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The Challenge at Goat Hill Park 2020, Part 2 Wrap-Up

What a fantastic “Part 2” to the 2020 Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova over the weekend! 152 disc golfers tackled the tough Goat Hill Park layout, with great competition and some last-minute drama to entertain us all. In the end, 5 of the 9 divisions were decided by one throw (a 6th was by just 2 throws), three divisions had playoffs for second place and another had a playoff for third! Having PDGA Live Scoring in use and showing on the golf-ball scarred big screen TV on the pro shop patio meant that many were watching the back and forth battles throughout the weekend. The higher than normal temperatures and humidity were less of an issue than they might have been due to the fact that all players had golf carts available for their use (at no additional cost to the players!).


Pros: Dave “Super” Bretado displayed his “Super” skills by firing two 1020+ rated rounds to lap the rest of the MP40 field by eleven throws. Only four throws separated 2nd through 8th place, with Matt Jankowski taking the second place Goat trophy and Shane Dehner 3rd. Tom Juhl brought home his third consecutive Goat trophy in MP50, holding off a hard-charging Dan Duron who took second place, followed by Jerry Goff in 3rd.

Amateurs: On the Amateur side, Joe Behny birdied the final hole of the tournament for a one-throw win over Will Marion and Nathan Heron in MA1 (Advanced Amateur). Joe’s purchase of 10 CTP/Raffle tickets before his round began may have given him the karma boost to win the tournament, but those tickets also helped him to win the raffle Grand Prize – a Zuca Cart (donated by Joe Rotan), DD Ranger Bag (donated by AJ Risley) and Tour Support discs from AJ, Philo, Clint Calvin and Jay “Yeti” Reading! Steven Dickman had won the CTP Contest with a 180-ft throw-in just minutes befoe, taking home the schweet Nate Sexton LVC-Edition Firebird.

Holyn Handley had a big win in FA1, besting Claudia Luckey and Rachel Trager by 14 throws. Ralph Martinez had a one-throw win in MA40 over Fire Captain Mike Reeves, with Quinn Henry and Eric Shanahan just one more throw back. Mike Vivian beat the youngsters in MA50 – one throw better than Ed Smissen in 2nd and a few more over Eric “Drick” Ducharme in 3rd. And Spence Stevens eked out a three throw win over Jon Dominguez in MA60, who was one throw ahead of Gary Kendy in 3rd place.

Kyle Weir had a two-throw victory in MA2 (time for MA1 now?) over Tom Dew and Tyler Spicer, while Diego Lopez was one throw better than Justin Kuester in MA3, winning with a birdie on Hole 18. Christopher Saldaña happily took home a Goat trophy for 3rd place in the Rec division.

Thank Yous: Many, many, many thanks to our sponsors and supporters. I have another post coming to enumerate our sponsors, but I can’t pass up a chance to thank Mark Molnar and Sam Ferrans of Innova-Champion Discs, and all of the Innova Team, for their ongoing support of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park. Innova gave me access to the discs that everyone wanted this summer, and I sold over 400 of these discs to raise funds to pay for golf carts at The Challenge – no player entry fee money went towards the carts. And Am players, make sure to show appreciation to for the quality of the player pack you received – Mark Molnar and DiscGolfValues made generous donations that provided the great Challenge Me discs and Innova Blade shirts.

Another set of thanks to Jeff Jacquart, Scott Merritt and the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club and Steve Rico and Legacy Discs for providing the bulk of the Am payout at The Challenge. The payout table was filled by these folks!

