On this day, round of golf takes 40 minutes
MEYERS – Perspiring golfers were on display on Wednesday morning at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.
Running instead of walking between shots can do that to golfers. Extreme golf led off Lake Tahoe Marathon week for the second straight year with the John Wilkins Memorial producing a repeat champion.
Darrell Schue of South Lake Tahoe reset the record score with a 7-over 73 and a running time of 48 minutes, 23 seconds for an overall score of 121.23. He won last year with a total of 132.
“You’ve got to pace yourself and slow your breathing down before you hit,” said Schue, the son-in-law of the recently deceased John Wilkins, who served as a volunteer for last year’s first tournament.
Players teed off in two-minute increments and were allowed to use three clubs. They could pass players ahead of them as long as they did so courteously.
Making Schue’s winning score more noteworthy was that he ran the 18 holes with a torn calf muscle.
“I figured I was going to walk,” Schue said. “The first three holes I could barely run and then it just loosened up and I was able to run from then on.”
Schue obviously took defending his title seriously.
“For the last two weeks I played a little bit with just two clubs and practiced my wedge from 150 (yards),” said Schue, who also carried a 6 iron and putter. “I’d hit a full wedge 150, but then I have to hit it 40, 60 or 70 yards.”
A string of nine straight pars, a couple of birdies and only one double bogey enabled Schue to pull away from the field.
South Tahoe High’s Chris Whatford ran the course like a freshman who was trying to get back to classes before anyone noticed. The 14-year-old Whatford, who received school approval to miss his first few classes, covered the 18 holes in 40:30. At the pace, he could have looped the course four or five more times before a course regular finished their round.
“I was focused more on the running. I probably took five seconds per shot,” said Whatford, a former South Tahoe Middle School cross country runner.
His 18-hole score of 89 gave him a total of 129.30 for third place, .30 behind runner-up Kevin Breen.
Wilson Johnson finished fourth at 129.50 and was followed by a quartet of South Lake Tahoe players: Stephen Reinhard, 135; Bill Smaine, 136.13; Reid Cocking, 138; and Pat Kern, 140.
Reinhard may not want to walk the next time he plays golf.
“I’ve never shot 14-over here,” he said. “I was really focused.”
Cocking, a point guard for the STHS basketball team, said that he became fatigued and struggled with his putting.
“I three- or four-putted everything because you’re so tired and that’s the only time you can catch your breath,” Cocking said.
Smaine, a first-time, came away a believer in the sport.
“It was awesome. It was an eye-opener the first time you have to sprint and then have to swing the club,” said Smaine, who posted the second-fastest time by finishing the course in 41:13. “I think everybody should come out and give it a try because it’s pretty even. If you’re a really good golfer and you’re not a super runner, you are gonna make up points. And someone who is a really fast runner is gonna make up a lot of time, like Chris. He probably made up about 10 minutes.”
With 11 more entrants than the first year, Lake Tahoe Marathon director Les Wright is confident that the event will continue to grow.
“This will catch on,” Wright said. “If we were doing this on the weekend, it would be a lot bit bigger. You have to catch the vacation crowd and people who can take off and cut school.
“Next year, Darrell had a good suggestion, tell people they don’t have to run it; they can come out and walk fast.”
And as one player put it, making golf a real sport.
john wilkins Extreme GOLF RESULTS
At Tahoe Paradise Golf Course
Place Player Score Time Overall
1. Darrell Schue 73 48:23 121.23
2. Kevin Breen 80 49:00 129
3. Chris Whatford 89 40:30 129.30
4. Wilson Johnson 80 49:50 129.50
5. S Reinhard 80 55:00 135
6. Bill Smaine 95 41:13 136.13
7. Reid Cocking 95 43:00 138
8. Pat Kern 92 48:00 140
9. Benjamin Weeks 84 57:00 141
10. Nan Wilk 94 52:00 146
11. David Edgar 100 53:00 153
12. Eric Houssels 96 57.10 153.10
13. Lorraine Segala 101 55:00 156
14. Jim Lhotka 113 47:00 160
15. Ed Turner 94 69:00 163
16. D. Wendelin 115 55:00 170
17. Judy Weeks 130 65:00 195
18. Jan Lhotka DQ 66:00
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