Addiego rallies for his first pro victory
Chris Addiego couldn’t have asked for a better scenario to celebrate his first disc golf tournament victory.
The North San Juan resident charged from fourth-place in the final round to beat Myles Harding of Santa Cruz in a playoff to capture the men’s open division championship at the Motherlode 2006 Pro Tournament this past weekend.
Addiego finish with a 19-under par, four-round total of 197 to tie Harding for first-place, then won a playoff Sunday at the Condon Park Disc Golf Course to pocket the $400 first-place prize purse in the Skycatz Disc Golf Club-hosted event.
The victory was Addiego’s first as either an amateur or professional and came against a quality field of players that included Harding, the 2004 Professional Disc Golf Association Rookie of the Year.
“Chris turned pro a year ago and he has been doing well, he just had never won,” tournament coordinator Michael Travers said. “This was a real good win for him. He beat a lot of nationally-ranked players.”
Pretty good, considering Addiego was fifth after carding scores of 55 and 45 in the first and second rounds at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on Saturday. He moved up one position as he shot a third-round score of 49 Sunday morning at Condon Park, but still trailed Harding by five shots.
Addiego then capped off his comeback with a final-round 48 – two shots better than anyone else in the field.
Addiego’s highest prior finish on the pro tour was 14th place at the St. Patrick’s Classic on March 18.
Other locals who placed well in the tournament included Mike Loya, who finished third at 199. Chris Lane finished sixth with 204, and Gregg Barsby, Ray Johnson and Jason Herm tied for seventh place with 205. Greg Lissaman took 10th at 207 and Brian Costa, who shot 210, was 12th.
In the women’s open division Leslie Woodman and Nancy Hendricks, both locals, finished first and second, respectively. Woodman shot 240 and Hendricks finished at 241.
Kenny Lee’s 211 was good for third place in the 40-and-older division. Johnny Lissaman was behind Lee in fourth with 212.
Travers won the Grandmasters 50-and-older division by shooting 211. The tournament featured its largest Grandmasters field ever.
“Overall, the tournament went very well,” Travers said. “The courses for this tournament were all set up in the championship position, so it was very tough, and we had nice, tight races in all the divisions.”
Note: Two members of the Skycatz club were honored by the NorCal Disc Golf Association on Sunday – Scott Aaron as 2005 Player of the Year and Brian Costa as 2005 Rookie of the Year.
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