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We’re less than a week away from the 2023 edition of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Presented by Innova and all the details are coming together! All of the rain that Southern California has received this winter has turned Goat Hill Park GREEN! The rain, plus the fact that the management at GHP has gone on a turf-installing spree of late. If you’ve been to the Goat or watched the Central Coast videos, you’ll notice that the barren areas near holes 11, 12 and 13 are now full of lush grass. It’s spectacular! But on to the disc golf stuff…

We moved this year’s tournament to February in order to continue to attract some top players. Staying in our old early-May slot would have meant that players would have had to travel from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Oceanside in one or two days, which didn’t sound reasonable. So we moved to the front of the calendar and worked with the La Mirada Open and Wintertime Open to create a 3-event, pre-Las Vegas Challenge feast for the Pros.

And we are once again a USDGC qualifier! In fact, The Challenge is the first event in the “Road to the Championship” and we’ll be awarding four USDGC invitations to our top MPO finishers.

The result? We have some great players registered for The Challenge, including Eagle McMahon, Drew Gibson, Luke Samson, Albert Tamm, La Mirada’s Chris Pinegar, Eric Oakley, Gavin Babcock and Carlsbad native Cody Kirkland on the MPO side. And on the FPO side, 2-time Champion Ohn Scoggins, former Champion Jennifer Allen and DGPT standout Maria Oliva will all vie for the coveted goat trophies!

How can you watch them play, you ask? Easy! Follow this link to Eventbrite to purchase spectator passes. We have a limited number of VIP passes available for Friday in the morning and then both General Admission and VIP passes for Saturday and Sunday. VIP passes get you access to the entire course, while General Admission limits you to those holes with larger pathways for more spectators. We will have disc golf vendors on hand Saturday and Sunday and yes, we do plan to be watching the “big football game” after the goat trophies are awarded on Sunday.

Want to help us at the event? We’re still looking for a few volunteers to help out on all three days. Volunteers will receive an event shirt, two Challenge at Goat Hill Park discs and we’ll feed you too! Follow this link to volunteer: https://challengeatgoathillpark.com/volunteer-sign-up-form/

And if you’ve fallen in love with our tournament logo and would love to have a disc with a goat on it? Follow this link to our “Shop” page where you’ll find a variety of Innova molds in Halo Star plastic, Glow and Color Glow Champion, Metal Flake Champion and others. There are even some discs in lighter weights if that’s your bag. AND…use the coupon code “goat10” to get 10% off your disc order! Shop here: https://challengeatgoathillpark.com/shop/

Thanks for your interest in The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – we look forward to seeing you at the Goat!!!

Get Ready for The Challenge 2023!

We’re about six weeks away from the 2023 edition of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Presented by Innova! We moved the tournament earlier in the calendar in order to provide a challenging kickoff to the disc golf season in hopes that we could draw a top-notch crowd of players to Southern California, and that seems to be working. We already have some crowd favorites on the registration list and expect to add more over the next few weeks.

The “Road to the Championship” – the qualifying events that establish the field for the United States Disc Golf Championship – starts at The Challenge! Our event is the first contest of the USDGC Qualifier season, so don’t be surprised to see some more top talent show up on the registration list, hoping to secure their USDGC invitation early in the season, to lower their stress level for the rest of the tour season. All four of last year’s qualifiers: Luke Samson, Jacob Courtis, Cody Kirkland and Parker Welck are signed up, along with elite DGPT players Eagle McMahon and Drew Gibson!

Along with our MPO/FPO tournament at Goat Hill Park, we’re also partnering with the new Disc Golf Masters Tour to host part of the Old Goats Challenge – the kick-off event of the DGMT. Most of the Old Goats rounds will be played at Reidy Creek Golf Course in Escondido, but we’ll have some Old Goats at Goat Hill on the weekend as well, giving them a chance to stretch their horns a bit. And of course, the Old Goats will be welcome at all of our Goat Hill Park festivities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Spectator passes will go on sale February 1st, but if you want to get a head start on your Goat support check out our “Shop” page for fundraiser disc purchasing. We have some amazing Innova discs available with our brand new tournament artwork. Our volunteer sign-up page will open soon as well.

Get ready for The Challenge!!!!!

