The 8th Annual Fox Valley Metro Ice Bowl

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On January 25th, 2014, 63 players attended the 2014 Ice Bowl in Oswego, Illinois.  It was a cold & blistery day but this didn’t stop these participants from playing 27 holes in all (18 first round and 9 for the second).  Because of the 25mph or more winds I decided to spend most of my time photographing in the woods.  By the time the second group passed through on hole 14 the sun was shining and began to melt what ever ice was left on the tee pads.  Other than a few holes out in the open, the tee pads were great.   The week before the tournament we received several new layers of snow which, of course, brought on some ice build up as well.  Thanks to some volunteers who spent the week prior to the event prepping the tee pads, these disc golfers were able to safely stick to their normal x-step routine if desired.

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Tournament central was located indoors at the Oswego Park District building; which my frozen nose was especially thankful for after the first round.  As players gathered after 18 holes they were greeted with a warm lunch and CTP prizes (for every hole) lined up for the winners’ taking.  Although most of the disc golfers out there could be considered “die hard” for disc golf, the overall vibe I received as players were finishing up their 9 holes the second round was that they were happy to just about done.  Even though the sun was shining, the temperature continued to drop as the day went on and the winds were persistent all day.

Most players stayed for the raffle which consisted of prizes such as:  Voodoo Disc golf bags, gift cards to local pizza places, a free “ride along” and lesson in flying with a local pilot in his private plane, game ticket vouchers for multiple Chicago teams, fishing tackle boxes, autographed disc from touring professionals, autographed football from the NIU Football team, and so so much more!

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Randy Moore receiving the Fox Valley Spirit Award. Thanks for everything you do! All year round.

This years Ice Bowl donations will go to the Kendall County Food Bank and while I am awaiting the final numbers on the amount of money and canned goods raised, I will get the photos posted online! {{ They can be viewed at DiscGolfPhotography.com and a handful will be posted on my facebook page }}

Thank you everybody for your hard work and pulling off yet another great Ice Bowl!

Click here for the Tournament results!

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A preview to the 2014 Ice Bowl!

It’s that time of year again.  For some of us, the word “Ice” in Ice Bowl actually pertains to the current winter weather conditions.  For others who are enjoying 50 to 60 degree temperatures right now, it doesn’t.  Cold temperatures, snow covered fairways, and high winds are expected at my local Ice Bowl in Oswego, Illinois lead by the Fox Valley Metro Disc Golf Club.  Everyone attending tomorrow will be reminded of the Ice Bowls slogan: “No whimps – no whiners!” and will be fully prepared for the elements the day will bring.  Players will participate in one round of 18 holes in the morning and 9 holes in the afternoon; both of which are unsanctioned.

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{ Above photo from the 2012 Fox Valley Ice Bowl }

Every Ice Bowl that is held in January & February is a push to raise funds for fighting hunger.  Money & food raised for this years Ice Bowl at Eagle Ridge/Civic Center will go to the Kendall County Food Pantry.  There have been numerous sponsors and people stepping up for cash donations for this years Ice Bowl which is reflected in the awesome players packs, free lunch, and large raffle of prizes!  Click here for a full list of sponsors.  The Fox Valley Ice Bowl held on 1/12/2013 raised a stunning $5,885 & 200lbs of food!  The coordinators of this years Ice Bowl have been working hard on getting their biggest list of sponsors to date!

I will be attending tomorrow’s Ice Bowl in Oswego to capture the event – look for photos and a new blog post in the near future!

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