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.

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!

The Challenge 2021 – Success!!!

Another Challenge at Goat Hill Park is in the books!

I feel like the event was a smashing success! We had a tremendous field of players who performed like the professionals they are. They gave a great show for the large crowds of spectators to watch (I think we had around 500 on Sunday?). Managing crowds like that while implementing COVID protocols was tricky, but we did our best. Goat Hill Park was in beautiful condition and looked great on the Central Coast Disc Golf, GKPro and Disc Golf Network video coverage (please view on YouTube, like and subscribe to all three!). And our tremendous volunteer staff went above and beyond to make the event pleasurable for all involved.

Congrats to our 2021 Champions! Ricky Wysocki (MPO), Lisa Fajkus (FPO), Chris Shotwell (MP40), David Devine (MP50) and Mike Reeves (MP60) – you showed tremendous skills and I was proud to hand you your goat trophies!

I have so many people to thank! Maxine “Fairy Golf Mother” Duncan was our volunteer coordinator and made so many phone calls, so many decisions and taught me how precious and important our volunteers are. Shaun Watkins was my right hand – anything I needed doing, Shaun was there to do it. Tremendous! Mark Verrochi handled the UDiscLive and PDGA Live scoring, training new scorekeepers and fixing hiccups along the way, like the professional that he is. Chris Cauchon organized the Player/Goat disc auctions – something I had no clue how to do – helping us to raise funds for the event and the players. Glenn Duncan exhibited so many of his stellar skills: adding the final artistic touches to the big metal goat trophies, fixing my mistakes on the baby goat trophies, and creating solutions as problems popped up – he must be the best “whack-a-mole” player on Earth! A.J. Risley helped ensure that my vision for the course design was implemented in the field, stepped in front of the camera to put our best face forward and listed to so many of my crazy ideas and angry rants and brought me back to reality – I love you my son. Kevin Best stepped forward and took ownership of final course setup details, and then went out to the Goat to take down the Goat-a-Mids and donate the straw bales to a local tack store in need. Bill Maury-Holmes and Michael Sorich were the voices of the event at Tee 1 – A task that I used to handle but have now handed off to people who entertain and introduce with flair. Jackie Chamberlain was the glue that kept Tournament Central together – she handled question, problems, and jerks with grace and skill – Thank You! And so many more people who wore the blinding yellow volunteer t-shirts and helped in so many important ways.

Many thanks to John Ashworth and Eli Ivey of Goat Hill Park and all of the staff at the course. They allow disc golf to take over the course every year and we are very grateful for that. The staff are so helpful and so pleasant to work with. I feel like Goat Hill Park is truly our partner in this event and I look forward to working with them to take The Challenge up to the next level of disc golf competition and entertainment!

It was a pleasure and a learning experience to work with Jeff Spring, Seth Fendley and all of the staff of the Disc Golf Pro Tour. I learned so much from them through this experience and I hope the tournament was as successful in their eyes as it was in mine. Ian Anderson’s Central Coast Disc Golf crew and Luke Sampson and the GKPro guys were great to work with and made the event look spectacular on video (like and subscribe!). And the UDisc and PDGA staff helped us share the event with so many people who couldn’t watch live in person – this is a valuable service to our fans.

Innova Disc Golf – I don’t have enough words to describe how much I value our partnership. You guys help me in so many ways, teach me so much and make me look like I know what the hell I’m doing. I’m so proud to be an Innova Ambassador and to be able to show off the brand I have thrown since 1983. Mark, Sam, Joe, Jeff, Levi, Mike, Thomas, Suzette, Jonathan and Dave – thank you so much for everything.
I will thank our other event sponsors in a follow-up post, but I hope you all know how much I value your support and I hope you stay with us for the long haul. Bigger and better in the future!

A special final thank you to my son and daughter, AJ and Katie. You put up with so much of my craziness and rambling and messiness as tournament time rolls around. You own the success of my events as much as I do. And you own the smiles on the faces of the players, fans and sponsors as well.

As I told the crowds gathered on the first tee each day to watch the lead MPO card – I have played disc golf for over 45 years, and we’ve always said that “one day our sport will make it big.”

Well…TODAY is that one day!

Caddie Book is Here!

The caddie book for the 2021 edition of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park has been uploaded to this website and can be accessed via this link: 2021 Caddie Book – The Challenge at Goat Hill Park

The caddie book contains all official course notes for the tournament as well as hole maps and sponsor artwork. If you download or view the caddie book, please make sure to check out the list of sponsors and supporters found on the last (back) page. These folks have made The Challenge possible!

InnColor Star Destroyer

Tee Time Blocks for The Challenge

Displayed below are the current tee time blocks for Friday and Saturday/Sunday. Tee time assignments for individual players will be available on Wednesday, 5/5/2021 by 5pm.

