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Disc golf Tournament Benefit Set Here, The Jack Lake Courses

January 13, 2017

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

No wimps are allowed at the first annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl, slated next weekend, Jan. 21 and 22, at the the City of Antigo and Jack Lake Disc golf courses.

Disc golf is a fast-growing sport and Langlade County is a hub, with established courses along the city’s walking trail system north of Second Avenue and at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Jack Lake.

This tournament will be a doubles tournament with a special emphasis on participants raising funds and gathering food donations for the Antigo Community Food Pantry, Zavhary Brown, Antigo Disc Golf Club president, said. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 and donate 100 pounds of food.

According to Brown, 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 through February. Each event finds a local charity to support.

The first Disc Golf Ice Bowl was held in Columbia, Mo in 1987. It was subsequently promoted as a day of disc golf solidarity in the gloom of winter by Disc Golf World, a disc golf sales and promotion company that is located in Kansas City.

In 2016, over $357,000 was raised at 218 Ice Bowls. Last year’s leading fund-raiser was the Mile High Ice Bowl in Denver, Colo. that raised $40,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies. The coldest Ice Bowl was minus 22 degree Fahrenheit in Ottawa, Canada. The snowiest event where the players walked through or on 36 inches of snow was in Truckee, Calif. near Lake Tahoe.

The basic rules of the Ice Bowl are simple, Brown said. Under no circumstances can an Ice Bowl be postponed or cancelled. No wimps or whiners are allowed; and there are no excuses for not attending. Either be there or be a wimp.

Entry fee is $50 as well as a minimum donation of 10 non-perishable food items per team. To sign up or donate, email Brown at or see the club’s Facebook group at antigodiscgolfclub.

Disc golf is similar to golf (disc golfers often call it "ball" or "stick" or "traditional" 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. Usually made of steel, it features a basket that is attached to a pole about two feet above the ground and has 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, Brown said.

The non-profit Antigo Disc Golf Club organizes recreational play all year long at the area’s three courses. For more information, visit their Facebook event page, the Antigo Disc Golf Club Facebook page, or call Brown at 715 610-3990.

This tournament is sponsored by Hydratight, CoVantage Credit Union, Taco John’s of Antigo, Aspirus Langlade Memorial Hospital, Veterans Memorial Park and Campground, and Langlade Ford.

Other sponsors include The Refuge, Culvers of Antigo, Burger King of Antigo, and Copps Food Center of Antigo.

From left, Benjamin Brown, William Brown, Mike Barske, Zak Breitenfeldt,
Zach Brown, tournament director, Dustin Radke, and Tony Rygula
at one of the Ice Bowl disc golf holes. Angela Brown took the photo.

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