Impressive field for pro disc golf tournament |

Impressive field for pro disc golf tournament

Tim Parsons

The top disc golfers from the western region will be in town this weekend for the Mulligan’s Tahoe Challenge.

The professional tournament is expected to have a cash payout of more than $4,000, one of the more lucrative stop on the NorCal Series.

Geoff Lissaman of Grass Valley will be back to defend his 1997 crown. He’ll be joined by his twin brother, Johnny. Two years ago, Geoff Lissaman was second in the world championship.

The Lissamans will have plenty of competition in Tahoe’s fourth annual event at Bijou Community Park. The Rico family from Southern California is expected to be making their first appearance on the South Shore. Father J.R. Rico practically raised his boys on disc golf courses. Twenty-four-year-old Bamba Rico and kid brother Steven, 19, were among the top 23 money winners in the country last year.

“Lissaman has to be the favorite,” said Tournament Director Craig Getty. “The course is catered to Stevie’s game, but he hasn’t played it before, and Lissaman putts better than anyone in the country.”

There is no question who will be the women’s favorite. Defending champ Annie Kreml of San Francisco was second in the world last year.

Other notable pros who will compete are Jim Oates, Ken Halvorson, Harold Hampton and Mike Travers.

Two locals who could contend are Getty and “Super” Dave Pollock of Reno.

Despite rain this week, the dirt tees at Bijou are in decent condition. “With the help of our Tahoe Disc Golf Association, the course is looking the best it’s ever looked,” Getty said.

Last week, 114 amateur players competed for $3,354 in prizes in the Mulligan’s Tahoe Challenge. Getty expects more than 60 pros Saturday and Sunday.

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