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published on 02/07/2007

2007 Ice Bowl

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The “2007 ICE BOWL” Disc (Frisbee) Golf fund raising event will be held in Chattanooga on Saturday, February 10th at the “Sinks” Disc Golf Course located on N. Access road across from the Old DuPont plant. Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00. The entry fee is $20. for beginners up to $40. for pros, this includes a player’s package with a commemorative disc, a Ice-Bowl T-shirt, and much more. Lunch will be provided by Lupi’s Pizza with a nominal donation to the VORP organization. All players are welcome regardless of ability. Everyone will have a chance to win a prize. There will also be closest-to-the pin contests to win a basket and additional prizes with all the proceeds going to VORP.

This years Disc Ice Bowl is part of the “RC Cola – Moon Pies Series” consisting of 4 tournaments in 2007; two fund raising events and two Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned events. Last year Chattanooga’s Inaugural Ice Bowl was the largest first time event in Ice Bowl history raising over $2300.00 for VORP, a local teen intervention organization helping teens learn from their mistakes and giving them a second chance.

The country’s first Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament was held in Columbia Missouri in 1987. It was subsequently promoted as a day of disc golf solidarity in the gloom of winter by Disc Golf World News, the sport’s leading disc golf magazine, which is published in Kansas City. Official Ice Bowls are played at courses all over the United States, and in Canada and Europe in a corridor that runs this year from January 8-February 20. Currently over 200 Ice Bowl tournaments are scheduled in the 50 states. Each event is encouraged to find a local to support. The Ice Bowl goal for 2007 is to raise over $154,000 worldwide. In 2006, over $140,000 was raised. Last year’s leading fundraiser was the St Cloud Minnesota Disc Golf Club who raised $16,000 for the Carita Food Shelf. The worst weather Ice Bowl was in Edgecomb, Maine where there was 12 inches of snow on the ground with a temperature hovering near 0°. According to Ice Bowl director, Scott Homberg, "This is a fun event and will grow into one of the most popular tournaments we have here in Chattanooga. For those who’ve been thinking about checking out disc golf, the Ice Bowl is good place to start because the emphasis is on fun and rather than pure competition."

The rules of the Ice Bowl are simple: 1) Under no circumstances can an Ice Bowl be postponed or cancelled; 2) No wimps or whiners are allowed; and 3) There are no excuses for not attending. (Either be there or be a wimp!) Disc golf is similar to golf (disc golfers often call it "ball" or "stick" golf) in procedure, pace, and psychology. Instead of clubs and balls, disc golfers used golf discs (smaller, heavier, and aerodynamically superior to the Frisbees used for playing catch). Instead of a cup,, disc golfers "hole out" in a disc golf basket or target. Made of steel, it features a basket that is attached to a pole about two feet above the ground and has two chain assemblies above the basket which acts as a backboard that stops the disc’s forward motion, causing it to drop into the basket. Disc golfers play the throw from where it lies, and count each throw until the disc lands in the basket or within the chains. Disc golf is a lot of fun, quite challenging and relatively inexpensive to play. In 2006 Chattanooga hosted over 400 Disc Golfer to it’s four featured events bring the best golfers from Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham and Chattanooga to test their skills against a World Class course. The non-profit Chattanooga Flying Disc Club organizes recreational play all year long, with youth clinics, teen tournaments and fund raising events for local charities.

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