Touring pros to stop in Tahoe this weekend |

Touring pros to stop in Tahoe this weekend

Tim Parsons

The best field of pro disc golfers in Tahoe tournament history are in town this weekend for the Tahoe Daily Tribune 1999 Disc Golf Tournament.

With momentum from the June 5-6 amateur, tournament director Craig Getty is anticipating a record crowd.

“Last year at this time we had 12 people signed up,” Getty said on Thursday. “Now we have more than 50. I am anticipating 70 to 80.”

Last year’s field of 44 included Grass Valley’s Geoff Lissaman, winner of 10 events last year, who was defeated by the long-driving Shawn Sinclair of Sonoma.

Lissaman and his twin brother, Johnny, are expected back this weekend, along with several other pros who competed in last weekend’s Kansas City Wide open.

Out-of-towners from Georgia, Florida, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Las Vegas and Southern California have signed up.

The 5-year-old tournament has grown by 20 percent each year. This year’s sponsorship is up 25 percent.

“Having such a prominent title sponsor brings in a lot of other sponsors,” Getty said. “The Tribune set the lead for the rest of the community.

This month’s amateur tournament had a payout of more than $4,000. The field was sold out with 136 players.

“Some players have told me it was the most organized event they have ever been to,” said Truckee’s James “Squid” Van Dale.

Tournament volunteers have been busy since the amateur event. Five new basket placements have been added, increasing the total to 68 on the 27-basket course.

There will be three rounds of 27 plus a final round of nine. Players will tee off at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

During the competition, the course will be closed to recreational players.

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