Volunteers make tournaments happen. Maxine and Glenn Duncan were helpful in so many ways, including helping me bring tournament gear to the Goat after my car broke down. Shaun Watkins was my right hand all weekend – covering check-in, payout, player packs and raffle sales – anything I needed help with. Randy Wylot was a top-notch starter – getting groups out onto the course on time and making sure that EVERY GROUP used the PDGA Live Scoring! And when we ran out of carts on Saturday, Joe Rodriguez and Jason Aberle turned around the incoming carts and shuttled them back out to players on the course in amazing fashion. Spence Stevens did a great job getting the mandatories and drop zones set up Saturday morning while Courtney Weekly and Alejandra Puga #undiscgolfed the course after play was completed. And Reuben Saldaña jumped in on Sunday to help Glenn Duncan handle the raffle prize selection and disbursement. Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

Major thanks also to Eli Ivey and John Ashworth of Goat Hill Park, for their continued support of disc golf at the Goat. And huge thanks to Eric, Hunter, Lisa and the rest of the Goat Hill pro shop, cart barn and course maintenance staff for helping me navigate the ins and outs of running disc golf events at Goat Hill Park. They stepped up like champs this weekend to make sure we had a great experience for our tournament.

I have been running The Challenge and other events at Goat Hill for nearly ten years now, and my kids – Katie and AJ – have always been there to help me get things done and look as good as possible in the process. I hope they understand how much I appreciate their support.

Now the planning begins for 2021. I intend to keep moving forward, accepting whatever roadblocks come up and coming up with solutions. I’ll keep working to make The Challenge the best disc golf tournament it can be.

Challenge Me!

Course Notes/Caddy Book/Virtual Players Meeting

Here’s a link to the course notes.

Here’s a link to the Caddie Book.

Here’s a link to the PowerPoint slides from the Virtual Players Meeting.

Here’s a link Part 1 of the the Virtual Players Meeting video (General Tournament Rules and Procedures).

Here’s a link to Part 2 of the Virtual Players Meeting video (Hole-by-Hole descriptions).

We’re Live Scoring This Weekend!

We will be using PDGA Live digital scoring this weekend. We used it last weekend at the Clubhouse Clash and it was super-easy and fun! If you are afraid of technology, you can still use a paper scorecard, but we encourage you to embrace this new improvement to disc golf tournament scorekeeping.

Here’s the message that came up on the PDGA website when I turned on live scoring:

Official Digital Scorecard Usage Requirements:
A. All rules set forth in the Official Rules of Disc Golf Rule 808 scoring are in full effect and must be followed without exception.

  1. For the purposes of digital scoring, usage of the terms “turn in” and “return” shall mean “submit”.

B. All players must be informed that digital scoring is both official and authoritative.

  1. If an incorrect score is submitted and requires correction after the payer has confirmed and submitted it, a two-throw penalty will be assessed in accordance with rule 808 G.2.

C. An alternative scoring method must be made available in the event of technical issues.

D. Digital scoring must not be forced upon players.

  1. Any player or group may request, and the tournament director must provide, an alternative method of scoring for the player or group to use upon request.

2. If the player chooses to use an alternative method of scoring, event staff must verify the hole scores and total after submission.

E. Mobile devices should not be shared amongst players.

  1. Players in a group may agree on a single player to keep score for the entire round.

F. Discrepancies, provisional scores, or warnings for rules infractions must be recorded for each hole in accordance with rules 808 C and 808 E.

  1. Any time a provisional set of throws is recorded, the total score for the affected player should not be automatically submitted without a review and resolution by the event director.

G. Each player must review and positively confirm their scores at the end of the round before the total score is submitted.

We’ll have the live scoring up on the big screen TV at tournament central, so give us something to watch!

Challenge, Part 2 Updates – Wednesday, 8/19/2020

Sorry folks, but some of the course set-up I was hoping to do is becoming impossible due to difficulties at work. We will not have a Goat-a-Mid on hole #5. It is also quite possible that there will be no OB string on the course. Because of remodeling that GHP is doing on hole 10 there will not be cart path OB on the right. We have set up a portable basket on 10 that is in between the three large eucalyptus trees, where the original basket position was located.

