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Beware of flying discs

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunA variety of discs in an array of colors and designs lie ready for purchase at The Sports Exchange on West River Street in Truckee.
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Dont plan on a leisure practice session on the disc golf course at Truckee River Regional Park Saturday. It will be swarming with competitors.But for those feeling confident in their disc-flinging ability, theres still room to enter the Open-Am Disc Golf Tournament.Its kind of a locals tournament, but it will probably draw people from an hour to an hour and a half out of town, said Brent Cutler, owner of The Sports Exchange and organizer of the tournament. But its mostly locals.One local resident to keep an eye out for is Brian Lipe, who by all likelihood will be the largest and easiest competitor to spot in the crowd. Lipe fresh off a fourth-place finish in the advanced masters division of the PDGA Amateur Disc Golf World Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. last month would not offer any haughty predictions as to how he would place.Its all in good fun, he said. I just want to wish everyone luck.Lipe said because the majority of the competitors will be from the area, and thus familiar with the course at Truckee River Regional Park, nobody holds much of an advantage. Plus, Lipe said, he suspects that event organizers might change the location of the baskets Saturday morning, to keep the field honest.If Lipe plays as well as he is capable of he has shot a 10-under on the course and estimates about 20 holes in one he should be a contender.Jeff Krebill, a 12-year resident of Truckee who moved to Orcas Island in Washington a week ago, is home for the tournament and is another safe bet to be among the top players. Krebill made the trip along with Lipe to the championships in Flagstaff, where he placed 31st out of 170 in the advanced division.Like Lipe, Krebill skirted questions goading a guaranteed victory. But he certainly didnt rule out the possibility.Im not going to expect it, Krebill said of a first-place finish, but I think I definitely could. Theres going to be some good players, but since its just amateur I should be able to take it.About beating Lipe: Hes really good, so well probably be battling it out, Krebill said.

Put on by The Sports Exchange in Truckee, the Open-Am Disc Golf Tournament will consist of four divisions one for advanced players, two for the not-so-advanced and one for the ladies.The tournament will consist of two 18-hole rounds, with the first starting at 9 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Immediately following the event, at 6 p.m., will be a no-host barbecue and an awards ceremony, with a trophy for first place and medallions for almost-first-place finishers, as well as for the person who places dead-last and whoever gets closest to the pin. Entrance fees are $40 $45 cash if signing up at the event and include lunch, provided by Runway Cafe & Catering, a grab bag full of miscellaneous items, a T-shirt and a wrist band that, if worn at the post-tournament party at the Past Time Club in Truckee, will grant drink specials. Entrants may register in person at The Sports Exchange up until 6 p.m. Friday, or from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the pre-party at Blue Coyote. So far, said Brent Cutler, owner of The Sports Exchange, there are only 25 players entered, but he hopes to have about 60 to 70 signed up by tee-off time. The maximum number of participants the tournament can accommodate is 90, Cutler said.


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