The second annual Sports Exchange Hula Bowl disc golf tour nament flew through the Truckee Regional Park Saturday and Sunday as 67 competitors took on three rounds of the riverside course to determine their mettle against some of the regions best disc golfers.
A Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned event, the Hula Bowl brought out golfers from as far away as San Diego and Washington State, and of course, plenty of locals. Contestants were split into eight divisions based on age, gender and experience.
Derek Billings of Folsom ran away with the pro division shooting 20 under par over three rounds. The top placing local pro was Cheyney Steininger of Kings Beach who fin ished in sixth place.
Locals dominated the amateur ranks taking the top spots in four divisions. Brian Oxley of Kings Beach was especially hot going 16 under par to take the advanced title.
Leah Feltenstien of Truckee was the top woman in the contest also winning the advanced division.
Contest organizer and Grand Masters division champion Craig Getty was thrilled to have a PDGA event return to the regional park.
“I love the competition,” said Getty as he drained a 70- foot birdie putt. “The PDGA makes it more of a sport. Your scores count for a life time.”
Visiting players new to the Truckee course were impressed with the challenge of the park’s forested holes. Winning players navigated drives between towering pines and putts that bent around bushes.
“I like this course a lot. Sweet river views and the holes are nice and tight,” said Carl Randa from San Diego. “Makes you throw a variety of shots to get through the tunnels.”
Truckee local Chris Lafond said he felt strong putting was the win ning ticket.
“Good putting is always the key,” said Lafond. “Drive for show, putt for dough.”
To finish the event, the Sports Exchange organized a barbecue Sunday afternoon with beverages donated by the Mendocino Brewing Company.
“We’re always happy to give back to the community,” said Sports Exchange store manager Danny Huberman. “We’ve doubled the registrants from last year so were really excited about the future of the tournament.”
1 Derek Billings 2 David Waisblum 3 Sean Currier Grandmasters
1 Craig Getty 2 Howard Miller 3 Ron Rovnak Advanced
1 Bryan Oxley 2 Shaun Long 3 Mike Westland Advanced Women
1 Leah Feltenstein 2 Madelyn Comer
1 John Podman Podany 2 Bill Babishoff 3 Steve Michaelis Advanced Grandmasters
1 Chuck Marquardt 2 Mark Swenson 3 Paul Dillon Intermediate
1 Joe Akhavan 2 Jeremy Simmons 3 Rob Comeaux Intermediate Women
1 Cameron Norton 2 Lucille Rovnak
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