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Idlewild Open Round Three MPO Recap – Wonder Boy stuns in first Pro Tour win

By Baker Helton
The Idlewild Open is in the books, and the Pro Tour has a new victor on the MPO side for the third time this season. Eagle McMahon snagged his first Pro Tour victory at Memorial to open the season, and Drew Gibson grabbed his from Eagle in a play-off at the inaugural Portland Open. This weekend, it was the Wonder Boy from Arkansas Kevin Jones who would bring home the victory. Kevin joined the Pro Tour at Ledgestone in 2017 and has not looked back. At Kevin’s first event in 2017, he finished tied for 82nd. The past two and half seasons has been a testament to his continued improvement. In 2017 Kevin missed qualification for the Pro Tour finale in 2017, in 2018 he had a bye to the semifinals, and with his win today he moves into 2nd in tour standings.

Kevin started the day with a three throw lead on James Conrad, and James had three on Calvin Heimburg. Kevin took advantage of a slow start from James Conrad to gain up to a seven throw lead going into the back nine. Kevin’s first blemish of the day came on the 368ft hole ten. A missed putt from inside the circle is what led to the bogey. James was able to bide his time, and it appeared that having a potential win in the bag began to get to Kevin. After trading birdies on the infamous KY hole thirteen, Kevin would card back-to-back bogeys to give James a shot at catching him. With a shot at eagle on sixteen James had a chance to move within three. His putt would come up just short, and he would need an eagle and a misstep from Kevin to have a shot of catching him. James drive had a chance to skip under the basket for a tap-in eagle on seventeen, but instead, it bounced just short OB. Kevin would have a misstep of his own and would end up settling for par to Jame’s OB birdie. Going into eighteen all Kevin had to do was stay clean through the woods and he would be home-free for his first career win. When asked when he knew he was going to win, he said, “I thought I had it in the bag after the front nine and then the back nine of Idlewild showed its teeth.” Immediately after his win, Kevin indicated that things would be more natural going forward. Asking him what he meant by that he said: “I think that being in the position to win and understanding you are in that position can add stress, now that I’ve done it it will be much easier to me.” With all of the hard questions wrapped up, there was only one left to ask – How does it feel? Kevin replied, “It feels cold; I got the Rick Jones special.” For those following at home, the Rick Jones special is a homage to Kevin’s father, a hall of fame high school football coach in his home state of Arkansas. After finishing an interview with Cory Murrell Kevin’s teammate, Charlie Cavalier dumped a jug of water on Kevin to celebrate his win.

Elsewhere in the field, Garrett Gurthie made moves, carding a nine-under-par round today. Garrett’s round was set after he landed six birdies on the front nine and then avoided the bogeys on the back nine to move up to a third-place podium finish. Trevor Harbolt also had a great round going six down on the day. His single-bogey performance allowed him to move up into a fourth-place finish, his best performance at a Pro Tour event in his career.

Calvin Heimburg and Dan Hastings would struggle on the lead card today both taking uncharacteristic triple and double bogeys respectively. Calvin would end up finishing the day two under par for the round. This would result in a fifth-place finish. Dan had a little bit better day going three down on his round, but due to the deficit he was trying to make up from Calvin and Garret and Trevor’s performances he ended up sliding down to a sixth-place finish.

It was a stellar weekend of competition at the Idlewild Open driven by Innova and The Nati Disc Golf. The Pro Tour will take a break for Pro Worlds which will take place August 10-17th. The next Pro Tour stop will be at the MVP Open August 29-September 1.