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2019 DISCRAFT’S PORTLAND OPEN ROUND 1: MPO RECAP – A Fresh Face Emerges Through the Rain

By Baker Helton
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This afternoon rain was the story of the game at Blue Lake Disc Golf Course for the MPO division at Discraft’s Portland Open presented by Bevel Brewing. Rain was in the forecast all week and thankfully as the day progressed the chances of rain moved further back into the afternoon. Alas, the clouds could wait no longer, and about an hour before the live card began, rain started to fall from the sky.

On the 10 AM Jomez Pro filmed card Michael Johansen, Nate Sexton, and Alex Russell all had solid rounds after missing most of the rain. Michael Johansen was able to retain the hot score of -9 for most of the afternoon. Sexton and Alex were close behind with -8 rounds. You can watch for the full round coverage on the Jomez Productions channel tomorrow afternoon.

After the 10 AM tee time, other hot rounds were carded by Simon Lizotte and James Proctor. There is one striking aspect of the scorecards of those who made it to the top of the leaderboard after day one, and that is their performance on the back nine of the course. Every player in the top five currently carded a birdie on 18. Additionally, each of these players also carded at least two other birdies on the back nine. While it is easy to score on the front nine of the course, in fact, most players are putting together impressive birdie strings on the front nine, it is difficult to stay below par on the back nine. However, for the players in the hunt here at the Portland Open, they were able to card the birdies which makes all the difference.

While having a close field (four players T5 and three players T2), there is one player who sits at the top of the leaderboard, shooting double digits under par. This player is currently 5th in DGPT standings but is a player who has not received much screen time leading up to this event. Discraft’s own Adam Hammes is in the lead after day one carding an impressive -10. Adam started the day behind the gun, landing two bogeys to start. He would then proceed to birdie eight holes in a row to finish the front nine -7. He was one of seventeen players to card the birdie on seventeen, finishing the back nine with five birdies and no bogeys. Adam was helped to the top of the leaderboard by his 89% 1st in Fairway percentage. He is also sitting 3rd in C2 putts, hitting 75% of his putts from circle two on the day. Making shots where it counted in the rain was, and now he will have the opportunity to make a statement playing with a lead tomorrow during round two.

You can tune in to watch lead card coverage of Discraft’s Portland Open presented by Bevel Brewing tomorrow starting at 6 PM ET . With better weather in the forecast, it will be a broadcast that you will not want to miss.