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Discraft’s Great Lakes Open MPO Final Round Recap – A Come-From-Behind Push Results in Victory

By Baker Helton
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Discraft’s Great Lakes Open has come to a close, and Paul McBeth is now a 2x Champion. Kevin Jones started the day with a one throw lead over the Paul McBeth, and it shaped to up be a battle throughout the day. Kevin gave Paul a stoke early going OB on his first drive of the day. Kevin would then have to settle for par on hole two while Paul landed a birdie and at that point, his lead was relinquished. Kevin would get back to a tie, grabbing a birdie on hole three to Paul’s par and the battle was on. They went shot-for-shot on holes four and five before Paul grabbed two birdies to Kevin’s two pars on holes six and seven. Kevin grabbed both of them back on eight and nine, and Paul and Kevin went into the back nine tied with a five throw lead on the rest of the field. On hole 11 Paul would throw his drive past the basket for a birdie two and Kevin would have to settle for a par giving Paul the lead. Paul and Kevin would again go shot-for-shot holes twelve-through the end of the round. Paul’s birdie on 11 resulted in his victory, making him a repeat Discraft Great Lakes Open Champion.

Outside of the battle for first, there were several players in the hunt to make a top-five finish. Zackeriath Johnson started the day on the chase card after shooting one of the hotter rounds yesterday and proceeded to move up two spots into a tie for third place after birdieing three of the first five holes by the time he finished his round he found himself in solo third place. Adam Hammes also battled early to move up ten spots and into a tie for third place for most of his round. When it was all said and done, he ended up moving up seven spots in a tie for seventh place. Also in the mix were Zach Melton and JohnE McCray. JohnE threw the same round at Zackeriath yesterday. JohnE was able to move up four spots into a tie for fifth for most of the day. He would finish tied with Adam for sixth once the lead card finished the round. Zach Melton started the day in third place and was unable to stave off Zackeriath’s push, so he settled for fourth place.

Tour Standings Update

Paul McBeth’s victory this weekend represents his fourth victory of the season on the Disc Golf Pro Tour. His victory gives him a 100+ Tour Point lead with Ricky’s absence from the event. Kevin’s second place finish moved him up to 5th in Tour Points with three events left in the season. Adam Hammes’s sixth-place tie helps him maintain his top 8 Tour Point standing. At the Tour Championship cut-off, 32 for the MPO is Thomas Gilbert who moved into that position with an 8th place finish this weekend. Make plans to tune in to watch the Idlewild Open July 26-28th; it’s bound to be just as exciting!