I have the draft of the course rules sheet almost ready to go and will post it on this page when it’s ready. It will be subject to change. You will receive a caddie book on Saturday that will supersede this rules sheet, but this is useful for practice.

Once the caddie book is ready I will also post it on this page.

On the positive side, the shirts for the Am player pack look great! We’re packing up the discs that Am players have chosen for their player packs and will include at Challenge at GHP Slippy (coffee cup/bottle/can koozie), and a Challenge Me! neckie face covering for all Ams. The Fairy Disc Golf Mother, aka Queen of Shirts, aka Maxine Duncan will be on hand to distribute the shirts on Saturday, based on the sizes you gave us on the shirt survey.

Innova Champion Discs and DiscGolfValues have given us tremendous support to be able to provide great Am player pack items AND TO HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR GOLF CARTS! please express thanks to the Team Innova guys playing in the event who have made these things possible.

Legacy Discs has stepped up as a sponsor for Am payout, as well as Jeff Jacquart and Scott Merritt from the Las Vegas Disc Golf Club, who are bringing $1,200 worth or merchandise that will be split between Am payout and the fundraising raffle. AJ Risley is also kicking in some discs and merch for the Am payout – thank you to him as well.

And we’ll have the CTP Contest running all weekend if you want to try to win the Sexton Firebird. Remember, after you get your ticket punched and throw your CTP try, those tickets are still raffle tickets! Tickets will be on sale throughout the weekend. Help us pay for carts and boost the Pro payout buy purchasing CTP/Raffle tickets!

Oh….and you get to ride in carts.

One Week Out from The Challenge Part 2: Player Notes

Challenge Part 2 Players:

  • Goat Hill Park will be open for disc golf practice from Sunday, August 16 – Thursday, August 20. You must pay greens fees, carts are available for an additional fee. You must reserve a tee time BEFORE you show up at the course at I am trying to get us a 2-hour slot of tee times available on Friday (8/21) but it is unlikely.
  • All baskets except for 12 and 13 are in their tournament locations. 12 will be moved to it’s tournament location (past the golf green on the right) this weekend. DO NOT DRIVE GOLF CARTS TO BASKET 12! THE NEW GRASS IS FRAGILE! Tournament basket 13 will be a portable basket placed next to the dead tree past golf green 13. It will be placed this weekend.
  • Which tees do we use? MP40, MP50, MP60, MA1, MA40 (“Back Tee Group”) will tee off from turf pads on all holes. You will be allowed to tee off to either side (3 feet) of these tees. FA1, MA2, MA3, MA50, MA60 (“Front Tee Group”) will tee off on turf pads except for on holes 1, 4, 8, 12, 15, 16, 18. The front tees will be on the fairway grass and will be marked with flags on tournament day. There will be paint marking the tees after this weekend. You can also find the tee locations on the new “Front Tees” layout we created on UDisc. Hole 8 will have a rubber mat front tee, placed just before the wood rails.
  • There are very few differences between the layout used for the Silver Series event and the “Part 2” event. Here are those differences:
    1) Long tee on hole 3 will not be used.
    2) FA1 will have “front tees” on holes 2 and 11.
    3) OB string lines have been removed from the following holes: 3, 4, 6, 11, 15. OB string will remain on holes 9, 10, 13.
    4) Basket 16 will be in it’s normal location.
    5) Holes 4 and 15 will have mandatory trees along the right side of the fairway.
  • This is the Caddie Book from the Silver Series event. “Back Tee Group” follow the MPO tees (except for Hole 3). “Front Tee Group” follow the FPO tees (except for FA1 tees on holes 2 and 11). The changes listed above have not yet been added: Silver Series Caddie Book
  • All players will be offered a cart to ride in. Please keep carts on the cart paths as much as possible. Do not drive carts within 30 feet of golf greens, bunkers, golf tees, disc golf baskets. Do not drive carts on steep slopes (other than the crazy cart path on hole 5). These carts have GPS “kill switches” – the pro shop can see where you are driving and can turn off your cart if you drive in dangerous locations. This may result in disqualification.
  • Tee times will be posted on on Thursday, 8/20 by noon. Tee time blocks (approximations) will be posted on Facebook and the tournament website on Monday, 8/17.
  • Be prepared to wear a mask. You are required to wear a mask in all “public areas” of Goat Hill Park (pro shop, patio, driving range, Playground, CTP contest area, PARKING LOT). Masks are recommended and MAY BE REQUIRED while you are riding in a cart. Masks can be removed when throwing, cardmates should maintain 6 ft of distance from throwers.
  • No spectators, no caddies. PDGA COVID guidelines and San Diego County Health Department guidelines.
  • We will be using PDGA Live Scoring. Please charge up your smartphone before coming to the course. It is a simple scorekeeping app.
  • Send any question by email to Please don’t post questions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. They will not be answered by tournament staff. During the tournament we will have a phone number you can call or text with questions.

