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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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The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova (Part 2)

A-Tier Player Update – Thursday, 6/11/2020

[This content has also been sent to players via e-mail]

Hello Players!
We are one week out from competition!  There is a lot of furious work going on to get things ready for you.  I’ll be sending updates like this to you via email but I want you to know that you can also go to the tournament website ( or Facebook page ( for much of what I will send out via email.  Also, if you have photos to post about the tournament on Instagram, please tag our Instagram account (@thechallengeatgoathill).

Please understand that because of the short amount of time between receiving PDGA sanctioning and running the event, much is happening very quickly.  I don’t always have time to answer lots of questions (you want me to have time to calculate payout, right?) via e-mail, text, Messenger, phone call, carrier pigeon, etc., so please check the website/Facebook for info updates.
A few important points:

  • We are PDGA sanctioned, so you will be receiving round ratings and PDGA points.  CCDG will be filming, providing next-day coverage of the feature card with a full crew.  We have 5 USDGC invitations to award to MPO players.  Friens, family, fans can watch your progress real-time on
  • Goat Hill Park is open for disc golf play today (Thurs, 6/11/2020) and Sunday-Wednesday next week (6/14-17).  They are making a tremendous amount of $$ right now on golf, so I can’t get Friday or Saturday tee times.  YOU MUST SCHEDULE A TEE TIME BEFORE SHOWING UP.  Tee times are available via their website ( or by calling the Pro Shop (760-433-8590).
  • Tee times for competition next week will be 1pm-3pm Thursday, 12:52pm-2:52pm Friday, 6:52am-8:44am.  MPO cards will tee off first on Thurs/Fri, FPO will be first on Saturday.  Tee times will be posted on ( 24 hours before Thursday’s round and within 2 hours of previous day’s completion for Friday and Saturday.
  • We will be setting the baskets into tournament positions on Saturday.  FPO tee marker flags and paint will be placed on Saturday.  The Goat-a-Mids on hole #5 will be built on Saturday.  OB string will be run on Wednesday.  Before Wednesday, OB locations will be noted in the caddie book, which will be available in PDF form on Saturday.
  • There will be a “virtual players meeting” video posted online this weekend.  I will email the link to all players and post the link on the website and Facebook page.  Links to the caddie book, tee signs and event rules will be posted online and emailed to you.
  • THIS WILL BE THE FIRST WEST-COAST A-TIER RUN UNDER COVID RULES!!!  As such, PDGA and DGPT have guidelines for us to follow regarding social distancing and minimal physical contact.  These guidelines take into consideration current San Diego County Health Department (SDHD) rules.  These rules will be covered in the virtual player’s meeting and documents will be posted online.  However, here are a few important notes:
    • As of Thursday, 6/11/2020 at 12pm, we are not allowing caddies, because of group gathering restrictions by SDHD.
    • Players will be required to do UDiscLive scoring, in order to minimize transfer of paper scorecards (PDGA, DGPT)
    • We recommend that you warm up before arrival at the course.  Players are not to show up more than 15 minutes before their tee times.  There will be two practice baskets near the “Playground” area at the course.  Please social distance, do not use a practice basket more than 15 minutes before your tee time.
    • Wear a mask when in the vicinity of the Pro Shop or Starter’s tent.
    • There will be “buffer lines” painted around all tee pads and baskets. One player at a time within the buffer zones, please.
    • Failing to follow social distancing during play is grounds for a courtesy violation.
  • Payout will be by PayPal or Venmo.  We will ask for your preferred method next week. 

This turned out to be a bit more than a few notes…but please know that I am excited to be able to be a part of the re-start of the Disc Golf Pro Tour season!  I hope you enjoy your tournament experience next week – thanks for being part of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, driven by Innova!

Allen Risley, Tournament Director

New B-Tier Dates!

The PDGA has resumed sanctioned disc golf in California so we have new dates for the 2-day, B-tier portion of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova. Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, 2020 are the new dates.

