Course record toppled at Tahoe Donner
Recording a double bogey on the first hole, Tim Tipton had an inauspicious beginning to his round of golf Aug. 12 at Tahoe Donner Golf Course.
But from the second hole onward, Tipton’s golf play was “on fire,” as the 21-year-old went on to finish his round with an eagle, eight birdies, seven pars and one bogey (on the 13th) to conclude his round with a score of 65 – the Tahoe Donner course record. The old course record, 66, was held by several people, including assistant pro Bob Schultz.
“The first and 13th were my worst holes, but I was on the green in regulation on the other 16 holes,” Tipton said. “I think I could’ve shot a 63 if I hadn’t had those bogeys.”
Tipton, who placed third for American River College in the NorCal junior college championships this spring, moved to Truckee from Dixon just three weeks ago to take a job within the Tahoe Donner Golf Course maintenance department. He said it didn’t take too long to become accustomed to Tahoe Donner’s long, narrow fairways.
“I probably played the course six or seven times before the 65,” Tipton said. “I scored a 78 the first time I played the blue (championship) tees and knew I was ready for a good score when I was four-under after 12 holes the day before (Aug. 11), but that round was called due to darkness.”
In order for a record to become official at Tahoe Donner, the round must be witnessed by two people and the ball must be played from its lie on each shot.
“I was playing with a co-worker and two other Tahoe Donner residents, so I have the witnesses – and their phone numbers – to verify it,” Tipton said. “There were no ‘bumps’ either, like when you see a person move their ball a few feet to get a better lie.”
Tipton’s course record wasn’t his first. He carded his all-time best score of 56 while establishing the record on the par 66 Davis Municipal Golf Course and he has also tied for the course record at Mace Meadows in Pine Grove.
When he’s not working on the range or cleaning up the clubhouse at Tahoe Donner, Tipton plans several more attempts to lower his record before the course closes for the winter.
“I’m not sure what I’ll do when the season’s over – maybe move to Florida,” said Tipton, who doesn’t want to use any of his remaining two seasons of collegiate eligibility this year. “I’d like to either play on a mini-tour in California or Canada or try the Nike tour. Definitely, though, I’d like to play in some big tournaments.”
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