Mountain Run Disc Golf Club will host a charity disc golf tournament on January 6th at Spilman Park in Jeffersonton, VA. The event will raise funds and awareness for the Culpeper Food Closet, an outreach mission of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church that provides food and some personal care products to Culpeper families and individuals in need. This charity event is sponsored by Martin’s Foods of Culpeper, who has generously donated several prizes for the tournament. Disc golfers, both experienced and those new to the sport, are invited to register at https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/MRDGC_Jesters_Ice_Bowl_2018, $25 for amateurs, $30 for advanced players.
The tournament, called the MRDGC Jesters Ice Bowl, is the second of its kind; the first was held back in February of 2016. “We had a small group of participants, 27, and were playing on a temporary course at Spilman Park, set up just for the occasion,” said Dennis Lutero, the President and founder of Mountain Run Disc Golf Club. The club raised $300 and collected 130 lbs of food items. “We’re hoping to hit a “personal best”, beating our last Ice Bowl in number of participants and donations to the Food Closet.” Ice Bowls hosted by disc golf clubs have a history dating back to 1987. The first Disc Golf Ice Bowl was held in Columbia, Missouri, the vision of Ice Bowl founder Rick Rothstein. 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 from January 6th to February 25th this year. Each event finds a charity to support. In 2016, over $357,000 was raised at 225 Ice Bowls around the world.
Mountain Run DGC is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “share the wonders of disc golf with Culpeper County” and the surrounding Virginia Piedmont region through a variety of ways, including demonstration days, tournaments, and course development. Mr. Lutero founded the club in 2014 when he fell in love with the sport of disc golf and realized there were no courses in Culpeper County or any of the surrounding counties for that matter.
The club partnered with Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department, and Spilman Park was selected as an ideal location for a course. The County applied for and received a grant from the PATH Foundation to purchase the materials needed for an 18-hole disc golf course. Club members, along with the generous help of a team of men from the Culpeper LDS Church, installed the course in the fall of 2016. The disc golf course has been in use for about a year, and judging by the number of cars in the parking lot on any given day, the popularity of the new course, as well as the popularity of disc golf, continues to grow in Culpeper County.