The 10th annual DISC GOLF ICE BOWL will be held Peoria on Jan. 12 at the Bradley Park Disc Golf Course in Peoria, Illinois. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. at the picnic shelter in Lower Bradley Park. The entry fee is only $40 for a two-player team and the entry fee includes a donation to the Peoria Area Food Bank. All players are welcome regardless of ability. There will also be contests for prizes (including closest-to-the-pin) with proceeds going to the Peoria Area Food Bank. Participants and members of the community who would like to make additional financial donations will be recognized at the event when the donations are presented to the Peoria Area Food Bank.
“For the last decade, the members of the Peoria Frisbee Club have looked forward to their winter tournament, the Ice Bowl. Not only does this allow us to get out and play a tournament when we normally wouldn’t even be outside, everyone is excited that this tournament raises much needed funds for our local community and the Peoria Area Food Bank.” states Timothy Wright, Ice Bowl co-director. “Disc golf is a very popular sport in the Tri-County area during the summer months and having this event every year has raised awareness of our members’ dedication to their sport and their community. The Ice Bowl is a fun tournament to participate in because Mother Nature doesn’t care if you are a veteran player or if this is the first time out – the elements can even the playing field very quickly,” says Wright.
The first disc golf Ice Bowl event was held in Columbia, Missouri in 1987 and hundreds of venues across the United States, Canada and Europe participate. In 2012, Ice Bowls raised over $275,000 and almost 60,000 pounds of food were collected worldwide. For Peoria, the goal for 2013 is to have enough participation and fund-raising to break into the Top 20 clubs that support Ice Bowl nationwide. The basis rules of the Ice Bowl are simple: 1) under no circumstances can Ice Bowl be postponed or cancelled; 2) No wimps of whiners are allowed; and 3) There are no excuses for not attending.
This weekend looks to bring a bit of rain, with temperatures expected in the upper 40’s and Wright says that’s fine with the golfers. “While I am sure most people don’t want to be outside when it’s cold or wet, we know it’s important to raise funds for a great organization all while bringing a bit of recognition to the sport we love.”
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc that is designed specifically for the sport. Disc golf was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws) and also shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. One of disc golf’s primary objectives was to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.