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MID-AMERICA OPEN – ROUND TWO RECAP

By Baker Helton
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Saturday’s action at the Joe Machens Toyota’s Mid America Open presented by Discraft has concluded and day two certainly didn’t disappoint. On-lookers were treated to lots of movement at the top of the field in the MPO division as several players on the lead card struggled and offered their positions to the large contingency of players within striking distance to start the day. Course conditions were a bit sloppy during round two and while scores weren’t as low as expected by some players, competition was tight and any chance at a runaway win was stymied.

 

Chris Dickerson continued his strong play throughout the event finishing with a 47 (-8) in round two, enough to keep his share of the lead. Joining Dickerson in the lead heading into day three is Kyle Klein who shot the first double-digit under par round of the weekend at 45 (-10). What it so surprising about both Dickerson’s and Klein’s Saturday scorecard is that both players carded back-to-back bogeys during round two. If either player can clean up their mistakes in round three, they will have a great chance at taking home their first DGPT event win of the year. A win this weekend would also guarantee Dickerson’s accession into the top 10 in DGPT tour points and would put Klein right on the doorstep.

 

Kyle Klein’s second round score of 55 (-10) currently sits as the hot round of the tournament and earned the young Professional from Michigan a PDGA round rating of 1063.

Other notable finishes in the Men’s field during round two included two 1053 rated (-9) rounds from Jeremy Koling (T-3rd) and Chandler Fry (T-5th). Fry, who jumped 15 spots and now sits at the top of the chase card heading into the final round, also carded an eagle (2) on the only par 4 on the course which marks the only eagle on the 434ft hole 8 for the weekend.

 

Rounding out the lead card with Klein, Dickerson, and Koling will be Andrew Marwede who shot a bogey-free 47 (-8). Koling and Marwede (tied for 3rd) trail Klein and Dickerson by only one stroke with 18 holes to play on Sunday.

 

Chandler Fry’s -9 under par round catapulted the Washington native up 16 spots from 21st to 5th place heading into Sunday’s final round. He currently sits only two strokes out of the lead.

In the FPO field, Ellen Widboom continued her consistent play throughout the weekend with a finishing score of 56 (+1). Widboom sits atop of the leaderboard above Missy Gannon (+2), Heather Young (+2), and Vanessa Van Dyken (+3).

 

Van Dyken tied Widboom for the hot round of the day in the Women’s field at one over par which jumped her from Saturday’s chase card to the final round lead card. Both competitors had similar scorecards, each carding two bogeys and a single birdie for the round.

 

Ellen Widbook looks to continue her consistent play heading into the final round in order to capture the second DGPT event win of her career.

Sitting on the top of the chase card in the FPO field are Sarah Gilpin and Deann Carey who both sit at four over par for the tournament. Both Gilpin and Carey are within striking distance of the lead and could make things interesting coming down the stretch if they can bite off some of the three stroke lead deficit early in Sunday’s final round.

 

Deann Carey sits at the top of the chase card heading into Sunday’s final round. The young player from North Carolina looks to capture her first DGPT win during her third year on tour.

Scores and stats will be available via UDisc Live, and tune in on April 25th, at 1:45 EST to catch the final round live on the Disc Golf Network. Post-production coverage of the second round MPO lead card will be available from Central Coast Disc Golf, and next-day coverage of the FPO lead card from GK Pro.