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Women prove they can toss the disc , too.

Mary Thompson

While more than 100 men threw their discs in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 1999 Disc Golf Tournament last weekend, just 15 women signed up for the event.

But according to Neal Hoellwarth, regional coordinator for the Pro Disc Golf Association, this is one of the best turnouts for women ever.

“This is right up there as one of our top events,” Hoellwarth said. “And it’s definitely one of our top women’s events, if not the very top.”



Skill divided the women’s group with an Amateur Division and an Advanced Division.

No one from South Tahoe entered the Advanced Division, but the amateurs had a strong showing of local golfers.



The strongest – Gayle Vineyard.

Vineyard, who picked the sport up just five weeks ago, placed third on her home course.

“It’s all about drive and how far you can throw,” she said. “And I’ve got pretty good concentration.”

Another thing that Vineyard has is discipline.

“I’ve been playing two times a day for five days a week in the past five weeks,” she said. “I love the sport – it’s free, it’s outside.”

In the Advanced Division, Nancy Hendricks, of Sacramento, beat the runner-up by a remarkable 10 throws.

Finishing behind her was Cat Thall, also of Sacramento, who admired Hendricks’ putting ability.

“She’s a great putter, today and everyday,” she said.

Still, second-place finisher Thall managed to strike up the best round in the history of the tournament by completing the loop with a score of 82, just one over the par for the course.


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