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Aces, Birdies, and Bogies from Vibram’s First Round

It was an exciting day of action from Maple Hill with the Vibram Open getting underway. With some incredible shots, some new names shining and some familiar
names faltering, Vibram provided plenty of highlights to get the weekend started.
There were not one, but two aces in Thursday’s opening round. The first came from none other than the only two-time champion at Maple Hill, Cale Leiviska. Leiviska treated us to a skip-ace on the 250 foot, wooded tunnel shot, hole four. If you have yet to see it, check out the clip here . Leiviska finished the day tied for third.
One ace on the day would have been enough to satisfy even the greediest of disc golf fans but Philo Brathwaite wanted a share of the spotlight. The Philotross thrower provided a moment of his own on Thursday with a 420 foot ace on Maple Hill’s hole 14. Sadly, no video on this one but Philo’s smile looks extra big in this post-ace Instagram photo .
Although it wasn’t technically an ace, there was quite the highlight in the women’s field. After bogeying hole 17, Paige Pierce needed to end her round on a good note. I think an eagle two on the 455 foot hole 18 did the trick. Pierce knocked her putt home from near 50 feet to get a few strokes closer to the lead. She currently sits in second place, five strokes behind your leader Valarie Jenkins.
This group of folks may not have hit aces but they certainly impressed us with their level of play.
The first person we need to recognize is Valarie Jenkins. Jenkins jumped out to a blazing hot start with her 3-under par, 59. Her four birdie and one lone bogey performance can be accredited to her accuracy off the tee. Jenkins hit 72% of fairways en route to another solid performance that we are so used to seeing from her by now.
Someone we haven’t heard much of on tour, is Florida pro, Nicholas Masters. Heck, Masters doesn’t even have a picture on his UDisc profile, that’s how unknown this guy is. At this rate, he won’t be unknown for long as the 995 rated player shot 7-under par to tie for the lead with Ricky Wysocki. The key to his success? The putter. Masters made ALL (that’s 100% for those keeping stats at home) of his circle one putts and added one circle two putt for good measure. Pair that with a 77% fairway hit percentage and you have yourself a good round. Hats off to you Nicholas.
The oopsies, uh ohs, and underwhelming performances from the first round.
Paul McBeth: It’s not that McBeth played all that bad for normal human standards, but we should all know by now that Paul McBeth is no normal human (they don’t call hime McBeast for nothing). A 2-under round has him in 21st place. An unofficial 1023 round would seem pretty good to us mere mortals but the fans and frankly McBeth expect better than that from him. Paul did fine in circle one, making all of his circle one putts but as we know, sometimes stats can be misleading. A lot of Paul’s putts within circle one were pretty short because he missed all eight of his circle two putts. McBeth will look to improve on his long distance putting on Friday as he tries to redeem last year’s 12th place Vibram finish.
Catrina Allen is fresh off a nice victory at last week’s NT event and she finds herself only six back from the lead now but she could be even closer. Allen triple-bogeyed the par four, hole nine, going OB twice. Luckily, Allen will have three more shots at the hole to redeem herself.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour has provided us with plenty signature moments, performances and disappointments throughout the 2017 season. The first day of the Vibram Open proved no different and with plenty of action still remaining, there is still time for those highlights and rounds that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Be sure to stay tuned to the Disc Golf Pro Tour as we have wall-to-wall coverage as the action continues to unfold from Maple Hill.
UDisc Live will be keeping you updated with scores all day tomorrow. You can catch the live coverage starting at 3:30 ET on our YouTube channel (Disc Golf Pro Tour).