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Disc golf tournament kid’s play

At the young age of 16, Matt Halvorson has advanced to the ranks of pro division golf.

“I’m playing decent and having a lot of fun,” the Grass Valley native said between rounds on a Tahoe course. “But moving up to the pro (division) will be much more challenging.”

But Halvorson isn’t going to be enjoying the posh life of a country club setting complete with high-priced purses. He won’t even have a caddy to tote around his gear.



That’s because Halvorson is the champ of 1999 Tahoe Daily Tribune Disc Golf Tournament held at the Bijou Community Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Halvorson said his main strategy on the course is being consistent.



“Being accurate is a good skill, but consistency is a key thing here,” he said.

With just one throw separating him from second place, Halvorson had to stick to his words to keep his title as the winner of the Men’s Open Division.

Brian Morgan and Jim Ruger, both of South Lake Tahoe, had the home course advantage and came in 15th and 20th place, respectively, in the Open division.

In the Men’s Amateur II Division, Robert Wond stole the title and South Tahoe resident Tom Kent threw a respectable 13th place.

The Men’s Masters Division was taken by Ervin Copeland. Steve Newell, of South Lake Tahoe, shared his second place-finish with two nonresidents. South Lake Tahoe residents Tim Parsons placed fifth, Russel Wey eighth and Dan Thrift threw 14th out of 29 players in the Masters Division.

Prizes totaled more than $4,000 in disc golf merchandise and raffle prizes, including food coupons to area restaurants, hot air balloon rides and parasailing rides.

At more than 135 players, the disc tournament drew a healthy crowd. Some came from as far away as Idaho.

Craig Getty, a local disc golf enthusiast and organizer of the tournament, said the quality of the course had something to do with it.

“This is the third-ranked course in California,” Getty said. “We’ve got the challenging holes, the trees to make it technical and great scenery with mountain views.”

The course will host the Tahoe Daily Tribune 1999 Pro Disc Golf Tournament June 19 and 20. It is the fifth annual Pro Disc Golf Association tournament at the park since its creation five years ago.

Par for the 27-basket course is 81.


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