Flying Ice Bowl Lands in Athens
“No wimps, no whiners” is the motto of the Flying Ice Bowl, the first PDGA Ice Bowl tournament to be held in Athens, GA.
Who in their right mind would play disc golf in February, come rain, sun, or snow? Well, perhaps folks who want to raise money for a good cause without having to jump into a lake in February.
That would be the members of Athens Disc Golf, organizers of the Flying Eye Open tournament held here in Athens every October. This is the first year that ADG will be hosting an Ice Bowl, which are events held around the country at the start of each year to raise money for local charities.
“The cool thing about the Ice Bowls, besides getting to play disc golf in winter, is that PDGA members can play in a sanctioned tournament and new players can enter without having to pay a non-member fee since it’s a charity event,” says Jamey Tinch of Athens Disc Golf, organizer of the tournament. “So we’re hoping to see a good mix of old timers and newbies, and to raise some money for housing while we’re at it.”
The first Ice Bowl was organized 1987 in Columbia, Missouri. By 1996 the winter tournaments had spread around the nation and morphed into charity events raising funds to fight hunger. After the 9/11 attacks, the mission of the Ice Bowls expanded to include other charitable causes aimed at directly helping people in need.
The 2020 Flying Ice Bowl scheduled for Saturday, February 8th, is a PDGA sanctioned tournament benefitting Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable housing and no-cost home repairs to lower-income residents of Athens and surrounding areas. It is also the inaugural event for the recently expanded disc golf course at Sandy Creek Park.
“The park has added 5 new holes this year and the Flying Ice Bowl will be the first event with the new configuration,” says Tinch. “We’ll be playing in the morning, then having a lunch for the contestants and awards in the afternoon. The park will be open as usual for anyone who wants to watch. It’s a fun way for folks who’ve never seen disc golf to get introduced to the sport.”
The event will be held rain, snow, or shine, says Tinch. “Just about the only reasons to stop an Ice Bowl are tornadoes, lightning, and earthquakes. Other than that, it’s full steam ahead.”
For more information, or to sign up for the February 8th event, just click here:
Header image by Larry Jennings; Tournament image by Athens Disc Golf