Peoria Frisbee Club Ice Bowl Tournament

By Alyssa Donovan

January 12, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.--This weekend's warmer weather made it a little bit easier for one group of athletes to get their head--and hands--in the game.

Although the 10th annual Ice Bowl may have not been the coldest disc golf tournament., it was the largest with 45 teams.

Also, these disc golfers were playing for a cause.

Tournament Co-Director Timothy Wright said, "All of the money we raised today will go towards the Peoria food bank."

Having that many people willing to play in the middle of January may be due to the weather or the rules.

"No whimps, no whiners, no excuses," Wright said.

For some of the players It's just about the experience.

"I enjoy being in nature and out here with my friends. When your at a tournament or a competition your playing with guys of your skill level," Bob Stasz of East Peoria said.

Professional Disc Golfer Grant Lonie said, "I need to keep working at it. There's a lot of people even in this local area who are up and coming."

Although there are plenty of players in this area. One disc golfer traveled over five hours for the tournament.

Brook White of Brookfield, Missouri started playing the game only last year.

"I came to Illinois over the summer and I saw some guys throwing plastic around and it just kind of excited me. So this was something I had to come back for," she said.

The tournament had several sponsors that donated raffle prizes for the event.

Wright said, "We're real fortunate to play a sport where everyone is so generous and kind."

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