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Idlewild Open: First Round Recap

By Baker Helton

The Idlewild course had nearly perfect scoring conditions as the competition started on Friday for the Idlewild Open presented by Dynamic Discs and The Nati Disc Golf. 

Thomas Gilbert was the early leader in the clubhouse for the MPO division with a nine-under-par. This would end up putting Thomas into a tie for third by the time competition was complete. The tie for third includes, Kyle Klein, Andrew Marwede, Jeremy Koling, and Patrick Brown. Koling and Brown will make the lead card tomorrow based on their lower PDGA numbers. 

Many players came close to finishing double-digits under par today, but ultimately only two would achieve the feat with the final three holes on the course playing as the first, fifth, and eighth hardest on the day. 

Currently, in second, one throw off the lead is Paul McBeth. McBeth is the 2018 Idlewild Champion and knows what it takes to win on this challenging track. 

Leading the tournament is the most recent Pro Tour victor Eagle McMahon. McMahon is riding high after his victory at Discraft’s Great Lakes Open. McMahon would have had a larger lead had he not double-bogeyed the final hole. Outside of the double-bogey, McMahon snagged one other bogey to dirty his scorecard. McMahon’s 100% C1x putting helped contribute to his success today. He also leads the field in C1 and C2 in regulation. 

Tomorrow’s live coverage will begin with the chase card at 1:35 PM ET. The chase card filmed by The Disc Golf Guy includes Andrew Marwede, Kyle Klein, Thomas Gilbert, and Zach Melton. The lead card will be Eagle McMahon, Paul McBeth, Patrick Brown, and Jeremy Koling. The lead group tees off at 2 PM ET and will be broadcast live on the Disc Golf Network and post-produced by JomezPro. 


Idlewild showed its teeth for the FPO division with only one player finishing under par, five throws ahead of the field. 

Interestingly enough, it’s not the player we have come to expect. Paige Pierce ended up fighting back into a tie for second after a nasty quad-bogey on hole thirteen. Pierce is tied with Sarah Hokom. Hokom avoided bogies until hole eight, where she had a string of them through ten. Hokom would secure a birdie three on the challenging hole fourteen to keep her in the hunt. 

So who is leading the FPO field? None other than Holly Finley. In her post-round interview, Finley said that Idlewild is her favorite stop on Tour. She loves playing in the woods, and it showed today. Finley did not card her first bogey until hole twelve, something that anyone else could not say in the FPO field and most players in the MPO field. Finley’s calculated play resulted in her leading the field in fairway hits, parked percentage, and circle two in regulation. 

Rounding out tomorrow’s lead card will be Ellen Widboom. Live FPO coverage will be added to the Idlewild Open broadcast starting around 4 PM ET. It will also be released in post-produced form by GK Pro the next day. Make plans to tune in and watch!