Register Now for the 2019 LoCo Ice Bowl

On January 26th 2019, Franklin Park in Purcellville, VA will once again play host to the 8th annual LoCo Ice Bowl and Chili Cook-off sponsored by LoCo Disc Golf in cooperation with NOVA Disc Golf Association to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief.

Early registration for LoCo Disc Golf Club members begins on November 26th at 8AM. Registration for all opens one week later on December 3rd at 8AM.

Last year we raised over $12,000.00 for Loudoun Hunger Relief. Let’s do it again! Donate to Loudoun Hunger Relief online

Two For the Books

Thank you VERY much to all the players that came out this weekend to play the Brent Anderson Memorial (BAM), our 1st ever PDGA sanctioned event at Clark’s Run @ Freedom Center, and the 7th Annual LoCo Open @ Franklin Park!!!!!

Congratulations to the division winners for the Brent Anderson Memorial!!!

MPO – Sam Shiley (“whites” course record – 58)
FPO – Allie Stone
MP50 – Brian Junkins
MA1 – Grady Iliff
MA40 – Rick Sheridan
MA50 – John W Iliff
MA2 – Brad Hoke
MA3 – Steven Truong
FA3 – Lindsay Smoot Sullivan

Congratulations to the division winners for the 7th Annual LoCo Open!!!

MPO – Cody Bradshaw
FPO – Samantha Merritts
MP40 – Robert Marr
MP50 – Brian Junkins
MA1 – Stephen Adcock (hot “Best of” AM score – 54)
MA40 – Jorge Menjivar
MA50 – Steve Ganz
MA2 – Seth McCurdy
MA3 – Mike Sully
FA2 – Lindsay Smoot Sullivan

The final TD Reports and Event Fees have been submitted/completed for both BAM! and the LoCo Open.

Nearly a year before the event(s), we request a date and we start high-level planning. We have a few meetings about it. We discuss the logistics. We debate the details. We set goals. We negotiate on player’s pack items, food options, prizes, trophies and more. We fund-raise. We schedule meetings with park managers and land owners. We start working on event logos and designs. We work with vendors for shirts, for discs, for umbrellas. We spend endless hours making trophies. We stay up late making putter clipboards. We schedule looooooong work days for course prep. We create caddy books, we create score cards and we work with the printer. We create, manage, and update registration. We deal with finances. We print labels and we stuff players packs. We prep tee signs and we paint OB lines. We weedwacker for days. We pick up 1,000s of branches. We smoke BBQ. We make banana pudding…lots of banana pudding. We ask for help, we ask for favors and we volunteer…again, again and again.

…then we wake up the next day and we go to work (our “normal” jobs).

We…we…we… a single person just cannot do it alone. It takes a club…it takes a team. It’s really quite amazing how much work goes into running a simple 2 days worth of events. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s rewarding and we’ll do it all over again next year.

It’s impossible to list every single person that has, does and will contribute to events like this…because there truly are so many, but there are a few that simply have to be mentioned.

(and please do not take offense if you’ve not been included on this list)

John W Iliff – You do it all. You are a machine. This doesn’t exist without you. The time, the effort, the love…I cannot thank you enough.

Brian Junkins, Matt Lamberski, Mike Tomlin and John W Iliff – Thank you for your patience, your help, your guidance, your drive and your time (that we’ll never get back). Volunteering for the board is the best dumb decision you/we every made

Steve Ganz – “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” My sensei.

Jeffrey Kinman – I hope people know how much time, effort and plastic you put into this. You’re selflessness is inspiring, motivating and infectious.

Tim Lawson, Ryan Bailey, Bob Romich and Jeffrey Kinman – These courses don’t manicure themselves! I’ve heard nothing but complements and Freedom Center has never looked better. The amount of time spent on course prep for these events is intimidating…and you knocked it out of the park!

Rob Stark – The breath of fresh air. Thank you so much for being a part of this. Thank you for the support and thank you for fueling the fire and helping us remember why we do this.

Christopher Patterson – The baskets at Freedom Center never looked better! A lot of hard work went into those sponsorship decals and it’s more than you’ll ever know!

Steve Marinich (Parcel Plus) – Year after year after year…the time you spend for us and you can’t even make the events.

LoCo Disc Golf Club – Thank you for welcoming everyone into our “homes”. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for the support. That you for making this all so so worth it. We love you.

I’ll send the calendar invite out in a few weeks and we can start planning for 2019.

Registration now open for both the Brent Anderson Memorial (BAM!) and the 7th Annual LoCo Open

Can you believe it’s already here??? A weekend in LoCo!!! REGISTRATION for both the Brent Anderson Memorial (BAM!) is now open!!

