Jacob flying high over Tahoe
Patricia Jacob wanted to take a relaxing California vacation, and today she’s floating on top of the world.
For coming from the farthest distance to the Tahoe Daily Tribune 1999 Disc Golf Tournament, the Orlando, Fla., resident was presented a hot-air balloon ride from Balloon ‘s Over Lake Tahoe. Then she posted a four-round score of 300 to earn a one-shot victory and win $300.
“My putting saved me so many times,” said Jabob, who became the first woman other than Anne Kreml to win at Tahoe.
Kreml, who despite playing with a back injury, led after two rounds. Jacob and Lill Jarrell of Sacramento were tied for second.
After three rounds, Jabob and Jarrell were tied for first.
Jacob, eighth at last year’s world championship, had trouble shaking Jarrell on the final nine.
“I thought we’d just be tied forever,” she said.
But a birdie finally gave her the lead, but just barely.
On the last two holes Jerrell’s putts were on line but fell short, hitting the post.
Jerrell, who has finished third at Tahoe three straight times, won $180. Kreml won $120.
Jim Oates of Orangevale, Calif., posted his third straight Tahoe victory in the masters’ (over 35) division.
Oates shot two 10-under rounds on the first day to give himself a lead over Johnny Lissaman, who a week earlier won the Super Tour Kansas City Wide open.
With the baskets in the long positions on the second day, the big driving Oates held onto his lead.
“Power definitely gave you a big advantage,” Oates said. “If you look at the top five, all but Johnny are long-drivers.”
Lissaman countered with accuracy.
“All of his upshots were hitting metal,” Oates said. “Finally he did sink a 200-foot shot.”
But the long course was too much to overcome for Lissaman, whose 23-under par left him four shots short of Oates.
Oates won $500, and Lissaman $300.
One home-course player placed in the money. “Super Dave” Pollock of Truckee tied for sixth to make $75. Pollock, Bijou’s defending Soup Series champion, shot a 5-under-par 265.
Mike Travers, who has competed as a grand master (over 45) twice at the world championships, played in that division for the first time on the NorCal series.
He shot a 7-under par to win $185.
Also on hand was the co-owner Innova, the company that supplied Bijou, and is supplying Zephyr Cove, with its DisCatcher baskets. It was the first time Tim Selinske of Rancho Cucamonga had seen the course.
The tournament was serenaded before the early rounds with a bagpipe performance from Paul McAfee.
Mayor Judy Brown welcomed the players at the opening ceremony.
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