It’s an event that most players on tour have been looking forward to all season long - a brand new DGPT tournament taking place in San Francisco, California. Held at the Gleneagles Disc Golf Course, installed in 2017, TD Sean Jack and his crew put in extensive amounts of work to make sure this event ran smoothly.
And smooth it was, with players raving about the course itself and spectators getting the chance to see some major action unfold during the three-day event. We had some surprises and obstacles this last weekend, so let’s dive right into the action!
Starting Off With A Bang
The Gleneagles Disc Golf Course isn’t exactly a stroll in the park, as the layout boasts over 10,000 feet and includes a rich amount of OB and hazards. Despite players encountering some typical Bay Area wind, we saw the usual names rise to the top of the pack after round one.
Shooting 8 down was Simon Lizotte, who was favored for a top spot due to the combination of his massive arm and this massive course. Just behind him were Paul McBeth and Eagle McMahon at -7 each, and a handful of others tied at 56 for the day. Slightly farther down the scoreboard was Ricky Wysocki, who was battling a finger injury that prevented him from playing to his maximum potential.
Demonstrating that this course was exactly within her wheelhouse, Sarah Hokom came out of the gate charging with a three down and instantly let the other players in the FPO division know that she was there to win.
Making Charges And Extending Leads
Saturday was certainly exciting in San Francisco, and despite a plethora of inconsistent wind that created frustrating putting conditions, several players decided this tournament was theirs to win. Further extending her lead, Hokom hit an ace on hole 3, a 347-foot hole that gave most players enough of a challenge when trying to make it in two. She landed herself a spot on that night’s SC Top 10 and shot a bogey-free round.
Watch Sarah's Ace here
On the men’s side of competition, Ricky found super glue to be his new best friend, and after using it to patch up his finger, he shot a smoking 1063-rated round to put him in contention for first place. As the day went on, it became clear that Gleneagles certainly favours big arms, as Drew Gibson and McBeth both sat right on Wysocki’s tail.
The Final Push
Starting Sunday’s round with a comfortable lead, Hokom played conservatively and left the heroics to the other women on her card. Despite valiant efforts from Catrina Allen, Pierce, and Jessica Weese, Sarah was simply too far ahead. The SF Open marks the first event of the year where Paige Pierce was ousted by another.
The pressure was on for the MPO division and with gusty winds and close scores, you could feel the tension. An eagle on hole 9 by McBeth and nearly another on hole 10 was a clear indication that he was charging hard, and despite excellent play by Wysocki and others, Paul took home the win with a two stroke lead over Eagle McMahon. Ricky settled into third place and both Lizotte and Gibson tied for 4th. After seeing these results, it’s fair to say that you have to be able to throw a mile to finish well at Gleneagles.
As the tour continues along the West Coast, players are now making their way up to Oregon for the much-anticipated Beaver State Fling. In years past, McBeth has been known to charge hard and command back to back eagles with ease. Who do you think will be victorious this year?
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