Player Pack Discs and Items for The 2022 Challenge, Part 2

Player pack items will be available for amateur players to pick up “cafeteria style” at the Goat Hill Park Pro Shop Patio on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 10am. Player pack items include:

Premium Plastic Disc Models Available:

  • Color Glow Champion Destroyer
  • Champion Panther
  • GStar Mamba
  • GStar Sidewinder
  • Star It
  • Star Jay
  • Quantum Aurora (QMS)
  • Champion Roc3
  • Star Destroyer
  • Glow Champion Wraith
  • Star Corvette
  • Glow Champion Firebird
  • Flat-Top Champion Firebird
  • Star Beast
  • Star Shryke
  • Star Valkyrie
  • GStar Leopard3
  • XT Nova
  • Champion Teebird
  • Glow Champion Eagle
  • Quantum Draco
  • Swirly Sirius Orion LF
  • Millenium Scorpius
  • Luster Champion Invader

Base-Level Plastic Disc Models Available:

  • DX Roc
  • DX Roc3
  • DX Wombat3
  • DX Polecat
  • DX Skeeter
  • DX Glow Aviar
  • JK Pro Aviar
  • R-Pro Aviar
  • R-Pro Dart
  • XT Xero
  • Color Glow KC Pro Roc
  • XT Animal
  • DT Omega 4.1
  • DX Zephyr

Tee Time Blocks for The 2022 Challenge @ GHP, Part 2

The weekend is approaching and players are wondering, “what’s my tee time for Saturday?” Well, we won’t know exact tee times until Friday morning and the last-minute registration dust settles, but here are the blocks that we have assigned for the different divisions for this weekend’s 2022 Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Part 2 – Presented by Innova:

Tee time blocks by division for Saturday and Sunday

Alden Harris and Ohn Scoggins are our 2022 Champions!

Three days of beautiful weather and a brisk breeze that built daily wrapped up on Sunday with two great champions at the Goat: Alden Harris winning the MPO title and Ohn Scoggins winning her second FPO title at Goat Hill Park. Harris, on tour out of Woodstock, GA returned to Goat Hill Park after playing in the 2021 Silver Series event and jumped onto the lead card for round 2 with an opening round 1041-rated, 10-under 58. Cody Kirkland, no stranger to the lead card at the Goat shot the hot score in round 1 with a 12-under, 1055-rated 56, setting the course record for the newly-modified Goat Hill Park layout. Five players (Josh Anthon, Jacob Blair, Jacob Courtis, Luke Samson and Levi Hancock) tied for third after the first round with 9-under 59s.

Alden stretched out his lead in round 2, setting a new course record with a bogey-free, 13 under, 1069-rated 55. Luke Samson stepped up from the group occupying third with a 10-under 58 that pulled him into second place. Drew Gibson and Parker Welck were the only other double-digit under par scorers in round 2, which earned them spots on the final round lead card, six shots behind Harris. Drew closed strong – 5-under on the final four holes, including an eagle 3 on the newly lengthened par 5 16th hole.

Sunday’s play added a bit of drama, as Harris did not simply run away with the title. It looked like Gibson might author an amazing come-from-behind story as he made up 4 of his 6 throw deficit through eight holes, until a bogey on the big downhill hole 10 stopped his charge toward victory. Samson started slow in round 3, spotting Harris two more strokes on holes 1 and 2 to put himself six behind the leader. But the he made of those six throws on holes 3 through 12, capping that run off with an eagle on the signature hole 12. Samson’s bogey on 13 provided Harris with his final margin of victory, although Samson still had a chance to pull even on hole 17 if it weren’t for a missed putt inside circle 1.

Alden Harris’ one-throw victory gave him his second career A-tier win (the other being the 2020 Music City Open) and the $1,709 pay day was the largest disc golf payout so far of his career.

The 2022 Challenge at Goat Hill Park provided another classic Ohn Scoggins/Jennifer Allen duel on the FPO side. Round 1 started off with Allen holding the hot hand, as she fired an 8-under par 62 that had only one blemish – a double bogey 5 on hole 9 aided by a rude rollaway. Scoggins lurked three throws back at 5-under, followed by Maria Oliva at 3-under and Chelsea Howells at +1. Fortunes flip-flopped on day 2 – Scoggins had the hot hand and set an FPO course record with a 9-under, 994-rated and bogey-free 61. Allen started slow, parring the first eleven hole but then shook off the cobwebs as she birdied six of the last seven holes en route to a 6-under 64 and a tie at the top for first place after two rounds. Oliva’s 4-under round 2 left her seven shots behind the leaders. Round 3 was played in a testy ocean breeze, and Ohn Scoggins set the story line with steady play early and then a turkey, birdieing holes 5, 6 and 7 to take a solid lead, finishing with a 5-under 65 and a total of 19 under par. Jennifer Allen ended up three throws back in second at 16-under while Maria Oliva completed the Team Innova sweep in FPO with her third place finish.

