Disc golf in winter?

Published 9:15 am Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kurt Conrad of Cedar Rapids tees off Saturday at the Northwood Ice Bowl with a forehand throw. -- Mark Skellenger/for the Albert Lea Tribune

NORTHWOOD, Iowa — A contingent of three disc golfers got up early on Saturday morning, put on a lot of winter garments, then drove three hours from Cedar Rapids to Northwood.

Champion Drew Detert of Cedar Rapids makes a putt Saturday during the Northwood Ice Bowl, which raised money and food for a local food shelf.

Of them, Drew Detert won the Northwood Ice Bowl and Kurt Conrad tied for second place.

Bill Orozco of Mason City, Iowa, also tied second place.

Play in winter is unlike other seasons. Players know they won’t have the best footing, so they must use upper body form. They know a disc that dives down into the snow is more likely to be lost, which incurs a one-throw penalty, so they work even harder than in other seasons at keeping the discs level, perhaps even to benefit from skipping on a slippery surface.

And they must wear winter outfits that keep them warm and dry but don’t cause them to sweat too much inside. For every shot, the throwing-hand glove comes off (see photos). After the shot, they get the hand warm again.

Matt Sime of Alden cans a putt Saturday at the Northwood Ice Bowl while his dog watches.

Divisions were determined after the first round of play. Brian Wells of Rochester won the Advanced division; Tim Ouverson of Northwood won in the Intermediate division.

Mark Skellenger of Northwood organized the second annual Northwood Ice Bowl. It raised funds and food items for the Worth County food shelf.

Northwood Ice Bowl
Round 1: Swensrud Park – Ice Bowl (12 Holes), 12 holes, par 36
Round 2: Swensrud Park – Ice Bowl (12 Holes), 12 holes, par 36

Open
Player    R1    R2    Total
1    Drew Detert    36    32    68 / -4
2    Bill Orozco    35    34    69 / -3
2    Kurt Conrad    34    35    69 / -3
4    Matt Sime    37    34    71 / -1
5    Alan Cooper    37    35    72 / E
5    Ben Janssen    34    38    72 / E
7    Mike Jindra    35    38    73 / +1
8    Scott Peters    36    38    74 / +2
9    Chris Gorman    37    41    78 / +6

Advanced

Brian Wells of Rochester tees off Saturday at the Northwood Ice Bowl with a backhand throw.Player R1 R2 Total

1    Brian Wells    38    34    72 / E
2    Nick Perry    40    35    75 / +3
3    Greg Dye    39    38    77 / +5
4    Tim Engstrom    38    41    79 / +7
5    Derek Smith    39    41    80 / +8
6    Kory Krause    40    42    82 / +10
6    Nate Lovick    39    43    82 / +10
8    Andres Cardenas    39    –    39 / +3

Intermediate
Player    R1    R2    Total
1    Tim Ouverson    41    37    78 / +6
2    Daniel Sarasiomeyer    41    38    79 / +7
2    Rob Peil    41    38    79 / +7
4    Jesse Matton    43    38    81 / +9
5    Ryan Sanders    41    43    84 / +12
5    Tim Stumo    43    41    84 / +12
7    Dave Sime    45    44    89 / +17
8    Chad Hutzell    52    49    101 / +29

About Tim Engstrom

Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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