Egan 25th in world |

Egan 25th in world

Steve Yingling

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune Matt Egan of South Lake Tahoe poses with his 2005 Pro World Championship stamped golf disc. Egan tied for 25th place at the weeklong tournament in Allentown, Pa.

What does it take to beat the best in the world? For disc golfer Matt Egan it took his doting family in Bethlehem, Pa., to overcome the sweltering conditions at the 2005 Pro World Championships.

The South Lake Tahoe man overcame a bout of heatstroke to become the first local competitor to finish in the money – 25th – at the recent world championships in Allentown, Pa.

“It was the hottest it had been in 60 years and I got heatstroke on third day,” Egan said. “Just for me to finish the tournament was my goal at that point. My aunt Dorothy (69) was hiking the courses better than I could.”

With his sister Maggie and cousin Mike caddying for him and carrying an essential supply of water, ice and Gatorade, Egan was able to overcome temperatures in the mid-90s with 80 to 85 percent humidity.

“If wasn’t for my sister, I never would have finished the tournament,” Egan said. “Some people didn’t play the second round one day because it was that tough.”

Players who made the cut for the entire week’s play were required to play 36 holes on Monday and Wednesday and 18 holes on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Egan finished 5-over par to tie for 25th place out of 60 competitors and earn $100 in the pro masters division.

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“I guess I was lucky to do as good as I did,” he said.

Egan’s performance wasn’t been lost on the local disc golf community.

“He’s done better than any other Tahoe pro disc golfer at worlds,” said former pro Tim Parsons of South Lake Tahoe.

Nate Doss of Santa Cruz captured the open division title to win $5,000. Doss recently won a tournament in South Lake Tahoe. Richmond’s Anni Kremel, a multiple winner of the annual tournament in South Lake Tahoe, won the pro masters women’s title by 18 shots and collected $800.