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Disc and Dig Tournament coming to South Shore June 7-8

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Two popular Lake Tahoe summer sports — volleyball and disc golf — come together in the second annual nonprofit Disc and Dig Tournament set for June 7-8 in Zephyr Cove.

Tournament organizer Mike Plansky said it is the first of its kind to tie the two sports together. The tourney is modeled after a successful effort in Santa Cruz which combines four-person beach volleyball with a four-person scramble of conventional golf.

Plansky’s event calls for two-person teams for both sports, or participants may choose to enter into a draw for three-person teams, based on a self-rating system of ability.

“Last year, the idea was to get cross-fertilization of interest in both sports,” Plansky said, “because they are outdoors, free and many people enjoy them both.”

The tourney also includes a music festival featuring up to three bands at Zephyr Cove on June 7, with one confirmed: R.J. Explosion of San Francisco. Also that Saturday, Tim Weaver will demo his world champion frisbee dog for participants. To emphasize the environmentally friendly attitude, 10-12 booths will be occupied by organizations with environmental causes such as solar power, the Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District and a native plant nursery, among others.

Plansky reports that 75 percent of the profits will go to Marine Research and Education, Inc., an organization that promotes conservation through education for students kindergarten though 12th grade in the South Lake Tahoe area.

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“We had 36 (participants) out last year, but it was very cold and windy,” he said. “This year, I’m expecting 60-80.

“This tournament is relaxed,” Plansky said. “You have one leisurely round (of disc golf) and that’s it, so you don’t have to worry about the round coming right behind you. I expect there will be a lot of first-timers.”

A barbecue follows the rounds of golf and prizes will be awarded not just to the winning teams but to all participants. About 40 area businesses have donated a number of items to be given out following the event. Logo discs and hemp T-shirts will be available for sale in order to increase the fund-raising potential.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to raise a lot of money for these guys, because it’s one of the best causes up here — investing in our kids,” Plansky said.

Rick Krantz, owner of Tahoe Hemp Company, will participate in the event again this year after helping out with the inaugural tourney.

Krantz’s store sells discs for disc golf and he also enjoys playing the sport.

“It’s a good way to interact with the beauty of our Tahoe surroundings and also have some light competition among friends,” he said. “It’s also a nice walk through the woods, basically combining hiking with a cool sport.

The cost to register is $40 on the day of the event, or $35 beforehand.

For more information or to register, contact Plansky at (775) 588-8071. The tournament information can also be accessed online at http://www.discndig.org.