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Disc Golf Getting Popular at DeBell

Lissa Buzzelli is a Burbank High graduate who grew up in town playing many sports. Golf wasn’t one of them and she didn’t know much about DeBell Golf Club until just a few years ago.

Now she is not only a familiar face, but a big fan of a fast-growing game that is played on DeBell’s short course on Sunset Canyon Drive.
Buzzelli is hooked on disc golf.

“I started playing about two and a half years ago. A friend of mine introduced us to it for fun,” said Buzzelli who graduated from Burbank High in 1981. “Sports has always been in life. So when she said this is a sport that anyone can play, I immediately got hooked. It is the same thing as golf except you are using discs.”

Buzzelli said she had been playing twice a week at DeBell, but has cut back to once a week as a result of Covid-19.

Disc golf has been around at DeBell since 2012 when a joint effort by the operators of DeBell, the City of Burbank and Innova Champions Discs installed the necessary equipment to make the course playable.
DeBell General Manager Jeff Hastings said the sport has become more popular recently.

Lissa Buzzelli gets ready to throw her disc. Photo courtesy Lissa Buzzelli.

“Since we opened up again after our shutdown due to COVID-19, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in disc golf play, up nearly 150 percent versus previous years,” Hastings said.

Hastings said his staff is willing to help anyone who wants to learn about it.

“Disc golf provides a great respite for those looking to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise all while being able to socially distance. We’ve seen an influx in new disc golfers as well,” he said. “Our staff is extremely knowledgeable, and we focus on creating a great experience for our guests. Therefore, we are here to help with any questions that new disc golfers may have with regards to how to play, rules, and some tips on how to become a better player.”

Buzzelli said one of the things that attracted her to the sport is the unpredictability.

“You never have the same game because you are out there with the condition. It is a fun sport and I love that it is growing quite a bit,” she said.
The sport has just a few courses in the Los Angeles area that are strictly for disc golf. Buzzelli said the first course created in California is the Oak Grove Course at Hahamonga Watershed Park, which is across the street from La Canada High School and adjacent to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. There are also disc golf courses in Whittier and Long Beach.

Now that she has played in a few tournaments and become hooked on the sport, Buzzelli said she is learning the finer points of the game.

“You are using your body and there is a special technique to throw the disc. It’s not just Frisbee,” she said, noting that the equipment is not nearly as expensive as it is for regular golf.  “It is discs that are designed and cut just to play the sport.  You have drivers for long distance. You have mid range and you have putters.  The putting is heavier and more stable and you just fly straight because you are putting from close range.  Mid range it can only go so far and a driver you have it cut thin so it cuts through the wind or air when you throw it right.”

Lissa Buzzelli and friends playing disc golf at Dodger Stadium. Photo courtesy Lissa Buzzelli

Buzzelli said finding the right discs are no different than getting the right golf clubs.

“You have to find what works best for you. There are so many discs,” she said. “Your arm speed matters, your technique matters and that disc may not work for you so you keep trying other discs until you find the one that works.”

Hastings said next month DeBell will host a “Virtual Disc Golf League.”
The league will consist of two practice rounds and four league rounds. Players will be put in to brackets based upon their practice round scores. The winners will be determined at the end of four weeks of league play. Scores will be submitted online and players will have a month to complete their four league rounds.

Disc golf fees at DeBell are the same as for regular golf on the Par 3 course. They are $5 for adults on weekdays and $3 for non-Burbank resident juniors. On weekends, it is $7 for adults and $5 for non-resident juniors. It is always free for Burbank juniors.
For more information, call (818) 845-0022.


Corby Segal Wins Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship at DeBell Golf Club

Corby Segal of Burbank (center) is presented the trophy for the 2012 Burbank City Amateur Championship by DeBell’s Head Gold Professional Joaquin Herbozo (left) and DeBell’s Director of Golf, Scott Scozzola (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

The 2012 Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship was captured by Corby Segal who shot a three-day total of 205 (68, 72, 65). He dominated the field winning by eight strokes. Jonathan Taylor finished in second with a 213 (75, 67, 71). Defending champion Jon Levitt placed fifth with a score of 218 (72, 69, 77).