DGPT Silver Series event registration on PDGA.com: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/48283

DGPT Silver Series event scoring on UDiscLive.com: https://udisclive.com/live/goathill2021

PDGA B-tier event registration on PDGA.com: https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/48284

Some More Spectator Details…(4/23/2021)

We’ve been working with DGPT, Goat Hill Park, City of Oceanside and Innova on details for spectating at The Challenge at Goat Hill Park. Spectator passes will go on sale Saturday, April 24, 2020 at 5pm:

  • Spectator passes will be sold through the Disc Golf Pro Tour website, using Eventbrite. The link to keep an eye on is: https://www.dgpt.com/schedule/spectators/
  • Sign up on our Spectator Interest List – we are working with DGPT to give you early access to purchase passes if you’re on that list.
  • Passes are for 1 day only! If you want to spectate multiple days you will need to purchase a pass for each day. You will receive a wristband at check-in color-coded for that day.
  • We are a Disc Golf Pro Tour event running under “Phase 2” guidelines. Phase 2 requires us all to wear masks and maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Friday, May 7 will be a “Spectator-Lite” day, as we do not have exclusive use of the Goat Hill Park Property. A limited number of “VIP” spectator passes will be available for $20 each. VIP pass spectators will be assigned to a “Spectator Host” to follow a specific foursome for the entire round. A limit of 25 spectators allowed per Spectator Host. VIP pass holders can sign up for a particular foursome/tee time at check-in on Friday.
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9: “General Admission” spectator passes will be available for $20 per person, per day. General Admission passes will give you access to the Tournament Central/Vendor area, viewing space for the warm-up area, and the following holes on the course: 1,2,3,6,9,10,11,12,13,14, 16,17,18 (See map below). Spectators must stay close to the cart paths, out of the field of play and at least 50 feet from players, caddies and media.
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9: A limited number of VIP passes will be available for $30 to follow top-ranking foursomes through the entire course, escorted by Spectator Hosts. A limit of 25 spectators allowed per Spectator Host, multiple “pods” of spectators will be allowed to follow a card (maintaining reasonable distance). VIP pass holders can sign up for a particular foursome/tee time when they check in.
  • All spectator parking will be off Goat Hill Park property. Spectators will be making use of parking on adjoining city streets. We strongly encourage carpooling! General Admission passes will be sold as either North Gate or South Gate entry. See the map below for the gate locations.
  • Food and beverage services will be available on-site.
  • A variety of disc golf-related vendors will be on-site. We are also making space available for players who wish to vend or autograph discs.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, use sunscreen, wear a hat, bring a camp stool to sit on. Walking 18 holes of disc golf at Goat Hill Park racks up 15,000 steps and 40 floors climbed on a Fitbit – be ready for The Challenge!

Spectator Update

Good news! Based on the current conditions in Oceanside, San Diego County, California, it looks like we will be able to have spectators for The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Presented by Innova. There will be limits on the number of people allowed, and spectators will be required to wear masks and social distance from others. But this is a much better situation than last year’s event and many of the events that have occurred so far in the 2021 disc golf season.

Tournament staff is currently working with the Disc Golf Pro Tour, Goat Hill Park and Innova Disc Golf to create a spectating plan that maintains the health and safety of the players and tournament staff, protects the integrity of the competition, provides an entertaining and exciting experience for fans and is economically sustainable. Here are the major points we can share so far:

  • Most spectator access will come by way of daily pass purchases. There will be a limited number of full-event passes available, but much of the feedback we have received to date has been that many people only expect to be able to spectate for one weekend day (it’s Mother’s Day weekend…). Also, since Goat Hill Park is open for (ball) golf play on Friday after disc golf, we cannot sell General Admission passes.
  • Vending for spectator passes will be handled by the Disc Golf Pro Tour, on their website (www.DGPT.com). We will share the exact URL in advance of sales, and everyone who fills out the Spectator Interest Form on this website will receive advance access to purchase passes.
  • There will be different levels of spectator access (with corresponding price points). In discussion currently is a plan with 1) a general admission plan that gives spectators access to the pro shop and vendor booth areas, along with the holes close to the pro shop/tournament central area; 2) a second level that gives spectators access to view several holes on the course, staying on or close to cart paths while viewing; and 3) a “VIP” level that allows spectators to follow a specific card of players around the entire course escorted by a tournament staff member, which may also include a tournament-logo disc.

We are very excited about this upcoming event and we know there is a lot of excitement out in our local disc golf community! It looks like disc golf has turned a corner in terms of the number of people who are playing (just evidence your local course) and the numbers who are watching events on their screens. And the field of players coming to play The Challenge is arguably the best field of disc golfers ever to be assembled for a singles tournament in San Diego County. Along with that, Goat Hill Park provides a great location to watch top-level disc golf, with a long, tough course, great sight lines for spectating, a refreshing ocean breeze and no picnic blankets in the fairways!

Click on this link to get on the Spectator Interest List, and we’ll see you at the Goat!

“The Best MPO Field Ever in San Diego County”

As we get closer to The Challenge it can be interesting to see how the players who are registered for our tournament are doing out on tour. Here’s some info from the MPO field at this weekend’s Texas State Championships (FPO will get it’s own post):

Calvin Heimburg – t5th
Garrett Gurthie – t5th
Nathan Queen – t11th
Alden Harris – t11th
Nikko Locastro – t16th
Emerson Keith – t16th
Austin Hoop – t16th
Kyle Klein – t20th
Colten Montgomery – t20th
Nate Perkins – t24th
Brodie Smith – t24th
Chris Clemons – t31st
Luke Humphries – t35th
Thomas Gilbert – t42nd
Tanner Girouard – t49th
Eric Oakley – t52nd
John Willis II – t52nd
Connor O’Reilly – t59th
Ian Burchett – t64th
Garrett Tapken – t66th
Luke Samson – t66th
Ezra Aderhold – t76th
Gavin Rathbun – t76th
Alexander Lyon – t92nd

And there are two other MPO players who finished in the top 5 at Texas States who are in the process of registering…

You can check out our registration page on PDGA.com – best field ever in San Diego County!


Featured image courtesy of JomezPro. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/udibX3G4Nto