Where Competition Rules


The Rob Hughes Birthday Golf Tournament is held in the first week of January each year to commemorate, well, my birthday.

Grand Prize Champions Through the Years:

  1. 1999 # 41 Chabot, Oakland – Jake
  2. 2000 # 42 Mission Hills, Hayward – Brent
  3. 2001 # 43 No Records
  4. 2002 # 44 Chabot, Oakland – Jake
  5. 2003 # 45 No Records
  6. 2004 # 46 Tilden – Rob
  7. 2005 # 47 Groveland – Richard
  8. 2006 # 48 Alameda North – Matt
  9. 2007 # 49 Lincoln Park, SF – Bro John
  10. 2008 # 50 Tilden – Matt
  11. 2009 # 51 Alameda South – Banks
  1. 2010 # 52 Lema Long, SL – Daryl
  2. 2009 # 51 Alameda South – Banks
  3. 2010 # 52 Lema Long, SL – Daryl
  4. 2011 # 53 Chabot – Daryl
  5. 2012 # 54 Willow Park, CV – Dale
  6. 2013 # 55 Groveland – Jason
  7. 2014 # 56 Chabot – Matt
  8. 2015 # 57 Alameda North – Jake
  9. 2016 # 58 Poppy Ridge, Livermore – Tim
  10. 2017 # 59 Callippe, Pleasanton – Daryl
  11. 2018 # 60 Wente, Livermore – Rob (the birthday boy himself)

2017 Results are in!

The rain held off, the course was soggy and it had a voracious appetite for all of our balls that plugged in the muck. Rob can attest that if you didn’t stand right over top of the ball your weren’t gonna see it. When you did lift your head up, the views from atop Holes 15, 16 and 17 were magnificent—west to The City and east to the verdant hills of Livermore.

Below are the final standings (HC in parentheses), gross scores (without the HC applied), and NET scores (with handicaps).

    1. GPC – Mark Childress (33) 95 (48+47) 62
    2. Bridesmaid – Tim Hale (25) 92 (44+48) 67
    3. Wanna Be – Jason Roberts (25) 99 (51+48) 74
    4. Woulda Been – Daryl Walker (10) 87 (43+44) 77
    5. Coulda Been – Mark Rose (32) 110 (57+53) 78
    6. Shoulda Been – Rob Hughes (27) 112 (53+59) 85
    7. Tweedle Dee – Jake Manzanares(25) 116 (58+58) 91
    8. Tweedle Dum – Dale Johnson (26) 117 (57+60) 91

We were off the course at ~1:00 and convened in the ClubHouse for libations, good honest ribbing and the typical hyperbolic inflation of the day’s great moments.

Tim won the closest to the pin prize with a lifetime best shot of 8’4” on Hole 17, the uphill 190 yard par 3 that historically psyches all of us out. Tim’s retelling of the shot, its flight, and how it ever avoided not going in the cup is indelibly etched in our minds.
Jason claimed the longest drive on the picturesque 15th Hole with a 200 yard tee shot. And finally, the longest putt went to Daryl on the 9th Hole with a putt of 32’3”.

But all glory on this day belonged to Mr Mark Childress. He was consistently knocking his approaches up onto the green or at least green side. And he did putt like a madman! Maybe it was the MoJo of last year’s psychedelic Jefferson Airplane SuperBowl teeshirt. Whatever it was, congratulations Mark, it was fun to watch you tear it up!… Realize though that now you’ve shown your true skill, I do believe the moniker of “Sand Bagger Vance” is yours forever.

Revelry continued at the after party/KickOff of the Super Bowl at Susan’s and Dale’s place. A raucous crowd of 14 to 15 folks plus three dogs ate, imbibed, shared lots of laughs and had a grand ole time. The Game? Outside of commercials and halftime shows, there were only a few paying scant attention to it. Our attention was captivated by catching up on stories, sharing time with one another, and ensuring that enough fun was had to repeat the event next year.

Dale F Johnson, PhD

Tim’s Five Club Invitational was originally the Six Club Invitational. Then we figured out that 6 was one club too many. The third annual event will occur around June of 2017. Under this format each player can select 5 clubs with which to play the entire round; clubs cannot be exchanged, shared, etc. The Grand Prize Champion is measured by medal score, typically with our handicaps applied. Such a format is a far cry from playing a course with 14 permitted clubs; restricting the event to 5 clubs puts an emphasis on skill, adjustment and crazy ass shots. The reigning champion from 2016 is **** (I dont recall)

Note: Daryl is the 2018 winner of the 4th annual 5 Club, played at Canyon Lakes on June 9. In fact we may want to change the tourney name to “The Daryl” since he’s won 3 of the 4 times its been played. Dale captured the crown in 2016 we think. See the final scores from the 2018 edition here.

Fall Classic 2018, Blue Rock Course, Vallejo, CA

The “JMT Tournament of Birthday Champions” began in 2004 and celebrated the occasion of Jason’s, Mark’s, Tim’s and as it turns out, Dale’s birthday. Rebranding it as the “Fall classic” around 2009 was Tim’s idea. The name change gave the event more general appeal with the added benefit of reflecting another fall classic, the world series. Usually played the first few weeks in October, the FC is distinguished by fine weather and scoring optimism, real or imagined, for an end of season showdown.

The Fall Classic for 2018 was played at Blue Rock, Vallejo the foggy Saturday morning of October 20. Twelve players, Daryl, Justin, Bro John, Rob, Mark, Jason, Marty, Dave, Stu, Tim, Doug and George competed on a hilly course with spectacular views. Daryl, once handicaps were calculated by club scorekeeper Mark, walked off with a narrow victory over 2nd place and 3 shots back, Rob Hughes, followed 5 shots back by Tim. Well done laddies!

Results from the 2018 5 Club Tournament

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The origin of Chabot Golf Club, according to club historian Rob Hughes, began around 1982 and was named the Nor-Cal/Chabot Disc Golf Club. Rob, Jake, Jason and Brent loved disc golf and played whenever possible, often doubling as babysitting duty with small children in tow. Soon we enticed others to join our decidedly bohemian outings and competed on select Bay Area courses.

The group slowly evolved to “Ball Golf” sometime in the late 80’s, early 90’s, though as of this writing, the specifics of the transition are hazy. It perhaps occurred from a desire to try something new and more socially popular. We played both games for a time and eventually decided the classic game presented more of a challenge and served to expand the participation of others. The group expanded, mostly from the social circles of Rob and Jake, which largely brings us to the present day.

Annual tournaments keep the group connected, with many foursomes in between. A recent transition to a handicapped scoring system has expanded our list of tournament winners, and new players brought in by current club members are heartily welcome, ringers excluded!

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