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Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship: Round Two Recap

By Baker Helton
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Play moved over to the open and forgiving Fox Run Meadows for the second round of Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship. A course that offers more scoring opportunities saw players begin to jockey for position after pace was set yesterday. 

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Double-digits under par was the pace set by Kevin Jones. Jones started the round seven-under-par and moved up nine spots into the tournament leader position going into round three. Kevin played the first five holes, even par. When asked what caused him to go on his ten-under run, he said, “Not a ton changed after five, I was close to getting those birdies, but some lazy errors kept me from getting it, but I began avoiding those errors.” Kevin’s ability to avoid those errors on the back nine puts him in a great position going into the final two rounds. When asked about how he felt about moving to Brewster Ridge tomorrow, he said, “I want to put in a solid round in the 6-10 area to be able to fire on Fox on Sunday.”

Outside of the double-digits from Jones, the next hottest round was an eight-under-par. Three players made eight-under for the day, but only one made the lead card for round three. Eagle McMahon, a player who historically struggles at these courses, put together a solid round to match his eight-under from yesterday. When asked about how he felt about his position, he said, “It feels stressful,” and continued, “two eight-unders under my belt is what I’m aiming for.” 

Tied for second with Eagle McMahon was yesterday’s leader James Conrad. Conrad struggled to make any substantial pushes today and played maintenance golf. Finishing the day three-under-par Conrad holds on to be only one-throw off the pace going over to Brewster Ridge tomorrow. 

Rounding out the lead card will be Calvin Heimburg. Heimburg moved up one spot with a seven-under-par performance. After making a name for himself with an eleven-under-par heater during round one of the 2018 Worlds, it’s not surprising he was only a few off the pace as he played there today. 

Today’s round came down to the 18th hole to determine who would take the lead card as both Paul McBeth and Chris Dickerson were in the hunt. However, hole eighteen showed its teeth as Dickerson threw three drives from the tee after going OB immediately on the first two. He would finish with a snowman-8 to lead out the third card tomorrow. McBeth’s struggles would come on the putting green as he three-putted after missing his C2 birdie look. McBeth drops to the chase card for round three. 

The action moves over to Brewster Ridge for round three, so make plans to tune in and watch as the MPO coverage kicks off on the Disc Golf Network starting at 12:35 PM ET tomorrow. 

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As the FPO division moved over to Fox Run Meadows, players took an opportunity to score, which resulted in a few more players making their way under par for the tournament. 

Jessica Weese was the first player to take advantage of the scoring opportunities starting her round four-for-four. She would continue to push her way up the leaderboard until the back nine, where things cooled off for Weese. The cool-off period turned into a cold streak as she carded a bogey and two double bogies on the final four holes. The cold streak would result in her dropping off of an opportunity at the lead card. 

As Weese dropped off the lead card for tomorrow, Catrina Allen made her way on to the card. With both players tied at one-over-par, Allen’s even-par round broke the tie over Weese’s one-over-par. Allen played up-down golf today, offsetting every bogey with a birdie to help keep her in position. She would finish the day seven off the lead. 

Sarah Hokom started the day with the lead, and as has been her mantra for courses like Fox Run, the game is maintaining. Hokom added a few strokes to her score today, which caused her to move down the leaderboard but not out of contention. She was able to maintain a good position on a course that doesn’t particularly fit her game. She will look to make moves tomorrow on Brewster Ridge.

The player to took the most advantage of the scoring conditions today was Paige Pierce. Pierce carded a double-bogey on hole three but worked to avoid the trouble for the rest of her round. With seven birdies and one eagle Pierce rocketed her way up the leaderboard into a tie for first. Even in making it into first, she wasn’t content saying post-round: “There are two I would like to get back, and this last shot I just juiced it a little bit.” When discussing her eagle on four Pierce provided the following insight: “I played a lot of practice rounds with Conrad and Perkins and they told me not to go for it and I knew I could get it.” Concluding, reflecting on today’s round Pierce wrapped up saying: “I feel like it’s important for my competitors to know that I’m here. I’m capable of shooting a hot round at any moment. I thought about my round at Brewster and I’m proud of it and okay with it.” 

Rounding out the lead card tomorrow will be Hailey King. King was in the lead yesterday until a double-bogey on sixteen at Brewster. King took advantage of the open fairways at Fox Run to move into a tie for first place. This was important as Paige Pierce put on a clinic, King stayed right behind her every step of the way. The clutch moves were made by King down the stretch, grabbing birdies on the last two holes. 

Play moves over to Brewster Ridge tomorrow with FPO coverage starting at 3 PM ET on the Disc Golf Network