The MPO and FPO fields were joined on the course Saturday and Sunday with three divisions of age-protected PDGA pro players. Team Innova’s Chris Shotwell cruised to a five-throw win in MP40, closing with a 1009-rated 65 on Sunday. In MP50, Sergio Celis lapped the field, throwing two 1000+ rated rounds on the weekend to win by seven throws over a seasoned crew. And in MP60, San Diego veteran disc golfer Jeff Nichols bested Chula Vista’s Mike Reeves by one throw – the difference decided on the final hole when Reeves bogeyed.

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who came out for the tournament days and for course et-up and tear-down – this event cannot happen without your hard work. Many thanks also to our friends at Innova Disc Golf, who provided us with access to many, many fundraiser discs that we sold for pro payout and other expenses. And thanks again to our colleagues at Goat Hill Park for allowing us access to this amazing golf course for a fantastic weekend of professional disc golf. We’re looking forward to 2023!

Tee Time Blocks for The Challenge, 2022

These are the tee time blocks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as of 5/4/2022 @ 6:30pm. Please note that MPO tee times now begin at 7am. These time blocks are subject to change due to last minute adds and drops. Tee times for FPO/MPO Friday rounds have been published to PDGA.com. Saturday tee times for MP40/50/60 will be published to PDGA.com Thursday evening.

Player/Goat Discs are Back!

We have some exciting opportunities coming up for fans, disc collectors and players! The Challenge has once again commissioned artwork from Andrew Laitinen of eight Team Innova athletes who are scheduled to play in The Challenge. These full-color pictures are being printed on white Star plastic discs and will be sold via silent auction during the tournament.

All proceeds from the sale of these discs will be split evenly between the individual players and The Challenge at Goat Hill Park. We did this last year and it was a smashing success!
Watch this Facebook page and also our tournament website (challengeatgoathillpark.com
) for updates on when the auctions will occur.

And scroll through these photos to see the fun ways that Andrew has the players interacting with “Challenge”, our goat mascot.

Feel free to share this post with your friends who are fans of the pro players, and to and disc collecting Facebook groups you know of.
Enjoy!

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2022 Caddie Book

Here is the 2022 version of our caddie book for The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Presented by Innova. Many thanks to Garrett Geuss for his fantastic work on this document. There are download and print icons on the file viewer widget immediately below this text. We will also be sending this out as an attachment to all registered players.

Pay special attention to the map legend printed on page 2. The legend displays the difference between how OB lines (red lines) and hazard lines (alternating red and white lines) are represented in both the caddie book and the tee signs. Make sure you understand the difference between how those two lines operate.

There are some holes with Front and Back Tees and some holes with only a Front Tee. Who uses which tees?

  • MPO – Plays the BACK Tee on all holes.
  • FPO – Plays BACK Tees unless there is a FRONT Tee present (Holes 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18).
  • MP40/50/60 – Plays BACK Tees EXCEPT for Hole 3, where they play the FRONT Tee.
  • On “combined” tees, FPO & MP40/50/60 pars are the FRONT Tee pars.
  • You can also refer to PDGA Scoring for the pars.

We’re enabling comments on this page below, however the best way to get a question answered is an email to the TD: ajrisley@yahoo.com.

Where to Stay on “Goat Weekend”?

One of the important parts of planning for disc golf tournament travel is figuring out where to stay. Whether you’re a player in the tournament, out-of-town volunteer or excited spectator, you all need a place to lay your head at the end of the day. We’re here to help!

If you’re a tournament player, we may be able to help you find a “local host” that you can stay with or a place to park your van, RV or trailer. We have been recruiting local disc golfers with spare accommodations and have a list of folks we can pair you up with. Just send an email to Tournament Director Allen Risley (ajrisley@yahoo.com) and he’ll forward it to our “Local Host Coordinator” to see if we have a match for you.

Another solution is a more traditional route: hotels. Friend of the Goat Darla Huckaby of Conference Direct (they organize travel and meeting facilities for conferences) hooked us up with aResTravel, a travel discount booking agency that helps you search for travel deals based on your location and dates. Click on this link to go to the page that aResTravel has created for The Challenge at Goat Hill Park. Enjoy!