Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 19, 2014

Fifth annual Ice Bowl scheduled Saturday

Lana Bellamy
The Independent

ASHLAND — Disc golf enthusiasts looking for a little friendly competition can set their destination for Boyd County’s fifth annual Ice Bowl.

The tournament is set for Saturday at Armco Park, with registration at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $25, a portion of which will be donated to River Cities Harvest. All participants will receive free discs and lunch provided by Giovanni’s of Summit.

Disc golf is played with the same rules as golf, except discs are used instead of golf balls and discs are thrown into metal baskets instead of holes. Both use the same scoring.

Armco Park has two 18-hole disc golf courses designed by three-time national champion Johnny Sias.

To be a sanctioned Ice Bowl, a disc golf tournament must be during January or February and benefit a local charity.

Tim Huff, director of the Ashland-Boyd County Disc Golf Club, said the local Ice Bowl was originally the first weekend in January, but after cold weather caused problems two years in a row, he moved it to the end of February.

Three years later, Huff said the club has seen improvement in donations and attendance, with fundraising totaling more than $1,500 and more than 400 pounds of food since the event’s inception.

Weather for this weekend is expected to be fair, with high temperatures in the upper 50s, which Huff said he hopes will boost turnout.

Huff said 25 to 30 players are already signed up to play, but others can still register at discgolfscene.com or at the park on Saturday.

Food and money offerings for RCH will be taken that day for those wishing to donate.

Huff said players enter the tournament understanding the competition is not the most important aspect of the Ice Bowl.

“It is a competitive tournament for prizes, but it’s also a chance to help raise money to give food to people in need and make new friends,” he said.

And players will have plenty of opportunities to make new friends during the second round of play.

The tournament is set up for two rounds of play. In the first, players individually accumulate their own scores over 18 holes.

For the second round, those scores are compiled into matching up the best players with the worst players for teams. For each hole, both players will throw discs, but will progress through the course based on who threw their disc the best.

“It gives them a chance to even the playing field in the second round and help both strong and weak players improve their game,” Huff said.

Winners will be able to choose between prizes, which will include a variety of discs and gift cards donated by local businesses.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.