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Mid-America Open: Round One Recap

By Baker Helton
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The first round of the 36th Annual Mid America Open presented by Discraft did not start as planned. With a three-hour weather delay for the FPO and two-hour weather delay for MPO, the mood had a chance to be dampened early. However, spirits were high as players were excited to play the top-rated Harmony Bends course. 

Due to the weather, holes one through three were unable to be played as well as hole eighteen. This resulted in only fourteen holes being played today. 

FPO

In the FPO division, competition is close with a three-way tie for second and Courtney Cannon only leading the field by one stroke. Lisa Fajkus, Cynthia Ricciotti, and Kat Mersch are all in the hunt, with 36 holes still left to play. The chase card is also within striking distance, with three of the four players being within five strokes or less. 

MPO

The MPO division saw players spread across a few different cards today and the hot round coming from Kevin Jones. Kevin carded an -8 under par with ten birdies, two bogeys, and only two pars. When he finished today, he commented that rounds are easy when there are stress-free birdies. 

The next closest competitors are Nikko Locastro and Jake Hebenheimer, who are four off of the pace. Rounding on tomorrow’s lead card will be Brian Earhart, who secured his spot with an ace on 16 and having the lowest PDGA number out of a slew of competitors who are all sitting at -3 under par. 

Notable players in the MPO field looking to make a move on moving day are Chris Clemons, Adam Hammes, and Terry Rothlisberger who are all at -3 under par; Paul Ulibarri and Zackeriath Johnson who are at -2 under par; and a slew of other touring Pros who are at -1 under par. 

You can catch MPO coverage on GK Productions and FPO coverage for the first two rounds on Under Par Productions, with the final round being on GK Productions. As always, you can follow scores live throughout the weekend on UDisc Live