Derek Billings Wins Disc Golf’s 2012 Jelly Jam at Ryan Ranch

The 2012 Jelly Jam at Ryan Ranch took place on the spectacular central coast of California in Monterey over the weekend of May 25-27. This was the first year the tournament was a PDGA sanctioned A-tier tournament as well as a Vibram Open qualifier, and with 81 disc golfers coming out to compete it was Derek Billings of Orangevale, California who was crowned champion in the open division with a final score of 26-under par.

Billings had a recent win at the St. Patrick’s Classic and won both the Stafford Lake Pro/Am and the End of Trail Classic in 2011. Myles Harding of Watsonville, California followed at second place scoring 23-under par and it was Jeff Faes of San Francisco who captured third place with a final score of 20-under par. Leif Swenson of Pacific Grove, California took fourth place scoring 15-under par while Gregg Barsby of Grass Valley, California and Mike Peremba of Emeryville, California finished in a tie for fifth place at just a stroke behind scoring 14-under par.

The masters division victory went to Patrick Brown of San Francisco with a final score of 23-under par and it was 2011 Pro Masters Disc Golf World Champion Jon Baldwin of Scotts Valley, California who followed in second place scoring 21-under par.

Drew Gibson of Orangevale, California won the advanced division in overtime after both he and Matt Bell of Nevada City, California ended in a tie, both scoring 8-under par.

The advanced masters division win went to John Chingas Smith of Sunnyvale, California with a final score of 5-under par and Mark Hauser of Santa Barbara, California won the advanced grandmasters division scoring 19-over par. Finally, Kyle Tighe captured the victory in the intermediate division with a final score of 5-over par.

Congratulations to all the winners and competitors on a great weekend 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 orTwitter@kcdermody.

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