Goat Hill Park is in beautiful condition! Get ready for a fun weekend!

A New Round of Fundraiser Discs!


Over here at “The Challenge Central” we’re working night and day (and in between night and day, if that’s a thing?) to come up with more ways to raise funds for Part 2 of the tournament. We made the decision a few weeks ago to try to raise funds for every player in the field to be able to ride in a cart. That’s a tall order. But it’s the only way the golf course was going to let us have more spots in the field, otherwise, they don’t make as much money as if the sold the tee times to ball golfers (they pay about twice what we pay…). Changing the entry fee after we already had 100 players signed up was out of the question…so…fundraising.

That’s why you’re seeing all of the posts for the CTP Contest ticket sales (did you know those CTP tickets are also raffle tickets?) and the polls about which disc to add next (for every 20 tickets sold we add another disc to the raffle prizes…). Check out the post just below this one to see the often-updated list of raffle prizes. Tickets are $5 each. Win the CTP contest and you walk away with an LVC Limited Edition Nate Sexton Firebird (worth over $400)!

But here, the story is fundraiser discs! Our friends and sponsors at Innova Disc Golf have been helping us in this fundraising folly by making some amazing discs available to us to sell as fundraisers for The Challenge, Part 2.

Here’s a list of what we have available ($20 each + shipping, except where noted), with photos down below the lists (COVID Goat™ stamp discs noted, strikethrough means they are all gone!).

  • Halo Star Shryke (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Halo Star Roadrunner (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Halo Star Leopard3 (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Color Glow Champion Eagles (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Color Glow Champion Gators (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Shimmer Star Shryke (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Shimmer Star Wraith (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Shimmer Star Wombat3 (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Echo Star Destroyer (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Splatter Star Destroyer (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Transitional (Swirly) Star Invictus (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Luster Champion TeeBird (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Blizzard Champion Destroyer (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Blizzard Champion Katana (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Blizzard Champion Valkyrie (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • GStar Tern (156-8g) (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Luster Champion Whippet-X (COVID Goat™ – $20)
  • Flat-Top Champion Firebird (Pre-COVID Goat – $20)
  • Color Glow Roc3 (Pre-COVID Goat – $20)
  • I-Dye Star Corvette (Pre-COVID Goat – $20)
  • Splatter Star Thunderbird (Pre-COVID Goat – $20)
  • Glow DX Sonic (COVID Goat™ – $15) All gone!!!
  • Glow DX Roc (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • Glow DX Wombat3 (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • Glow Aviar Putt & Approach (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Classic Aviar (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Aviar3 (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Skeeter (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Rhyno (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Stingray (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Dart (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • DX Wolf (COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • Glow DX Zephyr (Pre-COVID Goat™ – $15)
  • JK Aviar (Pre-COVID Goat™ – $15)

We also have some discs left over from the 2019 Challenge and from the Golden Sombrero Series of Ice Bowls that we are selling for the low, low price of $5 each! You can get one of these $5 discs for each disc you buy from the $20 list. Here’s what we have:

