Parsons grabs first disc golf win
South Shore disc golf guru Tim Parsons rebounded from some tough holes at the Motherlode 2000 amateur disc golf tournament to earn his first-ever win Sunday.
“I won because I shot really well the first three rounds,” said Parsons, of Christmas Valley, the architect of Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s Discwood course who also helped build the Bijou and Zephyr Cove courses. “I just held on in that last round. I putted as well as I have in a tournament the first day.”
The tournament moved from Saturday’s two opening rounds, at Penn Valley, Calif., to Grass Valley, Calif., for the final two rounds. Parsons was playing among the six-member leaders group in the nine-man advanced masters division, but hadn’t made his move. Then, after struggling through the first six holes with a 5-over-par performance, he came through with a minus-4 over the last four holes of the first day to key his +3, 219 total in beating Roger Whitestone of Grass Valley (+7, 223).
“I got in a groove and shot a solid round,” Parsons said. “Really, my best golf was my first round after the first couple of holes. Then in the second round, it took me a while to get loose.”
For winning the tournament’s 40-and-over men’s division, Parsons won $170 in disc golf merchandise. South Lake Tahoe’s Russell Wey (+11, 227) was third in the advanced masters division.
“Nobody ever really got in or out of it,” Wey said of the lead group, which stayed the same both days. “There was a lot of shuffling around, but Tim made his move on the first round of the second day.
“Tim was real consistent,” Wey said. “He just stayed real focused, took his time and tried to make every shot.”
Competitors in the 120-person tournament had to battle the conditions both days. Sunday’s rain before the last two rounds turned into a heavy mist by the time play started. Still, the speed rules allowed the competitors – who numbered 30 more than last year, and according to director Mike Travers, probably will represent the event’s biggest amateur field – to motor through quickly.
“It worked out really well,” Travers said. “The players did a good job of handling the large crowd.”
The Motherlode 2000 pro tournament will take place in three weeks. In last year’s pro tourney, 12 of the 20 top disc golf players in the world competed. Meanwhile, South Shore disc players are preparing for the Tahoe Daily Tribune 2000 Disc Golf tournament, the first event in the five-event Lake Tahoe series. The amateur division of the Tribune tournament is June 10-11, the pro June 17-18.
Parsons will be the tournament director when the Lake Tahoe series stops at Kirkwood. He expects players like him to be more common fixtures on the winners’ podiums.
“I think you’re going to see a lot more players from Tahoe winning these tournaments on the Nor Cal Series and other regional tournaments,” he said. “I learned how to play up here, and Tahoe, with our great courses, is just going to develop more players who are going to win more tournaments.”
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