First, on Saturday, September 22nd, we have the Brent Anderson Memorial (BAM!). This is going to be a very unique event and we’re really hoping to have a fun laid back experience…just the way Brent would want it! This PDGA C-Tier Pro/Am Flex Start event will be one round at Clark’s Run Disc Golf Course at Freedom Center. All proceeds (in excess of cost) will go directly to Freedom Center (the incredibly gracious land owner).

So, what does “Flex Start” really mean? It means you can come and play just about any time you want!!! Yep! Not a morning person?? No problem! We’ll see you after you wake up, lazy! Wanna beat the heat?? No problem!! We’ll be there early with coffee! Gotta work the day shift??? We’ve got slots open all the way up to 4:00PM!

Flex Start means that you play when you show up…BUT…it’s first come first play in the order in which you show up. UNLESS…you purchase (completely optional) a tee time for $5 per person! Yep! You can cut the line (all in the name of charity)!

Then, on Sunday, September 23rd, we have the 7th Annual LoCo Open! What more can we say…it’s a LoCo tradition! Once again, this PDGA B-Tier Pro/Am and O.D.D.S. event will be two rounds of the best the Frank has to offer! Enough said.

As always, with both events, we’ve got some SWEET Amateur Player’s Packs! Guaranteed to exceed to the cost of admission (and some)!

And for the Pros? You know the drill. Cold…Hard…CASH!

If you have any questions or issues…don’t hesitate to reach out to us! See you on the course!!!

LoCo Disc Golf Club Raises Over $12,500 for Loudoun Hunger Relief

LoCo Disc Golf presents $12,517.89 check to Loudoun Hunger Relief.

From L to R: Steve Ganz, Brian Junkins, Stephan Evers, Jennifer Montgomery, Mike Tomlin, John Iliff, Matt Lamberski

Leesburg, VA — Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) is thrilled to announce that the 2018 LoCo Ice Bowl has raised over $12,500 to help alleviate hunger in our community.

This is the sixth year that this fun event has benefited LHR. The LoCo Ice Bowl, sponsored and run by the LoCo Disc Golf Club, is a disc golf tournament held each winter. The motto of the tournament is “No Wimps, No Whiners” and participants are expected to play no matter what the weather.

Ice Bowls are sponsored by disc golf clubs all around the country each year, and raise funds for non-profits that fight hunger in the community. In 2016, 219 Ice Bowl events raised $357,000. Since 1996, Ice Bowls have raised over $3,500,000 to fight hunger all over the United States. Since 2012, the LoCo Ice Bowl has raised almost $30,000 for Loudoun Hunger Relief.

This year, the LoCo Ice Bowl was held on January 27, and players were treated to a phenomenal 50 degree, sunny day. LoCo Disc Golf Club Vice Chairman Brian Junkins said “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the participants of the tournament, who helped us exceed our goal and raise more than $12,500 and nearly 450 pounds of food for LHR this year!”

Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery stated “We love the community spirit of the LoCo Ice Bowl, and deeply appreciate the support of the LoCo Disc Golf Club. Their assistance not only helps us feed our neighbors in need, but also helps get the word out about hunger in Loudoun County. We can’t wait to play next year.”

The LoCo Disc Golf Club is awaiting this year’s nationwide results. The club was 6th in the nation for funds raised in 2017, and is hoping to break into the top 5 for 2018.. Loudoun Hunger Relief is grateful to be the beneficiary of their efforts.

About Loudoun Hunger Relief
Loudoun Hunger Relief (formerly Loudoun Interfaith Relief) is the largest food pantry in Loudoun County. Last year LHR provided 1.2 million pounds of food to more than 8,000 individuals. 40% of those served are children. LHR distributes food to families six days a week, year round. Loudoun Hunger Relief was voted Loudoun Chamber of Commerce 2014 Nonprofit of The Year, Leesburg Today 2015 Reader’s Choice Nonprofit of The Year, the Loudoun Times Mirror 2015 and 2017 Nonprofit of the Year, Loudoun Now 2016 Favorite Non-Profit. For more information on LHR, please visit www.loudounhunger.org.

About LoCo Disc Golf Club
The LoCo Disc Golf Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our mission is to grow the sport of disc golf, host tournaments for all skill-levels, support other disc golf clubs in the region, and provide support to local park departments and private land owners in maintaining and installing disc golf courses in Loudoun County, VA. For more information about the LoCo Disc Golf Club including membership, events, or general disc golf questions, visit www.locodiscgolf.com.