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Disc Golf Ice Bowl flies into Eagle

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The Disc Golf Ice Bowl in Eagle will go on rain, snow or shine on Feb. 28. No wimps or whiners are allowed.
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What: Eagle County Disc Golf Ice Bowl fundraiser.

When: Saturday. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Cost: $25, all of which goes to local charity Food Rescue Express.

More information: Visit http://www.flyingeagledisc.com.

EAGLE — The Eagle County Disc Golf Ice Bowl fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Disc Golf Course in Eagle. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Food Rescue Express of Edwards. Day-of registration opens at 10:30 a.m., closes at 11:30 a.m. and will be stationed in the fairgrounds parking lot. The players meeting will be at 11:45 a.m. with tee off to follow at noon. The entry fee is $25, 100 percent of which goes to charity. Advance registration is also available at the Flying Eagle Disc Society website, http://www.flyingeagledisc.com.

All players are welcome regardless of age, gender or ability. For those who’ve been thinking about checking out disc golf, the Ice Bowl is a good place to start because the emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition. There will be two divisions available: pro and amateur. The format will be random-draw doubles with some fun, individual hole rules throughout the course. Each player also receives three free mulligans to use during the round. Additional mulligans can be purchased before the round for $2 each or obtained by bringing specific, non-perishable food items (food list available on the club’s website). There will also be a closest-to-the-pin contest after the round with the proceeds going to the charity.

This year marks the return of the Eagle County Ice Bowl after a three year hiatus, last hosted by WECMRD at the fairgrounds in 2011. The 2015 edition will be hosted by the Flying Eagle Disc Society disc golf club with Food Rescue Express as the benefactor of the fundraising efforts.

Food Rescue Express provides a full weekend of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday) for low-income elementary school students in Eagle County Schools. The fundraising goal for this event is $1,000 and the donation goal is 100 pounds of food. Anyone who does not wish to play in the event but would still like to support the charity with either a monetary or non-perishable food donation can contact the club via email at info@flyingeagledisc.com.

The first Disc Golf Ice Bowl was held in Columbia, Missouri, in 1987. It was subsequently promoted as a day of disc golf solidarity in the gloom of winter by Disc Golf World, a disc golf sales and promotion company that is located in Kansas City. Official Ice Bowls are played at courses all over the United States and in Canada and Europe in a corridor that runs this year from Jan. 3-March 1. Each event finds a charity to support. The Ice Bowl charitable fundraising goal for 2015 is $325,000 worldwide. In 2014, over $300,000 was raised at 230 Ice Bowls. Last year’s leading fundraiser was the Mile High Ice Bowl in Denver that raised $20,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in procedure, pace and psychology. Instead of clubs and balls, disc golfers use specialized golf discs (smaller, heavier and aerodynamically superior to the Frisbees used for playing catch).

The Flying Eagle Disc Society disc golf club organizes recreational play all year long at the county and region’s many disc golf courses. For more information, visit http://www.flyingeagledisc.com, call 608-695-0121 or email info@flyingeagledisc.com.

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