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Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship: Final Round Recap

By Baker Helton
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Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship is now complete, and two Champions have been crowned. 

MPO

Kevin Jones started the final round with a six throw advantage on the field and was able to outlast defending champion Paul McBeth and a host of other players to bring home the victory. 

McBeth would shoot the hot round of the day at nine-under-par, but Jones matched with a seven-under-par to drive home his second win on the Disc Golf Pro Tour. 

When asked about his victory, Jones said, “This is what I’m out here to do, take wins on the Disc Golf Pro Tour. Coming in with a six-stroke lead is really awkward. I’m really proud of myself for how I came in today, struggled early on, but picked it up late and solidified it.” 

In comparing his win to his previous close calls this season, Jones closed with, “[The win is a] Huge confidence boost for myself. Also, it’s great just to get one in 2020.” 

With the win, Jones moves up to fifth in the Tour Standings, and with his second-place finish, Paul McBeth passes Calvin Heimburg to claim first in the Tour Standings. 

Play continues this weekend at the MVP Open at Maple Hill. You can watch all of the action on the Disc Golf Network

FPO

Competition in the FPO field was close to determine who would make the podium. With a battle for first and a battle for third, it came down to the wire. 

Hailey King and Paige Pierce battled all weekend, and the same was true for Championship Sunday. Pierce was able to catch up and surpass King’s two-throw advantage within the first six holes. They would tie on hole seven and then battle back and forth all the way to hole 16. 

King hit a tree early but had a favorable kick into the fairway. Her second shot did not clear the OB creek, so she ended up throwing from the far side of the fairway for four. While her upshot landed inside circle one, she failed to connect the putt and settle for a double-bogey. On the other hand, Pierce advanced far enough up the fairway on her drive to put her upshot inside circle two. She failed to connect on her birdie putt but finishing with a par gave her a two-stroke advantage and the separation she needed to win. 

In talking about her battle with King throughout the weekend, Pierce commented, “Hailey King is probably one of the most relentless competitors that I’ve faced in a while. She’s running every 50 footer and 60 footer out there, so it’s never really over until it’s over. I didn’t really take a breath until this final putt right now.”

In the race for third, Sarah Hokom pushed her way ahead of Catrina Allen on the front nine. Then on the back nine, Allen was able to put cash in on some birdies to move back into a tie with Hokom going into hole sixteen. On sixteen, Allen carded a bogey, which gave the advantage to Hokom. Allen had circle one putts for birdie on seventeen and eighteen (though seventeen was from circle’s edge) and could not convert on either. However, Hokom finished with a bogey on eighteen for the pair to complete the tournament tied for third. 

As noted before, competition continues this weekend at the MVP Open with the FPO division kicking off again around 3 PM ET on the Disc Golf Network. Make plans to tune in and watch.