LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – No wimps. No whiners. That is the motto for the Wabash Disc Golf Clubs Annual Ice Bowl.
“You just kind of get out here and brave it and have a good time,” said disc golfer Jeremy Johns.
The tournament is part of a national event that has been drawing hardcore disc golfers to Murdock Park for the last five years, but the event does more than test the tolerance of golfers. Ice Bowl participants said they are “freezin’ for a reason”.
“There’s nothing but charity involved in helping to feed your neighbors, so that’s why I’ve always been a big supporter of the Ice Bowl series,” said tournament coordinator Steve Chino.
The entry fee is $15 plus 15 cans of non-perishable food, all of which goes to Lafayette Food Finders Food Bank. Amy Gaulkey, Food Finders Assistant Director of Marketing and Development, said last year the tournament raised enough donations to provide 2,400 meals to people in need.
“I think it’s really amazing to see that passion from these people. They’re out here to play and have fun and help a good cause. It’s just incredible,” said Gaulkey.
It may take some dedication to come out and brave the winter weather, but the benefits of the Ice Bowl far outweigh the challenge and can make for a much more interesting game of disc golf.
“Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes, it’s frustrating, sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s a pain, and sometimes it’s painful depending on the wind and cold,” said Gaulkey.
No matter how miserable the conditions, it is the thought of who will benefit from the Ice Bowl that keeps golfers coming back each year.
“It’s for a good cause and I think that’s why I do it the most,” said Johns.