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All-Star Weekend Final Round Recap

By Baker Helton

The inaugural Disc Golf Pro Tour ended with fireworks, with Paul McBeth and Kona Panis coming out on top in close battles.

On the men’s side, it took an extra hole to decide the All-Star champion. The day started with six men tied for the lead but turned into a two-horse race as Paul McBeth and Calvin Heimburg locked into a battle for the entirety of the final nine-hole loop.

Going into the final hole, Heimburg held a one-stroke lead. Calvin put his drive just outside of Paul McBeth’s on the edge of circle one. Heimburg needed a make to seal a victory, but his putt bounced off the top of the basket and rolled down the hill to set up a 30-foot comebacker. McBeth had the opportunity to put pressure on Heimburg with a made putt. Paul nailed the circle’s edge putt, finishing eight under for the day and 12-under for the tournament, and the pressure shifted back to Calvin. Needing a make to force the playoff, Heimburg hit the chains dead center.

The playoff started on the infamous Fountain Hills hole one, a familiar position for McBeth. Holding honors, he stepped up and parked his shot. Heimburg needed to answer but left his drive short and into the water, which sealed the victory for Paul McBeth.

Chris Dickerson finished in third place, shooting a six-under-par round to finish the tournament 10-under, including one improbable putt.


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For the females, yesterday set the stage for a battle between Kona Panis and Catrina Allen. After shooting the hot round yesterday, the round one doubles partners began the day seven strokes ahead of the competition.

The two competitors held serve for the first eight holes, with Catrina Allen ahead by just one stroke going into the tough hole nine. Allen went out of bounds twice, carding a triple-bogey and giving Kona a two-stroke cushion for the final nine-hole loop.

On hole four of the second nine-hole loop, Kona Panis served up a highlight-reel throw, throwing in for birdie from 190 feet on the peninsula-laden hole.


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The highlight gave Panis the momentum to carry her two-stroke lead through the rest of the round to win the All-Star event. Panis finished the round two-under-par for a tournament total of seven-under. Allen’s four-under tournament total was good for second place and Paige Pierce rounded out the podium, finishing even for the tournament.

The Disc Golf Pro Tour regular season begins Thursday, February 25, with the Las Vegas Challenge and can be seen live on Disc Golf Network.