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2019 MVP Open Final Round Recap: A Race to the Finish

By Baker Helton
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​The final round of the 2019 MVP Open at Maple Hill was one for the record books as the top five players were all in contention going into the day. At one point in time, four of the five players were in the hunt.

James Conrad dropped off early after a double-bogey on hole eight. With two more bogeys on holes eleven and twelve, he was out of contention for a repeat victory. That being said, James focused on giving the crowd a show. His highlight reel of the day came on hole seventeen when he carded the eagle two.

Racing to the top at one point were Joel Freeman and Simon Lizotte from the chase card. Simon Lizotte was tied for fifth place and spent most of the day tied or one-off the lead with Garrett Gurthie and Paul McBeth. Simon’s run for the win came to an end with a bogey on hole sixteen. After going for the birdie on 18 and going OB Simon would finish in a tie with Joel Freeman.

Joel Freeman made his push from the chase card but was too far back to catch up in the race to the top. Instead, Joel was racing (and succeeding) at garnering a podium finish. Joel’s -9 performance tied McBeth for the best round of the day. Joel carries the unique distinction of being the only player in the MPO field not to card a bogey during the final round. Joel came into the tournament 20th in Tour Standings and will be right around top ten in tour points with his finish this weekend.

In what faded away to a two-horse race for the win yesterday’s leader Garrett Gurthie went head-to-head with 2019 World Champion Paul McBeth to see who could bring home the win. The two players traded shots back and forth all day. It ended up being Paul’s birdies on seven, thirteen, and seventeen to Double G’s pars that helped him bring home the win. This was Paul’s second win at Maple Hill and his first since his 1121 rated final round in 2013.

McBeth will extend his tour points lead while Simon Lizotte will jump Discmania teammate Eagle McMahon in points standings. Garrett Gurthie will also jump McMahon and now be in fifth in Tour Standings going into the final event of the season. Make plans to watch the Green Mountain Championships on September 13-16th.