the pot luck lunch. However, attendance was down from the most recent years and as many of the “regulars” we have seen in the past were unable to make it. Unfortunately, many of them were ones who could always be counted on to bring hot dishes (usually chili) and we did run a bit short on food this year.

We were also a bit short handed on help this year but Jehramy, Ben Nispel and Dax Dendurent worked hard to get all the baskets set up and paint on the ground at the temporary tees. Chris “Duck” Dendurent was on hand helping too and Ducks Flying Disc fly-mart was set up on site providing a great selection of discs for the Amateur prize payouts.

A special thank you also to Mike Schoenhofer who stepped up to help me with the sign in process making it possible to get everyone on the starting tees on time. Thank you Bob Decker for your generous contributions and for printing up the scorecards for us. And, thanks to Marty Hunt who made a quick run to the area KFC to pick up the fried chicken I ordered up and to Ben and Brad Kohl for helping with the scoring and awards. If I left anyone out, I’m sorry. But, know your help was greatly appreciated.

Suggestions as to what we can do to improve next year’s ACDGC Ice Bowl are always welcome. Contact me, Jerry Sherwood, at president@aircapitaldiscgolfclub.org