We will not have the entire run of Goat Hill Park – field is limited to 100 players. There will be some changes to the event as a result of COVID-19 – no players party on Friday night and no post-tournament concert. We will make sure you receive the full value of your entry fee in greens fees, payout and player packs.

If you are currently registered…you are in. If you’re on the wait list, we will pull from the wait list to fill spots that have opened up. If you cannot make the August 22/23 dates or want to drop out for ANY REASON we will grant 100% refunds until we get within a week of the event.

NO ROSTER OR WAIT LIST MOVES WILL BE MADE UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 22. I am in the middle of organizing and running the first post-COVID shutdown sanctioned tournament on the West Coast – I need to focus on running the A-tier Challenge before I can deal with the B-tier roster.

My thanks to everyone who has stood by me and supported The Challenge as we have watched the calendar and the COVID counts: Innova Disc Golf, DiscGolfValues, Goat Hill Park, DGPT, PDGA and my kids. This has been a tough few months but we’re about to start the fun again!

So until June 22, make sure to watch CCDG’s coverage of the A-tier side of The Challenge and get ready…because the Goat is ready for YOU!

Allen Risley
Tournament Director
The Challenge at Goat Hill Park, Driven by Innova

Updated Course Map for The Challenge

Click here for a link to a new Google Map of the course layout. This layout has all tees, basket positions, mandatories, golf greens and hazard bunkers marked. Click on the tee markers to get hole distances, pars and elevation changes for each hole. Par from the back tees that MPO will play is 70, course length is 11,807 feet. Par from the front tees that FPO will play is 69, course length is 9,351 feet.

A pdf version of this map and individual hole maps will be made available on this page later this week.

Goat Hill Park – Map for The Challenge

Sponsor a Tee Sign!!!

We need tee sign sponsors! The MPO/FPO portion of The Challenge is two weeks away and we’ve got a lot of tee signs that need sponsoring. $75 per hole. PM this page or Allen Risley to pick a hole and arrange payment.

On some holes (2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17) this will mean you get 1 sign, because everyone plays from the same tee. On some holes (1, 3, 4, 8, 12, 15, 16, 18) it means you will get two signs, because some players will play from front tees and some will play from back tees.

Your sponsorship will help us pay for the cost of printing high-quality tee signs and printing a caddie book for use by players out on the course. Once the 2nd event is over (later this summer) we will make the signs available to sponsors.

Sample Tee Sign from 2019

Thank you for your support!

And thank you to our current tee sign sponsors!

Hole 1: Innova Disc Golf

Hole 9: Trees or Chains

Hole 13: The Dennis Keane Hole

Hole 18: Salty Disc Golf

Updated Fundraiser Disc Deal!


Thank you everyone for helping our Halo disc fundraising effort! All of the Innova Halo fundraiser discs with the “Challenge Me!” goat stamp have been sold! But we still have lots of discs for sale to help raise funds for the pro side of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park. The more fundraising we do between now and tournament time, the better the field we can draw.

We have a variety of Challenge Me discs available, most of them for $20 each:

  • “Transitional” (read: Swirly) Star Invictus (with the “COVID Goat®” stamp)
  • Luster Champion Whippets (COVID Goat®)
  • I-Dye Star Corvettes
  • Luster Champion TeeBirds
  • Flat-top Champion Firebirds
  • Echo Star Destroyers
  • Splatter Star Destroyers
  • Splatter Star Thunderbirds
  • Color Glow Champion Roc3s
  • Glow JK Pro Aviars ($15)
  • Glow DX Zephyrs ($15)

And throughout the month of June (until June 30, 2020), for each one of these discs you buy at the $20 price, you can add another two discs from the list below for an additional $5 each! These are discs that We have left over from the 2019 Challenge @ GHP or the Golden Sombrero Ice Bowl Series. There are only 1 or 2 of most of these, so if you’re interested, don’t wait too long to contact us! If you want to get some discs, email and please include your zipcode in the email so we can figure out shipping costs (via PayPal is, Venmo is @Rizbee. Here’s the list of $5 discs:

  • 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
  • 2019 Challenge Glow Champion Corvette
  • 2019 Challenge Color Glow Champion 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