One thing is certain about the Ice Bowl: It will not be canceled.
The Columbia Disc Golf Club will be holding its 20th Annual charity match Saturday, and as tradition dictates, snow or inclement weather will not be an impediment.
Member Alex Dadant said he played in the first ever Ice Bowl, in five inches of snow. Now on cold days, he wears layered clothing because bulky winter coats interfere with his throwing motion.
Nothing, however, will prevent this intrepid bunch from having a good time. The competition, club officer Mark Ehlert said, is good-natured and friendly. Although prizes are given out for top finishers, many in the group are just there to have an enjoyable time.
“Disc golfers are a friendly bunch of people,” Dadant said. “They’re out there for the fun of it.”
Club officer Keith Amerson said the feeling among the golfers is familial.
Among other awards handed out at the end of the competition, the winner of the event will be taking home a rather unique conversation piece: an ice bucket trophy. The trophy represents the nature of the Bowl, Ehlert said.
“The Ice Bowl, I think, is a little more laid-back and more casual,” said Elhert, who has played disc golf for 20 years, five of those with the club.
Ehlert said he was hoping to get about 30-50 golfers to participate this weekend. Some golfers will be coming from different clubs to play competitively. Four men’s divisions (ranging from a pro/open division to an amateur division) and one women’s division are planned.
The Ice Bowl will be played at Oakland Park off of Blue Ridge Road. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and golfers will play two rounds. After alunch break, score tabulation, and the trophy handout, it should end at approximately 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per participant and food donations are welcomed.
Most of the proceeds from the Ice Bowl are to be used to cover the cost of the event. The rest will be given to the Community Harvest Food Pantry. This year in Missouri and across the nation, other Ice Bowls will be held to raise money for local charities. Nationally, the effort raised over $125,000 in 2005.