Matt Johnson of DeBell Golf Club works on the leaderboard results of the 2012 Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

More than 35 players competed for the trophy.

“I felt really positive about it. It was a well run event,” said Scott Scozzola, Director of Golf and Tournament Chairman at DeBell Golf Club. “The numbers have grown over the years and it’s great to see that. It’s a competitive tournament in Burbank.”

The Championship Flight is an open flight (no age limit, men or women) conducted over 54 holes. There were 36 qualifying holes on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 and the low 32 and ties played the final 18 holes on Sunday, October 21.

Here are the final scores of the Championship Flight:


Segal, Corby687265205
Taylor, Jonathan756771213
Livesay, Guy706975214
Shou, Joshua757168214
Levitt, Jon726977218
Rodriguez, Jacob727868218
Fukaya, Etsuyuki766776219
Baker, Don727771220
Gillenwater, Lorenzo767569220
Valerio, Bob747572221
Forrester, Greg766879223
Pouliot, Dan747673223
Shonka, Leonard717577223
Desario, Greg797174224
DeSilva, Kyle787472224
Amirkhizi, Brennan767476226
Hall, Cody807274226
Harper, James757874227
Kim, Eric747578227
Lako Losarah, Tongun727481227
Overton, Andy737975227
Danzeisen, Kelsey747976229
Michals, Jerry717880229
Smith, Sean767479229
Thomas, David777478229
Wagner, Steve797676231
Taylor, McCauley767878232
Kras, Dan767879233
Osment, Michael757979233
Ojeda, Clayton768080236
Dougherty, Steve817483238
Peters, Tony787882238
Giapapas, Ernest807688244

Individual Gross Summary

Ladies Flight Gross

RankScore Player
1176Eriko Hirano
2193Sandra Pessaro
3202Katherine Thompson
4226Barbara Osborn

Individual Net Summary

Ladies Flight Net

RankScore Player
1162Katherine Thompson
2163Sandra Pessaro
3166Eriko Hirano
4180Barbara Osborn

Individual Net Summary

Flight A (5-8 HDCP)

RankScore Player
1134Jeff Fitch
2138Sam Mollaun
3149Douglas Daniel
Michael Harnett
5154Evan Winograd
Rob Moore
7155Kevin Brown
8160Brian Duensing
9161Martin Colbert
10166Tranquilino Bangis
11178Brian Czerniak
1277Paul Kerdpinyo

Individual Net Summary

Flight B (9-12 HDCP)

RankScore Player
1138Tony Ballesteros
2139Michael Gitomer
Mericio Ortega
4143Lee Scott
5146Eric Limcaco
6148Thomas Hart
7150Jerry Piro
Tim Clark
Brandon Shafer
10151Curtis Woolley
11152Fred Gatlin
12153Scott Hess
13155Shaheen Ahmed
14160Robert Gunnell
15162Michael Cooper
16164Dan Challgren
17166Norman Cuttler
18170Roel Astacaan
19171Noly Ancheta
2088Bill Anderson
2195Adam Younger

Individual Net Summary

Flight C (13-16 HDCP)

RankScore Player
1132Partha Rangarajan
2141Stan Dubois
3145Joe Kronlund
4147Steve Blackman
Jim Munyon
6149Carlos Casanova
7151Robert Glaessner
8152Cliff Skillings
9154Mark Muir
Steve Frohmuth
11158Kevin Jenney
12168Enrique Benitez
1367Kevin Bartley

Individual Net Summary

Flight D (17-20 HDCP)

RankScore Player
1147Michael Valentino
2148Mike Machado
3150Richard Trejo
4153Raymond Cappocchi
5160Neil Staff
6173Ronald Hansen
7177Alex Alvarez
8188Jose Rivera