Ice Bowl draws interstate crowd of disc golfers

Mild weather meant it wasn't very icy, though.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Disc golfers from three states gathered a Jackson Park in Rapid City Saturday morning for the 18th annual Ice Bowl tournament.

Participants and organizers gather before the 18th annual Ice Bowl at Jackson Park in Rapid City Saturday. Photo Date: Feb. 2, 2019.

Participants and organizers gather before the 18th annual Ice Bowl.

However, with temperatures in the 60s, it may have been more appropriate to call it the Mud Hole.

Fifty-five disc golfers of all skill levels came from across South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming to participate in the tournament.

Prizes included Scheels gift cards, and a variety of closest-to-the-pin prizes.

The Ice Bowl is an international event. 192 tournaments will be held this year in the United States and Canada alone.

And the Ice Bowl has one very unique rule (which wasn’t really in play today):

“No wimps, no whiners,” said Ice Bowl Tournament Director Scott Caesar. “It’s not supposed to be ever canceled. We’re blessed with a beautiful day here today and we’re just going to take it. Basically, if you have really nasty conditions, you’re still supposed to play the tournament.”

Shorts were optional attire in the mild weather.

Ice Bowl tournaments benefit local charities. Rapid City’s Ice Bowl has raised more than $16,000 for Feeding South Dakota.

“We really appreciate events like this and people getting involved and helping us in all the different ways,” said Shawn Burke, development associate at Feeding South Dakota. “It’s terrific for folks to be able to show up, have a lot of fun together, and be able to benefit programs like ours. We’re very grateful for that.”

Ice Bowl events across the world raised over $350,000 for various organizations last year.

To learn more about the Ice Bowl, visit icebowlhq.com. For more information about disc golf in the Black Hills, visit www.blackhillsdiscgolf.com. To learn more about Feeding South Dakota and its programs, visit feedingsouthdakota.org.

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