Disc Golf Club Plans ‘Ice Bowl”

The Eugene Disc Golf Club (EDGC) and local disc golfers and fans are gathering at 7:45 am Saturday, Feb. 2, at Dexter State Park east of Eugene for the second annual Ice Bowl.

Entry fee is $20 and all proceeds will go to FOOD for Lane County. Last year’s inaugural Ice Bowl raised $2,020 and more than 1,400 pounds of food for the hungry. Tournament director Matt Benotsch notes that 26 percent of Lane County children are “food insecure,” one of the worst rates in the country. The local Ice Bowl is part of a national effort by disc golf organizations to raise money for food programs.

Benotsch says last year’s event in Cottage Grove drew 109 participants and he expects 135 to 150 this year. The event is also an opportunity for disc golfers to learn more about the three-year project under way to build an 18-hole disc golf course at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. The city approved the course in the fall of 2011 and it’s still under construction, but players got a preview last spring when temporary baskets were set up. The course is designed to not conflict with other uses of the park, such as the bike path.

More information can be found at eugenediscgolfclub.net or call 345-4155. The next meeting of the club will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St.