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16th annual Huntington Ice Bowl disc golf tourney set for Saturday

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

 HUNTINGTON — On any given Saturday and no matter the weather you’ll find a die-hard disc golfer or two hurling the two courses crafted in the hills of Huntington’s Rotary Park.

 This Saturday, snow flakes or not, there will be dozens of hearty disc golfers tromping the hills for a couple rounds as Huntington Disc Golf Club presents the 16th annual Huntington Ice Bowl.

Check in is between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m., and tee-off is 9:30 a.m. at the original Rotary Park 18-hole course.

Entry fee is $25. Players receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and a mini disc. All proceeds go to the Huntington Area Food Bank.
   Players also get a free, hot lunch in between rounds at about noon.

   A world-wide event started 27 years ago by a disc golf magazine publisher, the Ice Bowl with a theme of “No Wimps, No Whiners” has ballooned into a wild winter series of events that raised nearly $300,000 and 79,173 pounds of foods for food banks around the globe in 2012.

  Since 1998 Huntington’s Ice Bowl has been one of the top ten fundraising bowls 11 times and one of the top five bowls seven times in the international Ice Bowl competition.

In 2010, the local Ice Bowl ranked as the No. 3 ranked international Ice Bowl in terms of money raised for local charities out of more than 222 Ice Bowls worldwide.

 Two-time world champion Johnny Sias, of Lavalette, said last year they had about 60 disc golfers come from all over the region to play in the Huntington Ice Bowl. Last year, Ice Bowls drew 13,481 players, helpers, and supporters.

On Saturday, Sias, who designed the two courses at Rotary Park, said the Ice Bowl will be played on the short tees of the original course (built in 1994) with the first round a singles round and the second rounded a seeded doubles round where the last place and first place finishers are paired together.

   All funds go to the Huntington Area Food Bank which serves nearly 100,000 people in 17 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. HAFB receives products from Feeding America, USDA, local donors, regional grocers, restaurants, farmers, food manufacturers and food processors.

 Read more about Saturday’s Ice Bowl in Friday’s Herald-Dispatch.