  • 2019 Challenge Black DX Aviar
  • 2019 Challenge Color Glow Aviar X3
  • 2019 Challenge Splatter Star Destroyer
  • 2019 Challenge Shimmer Star Destroyer
  • 2019 Challenge Color Glow Champion Firebird
  • 2019 Challenge Star Corvette
  • Golden Sombrero Star Rat
  • Golden Sombrero Luster Champion Rhyno
  • Golden Sombrero Champion Mako
  • Golden Sombrero Star Spider
  • Golden Sombrero Color Glow Champion Firebird
  • Golden Sombrero Color Glow Champion Shryke
  • Golden Sombrero GStar Wraith
  • Golden Sombrero GStar Archon
  • Golden Sombrero GStar Katana
  • Golden Sombrero GStar Shark
  • Golden Sombrero Star Cro
  • Golden Sombrero Champion Banshee

The Challenge, Part 2 CTP Contest

Assistant TD AJ Risley introduces the fundraiser

Help us raise funds for Part 2 of The Challenge at Goat Park – Driven by Innova!

Sign up now for a CTP contest that we are holding to help raise funds for Part 2 of The Challenge.  We are raising funds for the pro payout, Am player pack and some amenities that can be shared by all players (carts, perhaps?). Click here to buy CTP tickets!

The prize for this CTP contest is a Limited Edition Las Vegas Challenge Nate Sexton Firebird!  This is one of the grey smoky Champion Firebirds with the Sexton Firebird stamp and the little LVC special edition stamp.  These discs have been selling on auction sites for several hundred dollars!  The disc is signed by Nate Sexton, not too long after he won the Las Vegas Challenge tournament.  We will be holding the CTP contest during the weekend of The Challenge, Part 2 (August 22-23), on the “Playground” area at Goat Hill Park.  The shot will be less than 200 ft, which will give more players a chance at winning.  You do not need to be entered in the tournament to play the CTP contest, but you do need to purchase a ticket.  You will get one throw for each ticket that you purchase.

And about those tickets...if you don’t win the Sexton Firebird CTP your tickets will give you a chance to win some of our runner-up prizesThe first runner up prize is  new Zuca cart, Dynamic Discs Defender bag and 4 Tour Support discs (Philo Brathwaite Glow Destroyer (signed), Yeti Pro Aviar (signed by Jay “Yeti” Reading), Clint Calvin US Am Nats Champion Commemorative PA-3 (signed) and an AJ Risley bottom-stamped Outlaw).  All those items are one prize package!

And…as we sell more tickets we will add more prizes!  For every 20 tickets sold we will add an additional item to the pot.  You can help us decide what makes it onto the prize list – watch the story feed for the tournament Instagram account (@thechallengeatgoathill) and Tournament Director Allen Risley’s story feed on Facebook for polls where you can vote on the next disc to be added.

Check out the photo gallery below for all of the items that are included in the CTP/raffle so far. Remember, the more tickets you buy, the more prizes we will add!

Many thanks to our prize donors: Joe Rotan, Teddy Barber, Jeff Jacquart, AJ Risley, Philo Brathwaite, Thomas Gilbert, Max Nichols, Ryan Walters, Clint Calvin

The Challenge Part 1 Wrap-Up

Wow! Another June, another Challenge wrapped up! Errrrr…well I guess a portion of it has been wrapped up – The Challenge Part 2 will happen August 22-23, 2020. But Saturday saw the completion of our Disc Golf Pro Tour Silver Series and PDGA A-tier portion of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova.

The payout has all been PayPal/Venmo’d, the PDGA TD report has been submitted and PDGA fees paid (SoCal fees coming soon) and Goat Hill Park was cleaned up yesterday in record time. And I slept in a little bit on Sunday.

