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2018 Samui Swine Classic

2018 Samui Swine Classic

Nikko Locastro brought his A game to the final 27 holes of the Samui Swine Classic V on Saturday, shooting Thai spicy disc golf to outdistance his American rivals and grab the winner’s ฿30,000 ($950) share of the ฿173,500 ($5,500) purse.

Koh Samui sports an old-school nine-basket layout, with four must-get birdies under 250 feet; three medium-length, but tough par 3s; and back-to-back signature par 4s on holes 4 and 5. Out-of-bounds lurks in a few choice places, and even the top shooters would fall victim to its allures of risk versus reward when it mattered most.

Gregg Barsby is up five after Friday's second round on the island of Koh Som. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

MAE NAM, Thailand -- Friday’s middle round here was an absolute treat for the 108 savvy competitors who marked the Samui Swine Classic V on their tour calendars. After being transported to the tiny paradise island of Koh Som in funky local fishing boats, they tackled a short, but deceptively difficult oceanside layout through the coconut palm trees.