The Sierra Tahoe Series opener took place in Reno, Nevada, at the Rancho San Rafael Disc Golf Course on Saturday, April 7. With 69 disc golf players taking part in this PDGA sanctioned C-tier event, it was Ray Johnson of Grass Valley, Calif., who was crowned champion in the open division with a final score of 11-under par.
Johnson has enjoyed a good start to 2012, as he was also the winner of February's Rain or Shine Pro-Am in Auburn, Calif. Following in second place was Gregg Barsby of Grass Valley, scoring 8-under par. He had several wins in 2011, including the Jelly Jam at Ryan Ranch held in September, and the Silicon Valley Classic in July.
Scoring 4-under par to come in at third place was Chris Addiego, while Josh Barber of Reno followed in fourth place at just a stroke behind with a final score of 3-under par. Derek Sonderfan of Reno finished in fifth place, scoring 1-under par.
Leah Feltenstein of Truckee, Calif., was the winner for the women in the open division, coming in with a final score of 31-over par. She had several wins in the women's advanced division last year, including the Squaw Valley Pro/Am and the King of the Lake-Am.
Scott Miller of Tahoe City, Calif., was able to capture the victory in the masters division with a final score of 5-over par. Miller was the winner of the Reno Turkey Toss competing in the open division last November. He was followed by Andre Riofrio who came in with a score of 9-over par to take second place in the division.
The advanced division win went to Matt House of Grass Valley who edged out the second-place finisher Kevin Daniel in overtime after they both finished with a final score of 4-over par.
In another tie for first place in the advanced masters division, Bradley Douglass and Reno Woods also came in with a score of 4-over par. Douglass was able to capture the victory in overtime.
The intermediate division winner was Doc Little, with a final score of 5-over par. Skot Meyer followed in second place at a stroke behind scoring 6-over par, while Anthony Sartorelli finished in third place scoring 8-over par.
Kristen Kirkland of Reno took the win for the women in the intermediate division with a final score of 32-over par. She was also the winner in the same division at the Cabin Fever Frenzy just last month.
Finally, the recreational division victory went to Travis Tidd, while Tracy Moore won the novice division and Jeremiah Elliott won in the under-10 boy's division.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on a great day of disc golf!
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to promoting the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter or Twitter @kcdermody.
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