Anthony Barela and Ohn Scoggins are your 2020 MPO and FPO Champions for The Challenge! AB and 2019 Champion Thomas Gilbert battled through the second and third rounds, but Anthony birdied his last 10 holes to catch Thomas on hole 17 and then take the one shot lead over Thomas on the final hole. AB’s final round 13-under would have been the hot round of the tournament, but Clint Calvin’s 14-under 56 gave him the new course record and helped secure his third place finish.

MPO Top Finishers (L to R): Clint Calvin (3rd), Anthony Barela (1st), Thomas Gilbert (2nd)

Barela, Gilbert and Calvin all punched their tickets to Rock Hill for the United States Disc Golf Championship in October with their top finishes and were joined by fifth-place finisher Alex Lyon and sixth-place Sias Elmore (fourth-place finisher Philo Brathwaite had previously qualified for USDGC).

FPO Top Finishers (L to R): Jennifer Allen (2nd), Ohn Scoggins (1st), Hannah Stefanovich (3rd)

Ohn took home her first Goat trophy via a wire-to-wire win. She bested 2019 Challenge Champion Jennifer Allen by 2 throws in the first round (67 to 69), and the two matched scores in rounds 2 and 3 to lead two Ohn’s two throw victory. Hannah Stefanovich entered the final round in third place, two shots ahead of Brandie Myers. Brandie caught up to Hannah on hole 3 (on the UDiscLive leaderboard), but a 3-shot swing in Hannah’s favor on the windy hole 7 helped her secure the third-place cash.

We had two side contests based on UDiscLive scoring statistics: Thomas Gilbert won $50 for having the best Circle 2 putting percentage (35%), while Mason Royster, Braeden Moore and Ohn Scoggins will split the $50 set aside for the lowest OB rate – they each had only one OB for the entire event.

Based on the feedback I have received I think we had a pretty smooth event, especially given the logistical challenges posed by COVID-19. I want to thank all of the players and volunteers for their cooperation in helping us hold a COVID-aware and safe competition, with daily temperature checks, mask-wearing in public areas, social distancing and basket disinfecting by the players. I think we set the standard for other disc golf competitions to follow in this regard.
Many thanks to Innova Disc Golf for their continuing support of the challenge, from logistical and financial support to the beautiful Halo COVID Goat™ fundraiser discs that helped us add $4,000 to the pro payout. Innova, along with Mark Molnar and DiscGolfValues have been our biggest supporters since the start and it is greatly appreciated. Also appreciated is the support from Eli Ivy, John Ashworth and the staff at Goat Hill Park. We wouldn’t be able to hold The Challenge without their continued support of disc golf.

Tee signs for The Challenge at Goat Hill Park with Sponsor Logos

I had a star-studded cast of Tournament Director volunteers supporting The Challenge again this year. Bill Maury-Holmes, Mark Verrochi, Glenn and Maxine Duncan and Mike Reeves – thank you for your assistance and can-do attitude. Many thanks also to Jackie Chamberlain for her wonderful attitude checking players in and taking temps, AJ Risley for his help digging new treacherous pin positions for several holes and the Goat-a-Mid crew (Thomas, Steve, Joe, Drew, Cheeky, Mike, Rene and Spence) for their straw bale, pink string and basket pole replacing expertise. Also, many thanks to our many day-of course volunteers and UDisc scorekeepers – you helped the event immensely! And a big, big THANK YOU to Kristin Lee for the amazing photos she took on Thursday and Saturday and Shane Jonas for taking photos on Friday (I’ll have info in the sponsor post on where you can purchase photos from Kristin).

I am extremely pleased and proud of the disc golf competition that we held this week to kick off the re-start of the professional disc golf season. I will have a separate post soon with individual thanks to our other event sponsors, but I hope they already know they are well-appreciated.
I will begin working on the registration changes and updates for the B-tier side of The Challenge this week. Keep your fingers crossed that we’re able to play in August and expand the field a bit as well. Thanks!!!



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