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2019 DGPT Championship FPO Quarterfinals Recap: A Tie-breaker moves three players on to the semifinals

By Baker Helton
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​With the first day of the 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship coming to a close, the FPO division is set to start early tomorrow for their semifinals round, and it was a close finish this morning to determine who would get there. Three cards played today in the FPO quarterfinals round, and players from two of the three cards advanced.

The first card this morning featured the lower end of the bracket with Deann Carey, Charlotte Towle, Lauren Butler, and Ellen Widboom. None of the players were able to put together a hot round to be able to advance to semifinals though it did not require an under-par round to advance today.

The second card featured Holly Finley, Vanessa Van Dyken, Missy Gannon, and Kona Star Panis. Kona would struggle today, but the rest of the card was in contention for most of the round to try and push to semifinals. Missy Gannon would ultimately finish one throw out of the score needed to advance to semifinals. Vanessa Van Dyken was in the hunt all round, but a costly triple-bogey on hole seventeen would make it to where she needed someone on the first card to slip-up for her to make it into the semifinals. Vanessa would end up in a tie at two-over-par with three other players, all of which finished higher in the Tour Standings. With the tie-breaker broken based on Tour Standings, Vanessa would finish the tournament at quarterfinals, unable to advance. In the story of the day on the FPO side, Holly Finley carded the only FPO round under par, finishing her round at one-under. She will be playing in the semifinals round tomorrow.

The feature FPO card included Jessica Weese, Lisa Fajkus, Paige Bjerkaas, and Hailey King. Jessica Weese would struggle early, taking a double bogey on hole two and was unable to garner enough birdies to catch-up. Lisa Fajkus, Paige Bjerkaas, and Hailey King all finished in the four-way tie at two-over but each in their own way. Hailey would card the most birdies on the day, but she needed those to help offset her two double-bogeys and multiple other bogeys on the day. Lisa and Paige would each have more even-keeled rounds en route to their two-over-par finishes.

The semifinals round will feature two cards. The first card will feature Holly Finley, Lisa Fajkus, Paige Bjerkaas, and Hailey King. The second card will include the players who had a bye, Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen, Sarah Hokom, and Rebecca Cox. Make plans to tune in tomorrow and watch live.