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Disc golf enthusiasts brave the cold for charity at San Juan Basin Ice Bowl

Matt Hollinshead
Farmington Daily Times

AZTEC — Disc golf enthusiasts in the Four Corners braved the cold and snow for a good cause on Saturday, raising between $3,000 and $5,000 for charity during the first-ever San Juan Basin Ice Bowl at Tico Time River Resort north of Aztec.

“Regardless of the weather conditions, it has to take place. Two feet of snow, blistering winds, whatever the case may be… For us, that’s kind of the cause,” tournament director Jay Maas said.

All bundled up, approximately 67 competitors — from Farmington and Albuquerque to Durango, Colorado and Gunnison, Colorado —  methodically tossed their discs toward each basket, and they trekked down and across snowy embankments.

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Graham Butcher of Gunnison, Colorado throws his disc down the driving lane on the second hole during the 2021 San Juan Basin Ice Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Tico Time River Resort north of Aztec.

Maas said having yet another sanctioned disc golf tournament served as ample motivation for participants to get through each hole, and raising money for charity was that extra push.

Maas said the San Juan Basin Ice Bowl benefits the Ice Bowl Foundation, which has raised $5 million and billions of food donations since 1987. Maas said the proceeds go to ECHO Food Bank and ECHO Preschool.

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Darion Natonabah of Albuquerque tosses his disc toward the basket to complete the first hole during the 2021 San Juan Basin Ice Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Tico Time River Resort north of Aztec.

Participants had to follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing face coverings, keeping groups to five people or less and maintaining their distance. 

Drive-thru registrations were also set up, Maas said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports and business for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577, mhollinshead@daily-times.com and on Twitter at @MattH_717.

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