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Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship: Round One Recap

By Baker Helton
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Disc Golf Pro Tour play resumes this weekend at Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, VT. After an 18 day break to allow players to quarantine based on Vermont’s COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, players were ready to attack the complementary courses at Smugg’s Disc Golf Center. Play began at Brewster Ridge today for both divisions. 

MPO

The pace was set early this morning by a player on the first card (that teed off at 8:15). Dan Wells-Brooks came out guns blazing. He went bogey-free for his round, finishing -10 on the day. 

The next hot round to come in came from the first feature card of the day filmed by Gatekeeper Media. James Conrad ended up tieing the course record with a wild -13 performance. Conrad said he knew he was on track to get the course record, which caused him to lose focus and bogey on sixteen. That was his only blemish on the day. He goes into round two with a three-throw lead over the field. 

Rounding out tomorrow’s lead card will be Chris Dickerson and Paul McBeth, tied for third. Chris Dickerson went bogey-free on the day and led the field in scramble and C1x putting. McBeth started the say six for six and looked to be making a push for the course record. A par on hole seven would start a cool-down session for McBeth, who wouldn’t snag another birdie until hole ten. With three bogeys on the day, McBeth missed an opportunity at a course record but is in an excellent position to make a push at a back-to-back tour victory. 

FPO

In the FPO division, Kona Panis set the pace early. She finished her round at even par. Panis played the course for par until a double-bogey on hole seven. She made up for it, though with birdies on nine and twelve. For a while, it looked like Panis’s early success might relegate her to the chase card, but some miscues late by the feature card led to her ending the day in a tie for third. 

Most of the action for the FPO division happened on the live feature card with Paige Pierce, Sarah Hokom, Catrina Allen, and Hailey King. 

Hailey King wowed early, spending her entire round under par. At one point, King was leading the field at five-under for her round. However, two late miscues on thirteen and sixteen would have her finish the day three-under-par, one back of the lead. 

Staying step-in-step with King was the defending champion Sarah Hokom. Hokom struggled to get much going on the front nine but strung together four birdies across five holes on the back nine to finish four-under-par. Hokom leads the field in C2 in regulation, scramble, and C1x Putting percentage. She will look to build to her lead on the open fairways of Fox Run tomorrow. 

Outside of the tournament leader, Catrina Allen was the only other player in the division to spend a bulk of her round under-par. It wasn’t until a triple-bogey on hole fifteen that Allen would fall off the pace. If her resolve from throughout today’s round to avoid taking bogeys and keep things clean follows her the rest of the tournament, she has plenty of time to make her way back onto the lead card. 

Rounding out the lead card is Paige Pierce, who finished even par to tie Kona Panis for third. 

Live coverage on the Disc Golf Network begins at 12:35 PM ET again tomorrow with the MPO division. The FPO division coverage will start as a part of the broadcast starting around 3 PM ET. Make plans to tune in and watch!