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2021 RESISTANCE DISCS OPEN – FINAL ROUND RECAP

By Baker Helton
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Resistance Discs Open 2021

A return to rainier weather in Oregon on Sunday made for a nailbiter in both divisions. While the winners seemingly had nothing to worry about through much of the final round, the rest of the podium was up for grabs, as were some coveted Disc Golf Pro Tour points.

The story of the tournament in the FPO division was Deann Carey’s dominance over the Trojan Park course. Carey shot Even and -1 in Rounds 1 and 2, and despite shooting +6 in the final round, she still managed a 15 stroke win over 2nd place. While the rain poured down, there was a struggle across the division to score or maintain par, which allowed Carey to coast on the lead she had generated. Of course, the weather isn’t to blame for keeping players from catching up, her 12.39 strokes gained Tee to Green was more than double Kat Mertsch, who had 6.00. And her 9.05 strokes gained putting on the weekend showed that Carey outplayed the competitors, too.

Deann Carey Resistance Discs Open Winner

Deann Carey won her first DGPT event of the season with a decisive 15 stroke lead.

With Carey’s large early lead that seemed, and proved to be insurmountable, the next question was who would claim the other seats at the podium. The trio of Kat Mertsch, Britney Quesenberry and Kira Alexander were all vying for that 2nd place finish. In what came down to the final stretch of holes, in which Mertsch bogeyed 5 of the last 6 holes, and Alexander the last 4 holes, 2nd place was claimed by Quesenberry, who played in control and smart to string together 3 pars and take a 2 stroke lead. Quesenberry was the only other player besides Carey to birdie more than 2 holes and had 2 more than Mertsch, which proved to be the last 2 strokes that separated them from tieing for 2nd.

FPO Final Round Notes
  • Deann Carey was 1st in 13 different stat categories on the weekend.
  • In strokes gained Tee to Green, strokes Gained Putting, and strokes Gained C1x, Carey more than doubled the next player in those categories.
  • Carey’s 2nd round -1 was the hot round of the tournament, and her 1st round Even was second best.
  • Katie Maixner had the least OB strokes on the weekend, with 9.
  • Carey, currently 11th in the DGPT standings, now has 1st, 6th, and 9th in Silver Series events this year.
  • Mertsch, 14th in DGPT standings, erases her 13th at Belton and now has a 3rd, 6th, and 10th at Silver Series events.

 

Over in the MPO division, a similar story had already unfolded with Adam Hammes dropping the hammer on Trojan Park, and walking away with his second win of the 2021 season, and 2nd in just 3 weeks.

Hammes had the lead all 3 rounds, and with his back-to-back -10 rounds on Friday and Saturday, he had given himself some wiggle room to play with. As the rain came down and OB strokes loomed, Hammes was able to rely on his skill at navigating the tough course and cruise to a 7 stroke win over Scott Withers. With 1st place all but locked up, the rest of the round centered around who would be able to come in hot and scoop up 2nd place. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

Adam Hammes Resistance Discs Open Winner

Adam Hammes wins his 2nd event of the past 3 weeks as he managed to hold onto the lead he generated in rounds 1 and 2.

Scott Withers struggled to get his round going today, despite matching Hammes’ -10 in Saturday’s round and coming in just 2 strokes behind. The ensuing battle between Withers, Jeremy Koling, Nate Sexton, and Tim Barham came right down to the wire, while Ben Callaway was storming through the rainstorm. Callaway had shot -10 through 14 holes, on his way to shoot the hot round for the tournament before he took 2 bogeys in a row on Holes 15 and 16, which derailed his streak and tournament hopes. His -8 round, tied with Paul Ulibarri, was the hot round of the day, but ultimately brought him just short and he would have to settle with a 6th place finish.

Barham, who had jumped Koling and Sexton after Round 2 for the lead card, also struggled in piecing together a scoring round, shooting just -4 for the day, while Koling and Sexton were able to shoot -6 and -5, respectively. Down the final stretch, it looked like it could be any one of these players joining behind Hammes at the top of the tournament. Withers took an OB stroke and bogey on Hole 13, Koling a bogey on Hole 15, and Sexton, a punishing bogey on Hole 18. Despite shooting just -1 for the round, Withers managed to weather the push from Koling and Sexton to finish 2nd, with Koling 3rd and Sexton T-4th with Barham.

MPO Final Round Notes
  • Adam Hammes lead the MPO with a 52% birdie rate, and lowest OB strokes, with only 2.
  • Tristan Tanner narrowly edged out Hammes to finish with the highest C1x putting at 97%.
  • Ben Callaway, gained the most strokes from Tee to Green with 17.21, Koling was next with 14.65.
  • Bradlee Smethers had an ace on Hole 17 of the first round, and Andrew Marwede aced Hole 2 during the final round.

 

The Disc Golf Pro Tour picks up after PDGA World Championship in Des Moines, Iowa for the Des Moines Challenge, presented by Discraft on July 9th – 11th. Find out more information here, or tune in to the Disc Golf Network to watch the return to an Elite Series event.