WEST MILFORD In the warmest Ice Bowl in recent memory, 65 disc golfers competed on the 18-hole course at Browns Point Jan. 28. Through entrance fees and donations, the tournament raised $1,550 and food for local womens shelter, Strengthen Our Sisters.
The tournaments mens division ended in an unprecedented five-way tie. The playoff went on for five nail-biting holes, as one after another competitor was eliminated. Steve Brinster of Warwick, N.Y., and Craig Cutler of Ramsey were neck and neck with four consecutive birdies until Cutler hit a tree on the fifth hole and Brinster shot a two to secure the victory. (Just as in stick golf, disc golfs object is to traverse a course in the fewest number of throws.)
Parks supervisor Paul Reilly was instrumental in helping the disc golfers improve the course at Browns Point, contributing, among other things, stone dust to buttress tee pads and wood chips to soak up dampness on greens on fairways in the woods.
Usually, the golf course spreads out over frozen Greenwood Lake for this tournament. After two years of blistering cold or waist deep snow, it was too warm to play off the lake, said tournament Director Noah Blanchard of Highland Lakes. Although the course remained on dry land, golfers were allowed to play errant discs that landed on the lake, if they were really that committed. By days end, there were some muddy golfers.