Greenville’s 2011 Ice Bowl took place on a cold, blustery Sunday, January 23, in Greenville, North Carolina. The weather was frigid throughout the day (16°F to 39°F), but the wind was only about 5mph, the sun was shining, and there was no snow on the ground—a great day for disc golf!
The 6th-annual Greenville Ice Bowl, which was held at West Meadowbrook Park, was a huge success. We had a field of 41 players, as well as a few people who weathered the cold simply to support the event. The first 36 players received a long-sleeved Ice Bowl t-shirt, and those last to sign up received a disc. The entry fee was $15 and $5 went to charity for a total of $205 raised. Tournament director, Todd “Pygmyman” Markov, got several local businesses to donate door prizes worth more than $250. Donating businesses were Beer Army, East Coast Music, Papa John’s Pizza, Dirty Dogs Dog Wash, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Wings Over Greenville, Professor O’Cool’s, and G-Vegas.
In the first round, players could buy extra shots for $1 if they threw a bad one or wanted to go for an ace. With this format, the Greenville Disc Golf Club (GVDG) was able to raise another $177 dollars in extra shots. The second round was played without extra shots, and the winner of each division received a limited edition Ice Bowl Full-colored Buzz disc. Overall winners were Jon Upchurch in the Open division, Mike Bonkosky in Masters, Blake Dahlem in Advanced, and Nick Morreale in Amateur. There were two aces in the second round by Chris Teague on #8 (134ft) and Kevin Gaskins on #14 (237ft) and the players spilt the $62 Ace Pool.
Between rounds we had a Chili Cook-Off. Six crock-pots fed players for free, and the winner of the contest, Adam Baker, took home the Ice Bowl Chili Cook-off trophy. This is a great way to feed a lot of players. The trophy was only $8 dollars.
Canned food raised for the NC food bank totaled about 40 pounds, and in addition to the food items, the tournament raised $688.70 for the North Carolina Social Services Association and the Thelma Jones Scholarship they award each year. Joel and Christian Smith of the Kinston Disc Golf Club brought some extra Ice Bowl items, which raised another $21.70 for charity.
Another helpful hand came from new supporter, G-Vegas and Beer Army. Beer Army put on a micro beer tasting event, which members of GVDG volunteered for. In exchange, Beer Army donated $285 to our Ice Bowl charities, as well as two $40 tickets to the event. Special thanks go to GVDG members Nicole Sutton, Mike “Waffle” Wathen, Chris Teague, Paul Jacobs, and Todd “Pygmyman” Markov, who volunteered their time.
Once again, GVDG would like to thank all of the people and businesses involved who made the 2011 Ice Bowl a tremendous success for local charities.