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Extreme golf returns to Tahoe

Jeremy Evans

Defending Lake Tahoe Marathon extreme golf champion Darrell Schue thinks the niche sport has potential. But he also said it has requirements that regular golf doesn’t.

“You’ve got to be physically capable of running 18 holes, so you’re going to preclude a lot of golfers right there,” Schue said. “From a golf standpoint, it’s difficult because you can only use three clubs. When you match that up with having a high heart rate from all the running, it’s very difficult to get your head and breathing in check to make a good swing on the golf ball. You don’t have a lot of time to think about things – if you’re going to score well.”

The second-year event kicks of this year’s marathon week on Wednesday at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course in Meyers. It’s the same venue as last year when Schue ran the course in 56 minutes and carded a golf score of 76 to finish with a combined score of 132.



The tournament, which attracted nine players in its inaugural year, is now titled the “John Wilkins Memorial.” It is named in honor Schue’s father in-law who passed away two weeks ago. Wilkins assisted marathon director Les Wright in adding the event to the marathon lineup for the first time in 2005.

Wright told the Tribune last year he envisions the event developing into a 54-hole tournament at all three courses on South Shore. Lake Tahoe Golf Course assistant general manager Kyle Blatnick said he has had preliminary contact with Wright, but adding his course to the marathon festivities hasn’t been officially negotiated.



“I have talked to him a couple times, but he’s never really approached me about making it an event here,” Blatnick said. “If it was a record-setting attempt at a world record, that’s something we’d consider. Obviously they would have to tee off early. We can’t have people running around the course when others are golfing.”

The history of extreme golf is hazy. The Web site http://www.extremegolf.com reports the sport originated in 1979, when Steve Scott finished a round of golf in 29 minutes, 30 seconds at Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim, Calif. Combined with his golf score, he carded a 95. Soon after, official rules were made.

In extreme golf, athletes can only use three clubs. Balls must be teed up on 18 holes and the golf course must measure at least 6,000 yards. Tahoe Paradise, an executive golf course with a 18-hole par score of 66, meets the final two requirements.

However, it seems unlikely that Wright will be able to expand the event to both Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, the only other 18-hole courses on South Shore.

“It would have to be at a place where you could accommodate that type of golf, and I think Tahoe Paradise is a perfect place for it,” said Edgewood head pro Randy Fox. “It probably wouldn’t work here. We have people paying $200 for an enjoyable day of golf. Even if the people teed of first, we can’t have people running into the guys mowing. The two wouldn’t mix.”

Lake Tahoe Marathon Lineup

Wednesday – Extreme golf

Thursday – Tahoe Triple Leg 1, 5-mile kayak, 9-mile kayak

Friday – Tahoe Triple Leg 2, 35-mile bike ride, 72-mile bike ride

Saturday – Tahoe Triple Leg 3, 10K run, half-marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Sunday – Kids fun run, 5K run

More info: http://www.laketahoemarathon.com.


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