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Dynamic Discs Open Poised to Finish Strong

By Jeff Spring
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With one round two go, the two best players in the sport will be hard to catch. Moving day is in the books, and while the leaders in both divisions have retained their day one leads, movement in the fields are shaping up for an exciting finish today. Live Coverage will be available free on the Disc Golf network (www.discgolfnetwork.com) and via the DGPT YouTube Page. Traditional shot-by-shot post produced coverage of the Men’s division is delayed until the special CBS Sports Broadcast of four one-hour shows airs in about a month. The CBS Sports project is spearheaded by Dynamic Disc, and produced by JomezPro with DGPT support. 

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Round 2 Men’s Recap

Moving day started early for some players. Thomas Gilbert brought in an early hot round of -7 par to move up 37 spots into a tie for 24th place. While Gilbert moved into a more favorable position today, after speaking with the DGPT, he made it clear that he plans on playing tomorrow for a solid top 20 finish and will not be trying to make any significant moves that could result in taking steps down the leaderboard with an eye touds tour points.

Another hot round came from Philo Brathwaite, who was able to move into the top ten with a -9 par performance. After starting his round with a bogey, he would avoid any further damage to have the third hottest round. Most notable was his “turkey” finish, carding three straight birdies to close out his round by landing the island on 16, avoiding the OB on 17, and nailing a tester putt on 18 from just inside C1. 

While the early returns had some spice, the lead card was where most of the action was today, as Paul McBeth was dialed in, looking to extend his lead on the field. 

He faced resistance in that task, especially early on as Ricky Wysocki quickly closed a three stroke lead to one. Ricky, however, stalled. Going into the round in a tied for second place with Emerson Keith, Ricky Wysocki was unable to keep pace as the round wore on an McBeth opened up a 4-6 stroke lead as the group made the turn to the back nine. 

Ricky’s struggles made room for Kevin Jones, who made a push on the back nine carding birdies on holes 10-15 before missing his birdie putt on the island hole 16 and going out of bounds for a bogey. Emerson Keith was there to capitalize with a birdie on the island hole to gain a one throw advantage on Kevin. They would go shot-for-shot to finish with Emerson in solo second, one throw ahead of Kevin and Ricky, who rebounded as the back nine closed.

Emerson Keith unleashes a forehand. Photo credit Dynamic Discs.

As the dust settled on moving day, Paul McBeth added two more throws to his lead going into the final round of competition. McBeth opted for safe play on the back half of the round as his card mates made pushes to try and gain strokes on him. He chose to lay-up for par’s on 16, 17, and 18 to finish the round five ahead of the field. 

The lead card will be the same for the final round of competition today with Paul McBeth, Emerson Keith, Kevin Jones, and Ricky Wysocki. While there is still a path for someone to catch Paul McBeth, odds are we are watching a battle for second place tomorrow during the final round of the Dynamic Discs Open. 

Women’s Recap

Paige Pierce had a commanding lead going into moving day at the Dynamic Discs Open. A dominating -7 par 1016 rated round left her as the only player in the division under par after day one.

Photo Credit Dynamic Discs

The weather calmed down for the FPO division today, and this allowed a few more players to finish their moving day rounds under par.

Coming from the chase card to join the lead card tomorrow were Catrina Allen and Missy Gannon. Catrina’s -2 par was enough to move her up three spots into fourth. She is only four throws away from second place at the moment, so she does have a chance to make a push on Championship Sunday. 

Missy Gannon started the day in a tie for fourth place and was able to break that tie thanks in part to a birdie streak on the back nine of the course. From 12-15, Missy’s UDisc scorecard was blue as she wracked up the birdies. At that point in the tournament, she had a solid hold on second and was only ten away from Paige Pierce. However, Missy would bogey 16 and 17, finishing the day in the third position on the lead card for the final round. 

Paige Shue was poised to make moves today but struggled to card enough birdies to put her in contention for first on championship Sunday. The only other player in the field under par, Shue, may not be able to catch Paige, but she will be fending off other players to make sure she takes home the second place trophy.  

Finally, your tournament leader for the FPO division is Paige Pierce. Pierce is focused on the prize as she now has a 12 throw lead. Pierce has been in this situation before and is looking forward to closing out the tournament. With a significant lead, it should be interesting to watch how Pierce manages the field and attacks when necessary.

Make plans to watch both the MPO and FPO divisions live on YouTube or the Disc Golf Network. The broadcast will begin as always at 1:35 pm CT for the MPO and will follow soon later for FPO.