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Everybody wins at disc golf tourney

Tim Parsons

You don’t have to be a winner to win Saturday at Bijou Community Park.

Prizes will be awarded to every participant at the third annual Disc Golf Fall Fun Tournament. With a prize list totaling a value of nearly $1,800, the $5 entry fee appears to be quite a worthy investment.

“Nobody’s going to go home empty handed,” said Russ Thaw, a city maintenance supervisor who began constructing the course in 1993.

For those unfamiliar with the game, those yellow and blue contraptions spaced across the park are not bird feeders or sculptures. They are baskets that are the equivalent to holes in ball golf. The beauty of the game is that anyone who can throw a disc, or Frisbee, can play. And with lottery format for prizes, everyone has a equal chance of winning.

“Two years ago the woman who won the senior citizens’ division ended up winning the grand prize, a hot air balloon ride over the lake,” Thaw said.

Again, Balloons over Lake Tahoe is donating the grand prize. There are more than 70 merchants who are giving away prizes this year. Also to be given away Saturday are boat cruises, diamond earrings, golf passes and gift certificates to stores and restaurants.

“Credit is really due to the sponsors who have been very generous,” Thaw said.

While the emphasis will be on fun, scores can be recorded and there will be winners from five divisions – novice, juniors, seniors, amateurs and pros. Prizes of equivalent value will be awarded in each division.

At the very least, each participant will receive a new disc, which normally cost $8.50.

Led by course pro Craig Getty, the course has been dramatically upgraded this summer. There are five new baskets, bringing the total number of tournament approved yellow baskets to 18 on the 27-basket course. And two more new baskets will be installed before winter.

Last week, the “Front Nine” was partially redesigned by Getty and the newly created Tahoe Disc Golf Association.

“We have the opportunity here, because of the beautiful scenery and the area its in, to have a championship course,” Getty said. “With the redesign, it really suits all types of players.”

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