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MVP Open at Maple Hill: Round One Recap

By Baker Helton
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The wooded fairways of Maple Hill provided quite a bit of excitement for the first day of competition at the MVP Open. With multiple aces and some new faces at the top of the leaderboard, it is shaping up to be an exciting weekend.

MPO

Coming in on one of the first cards of the day was Kyle Klein. Klein set the pace with a seven-under-par performance. With his only bogey coming after he went OB on his putt on 14, Klein looked to make his way on to the lead card up until the last two cards of the day came into the clubhouse. Garrett Gurthie, Kevin Jones, Ricky Wysocki, and Paul McBeth were all in the hunt to push him out based on PDGA number, all but Gurthie had miscues on hole eighteen, which caused them to finish at six-under-par. Klein will enter the day in a tie for second, two off of the lead.

The hot round of the day into the clubhouse came from the 11 AM tee time and Andrew Fish. Fish is playing the Maple Hill event for the first time in five years. Fish was able to keep a clean scorecard and vault his way to the top of the leaderboard. After the round, Fish said that the key to success at Maple Hill is keeping things clean, and he felt like he did a good job of accomplishing that goal. He said once he made his way out front through success on the front nine, he walked things in to finish out the day. Fish leads the event by two going into moving day. 

Joining Fish on the lead card in a tie for second with Kyle Klein will be Garrett Gurthie. Gurthie had an opportunity to be in a tie for the lead, but two bogeys today pushed him down to second. Gurthie’s bogey on seven came after missing the fairway, and his second one on fifteen came after he two-putted the hole. After watching his card mate, Kevin Jones, go OB on hole eighteen, Gurthie played it safe and walked his way on to the lead card for round number two. 

Rounding out the lead card tomorrow will be Paul McBeth, who finishes the day in a tie for fourth with Kevin Jones and Ricky Wysocki. McBeth was vaulting up the leaderboard on the front nine, including carding an ace on hole eight. McBeth then struggled down the stretch on the back nine, playing even par after his ace. McBeth said he didn’t feel like his ace affected his rhythm but instead referenced waiting on hole eight for a rule clarification that may have influenced his play on the back nine. 

Barely missing the lead card for round two were Kevin Jones and Ricky Wysocki. Jones played clean golf until hole sixteen, where he was unable to replicate his ace from yesterday’s skins match. He carded another bogey on eighteen after going OB when trying to make the green, which pushed him down to six-under for the round. Wysocki had a difficult start but charged back after a triple bogey on six. He birdied holes nine through fourteen to put himself back into contention. He also went OB trying to make the green on eighteen, which pushed him back to six under par. 

The top of the pack is close together going into moving day. Make plans to tune in to the Disc Golf Network at 12:35 PM ET to see who separates themselves from the pack. 

FPO

The FPO division teeing off second on the day had very favorable conditions as they played one of the first rated rounds on the new Diamond layout. 

Lisa Fajkus was the only player not on the feature card to make their way onto the lead card going into moving day. Fajkus’s one-under-par performance put her in fourth place and in a position to move onto the podium during round two. 

A bulk of the FPO division’s action came from the feature card today as Sarah Hokom, Catrina Allen, and Paige Pierce will all be returning to the lead card tomorrow. 

Defending champion Paige Pierce leads the field in Circle One and Circle Two in Regulation and Birdie percentage. Still, she is currently in third place after carding four bogies and one double-bogey during her round. Her aggressive play led to a few miscues, which resulted in her being two-back of the lead going into round two. 

Finishing the day in second place is Catrina Allen. Allen avoided the bogies (taking only two on the day) to complete her round three-under-par. It was Allen’s scramble rate that kept her in the hunt. She leads the field with an 80% rate after missing only one scramble (not making a throw-in on hole eight after going OB on the drive). Allen is poised to challenge the lead tomorrow on moving day. 

Leading the tournament in the FPO division is the 2018 MVP Open Champion Sarah Hokom. Hokom is no stranger to success at this event, and in her thirteenth year playing it, she feels comfortable going into moving day. When reflecting on her round, she stated, “I played the front really good. I was hitting my lines and getting the birdies when I could. I started to struggle in the middle, which is where I usually struggle, and I think I finished pretty strong with a couple of birdies on the last four.” 

Hokom finished the day with a birdie on eighteen. When asked about the new teepad for the FPO division, Hokom said, “Honestly, that’s an extremely comfortable hole for me. I’m throwing a hyzer wide… and it’s two really comfortable shots for me to have a shot at birdie.” 

Hokom will look to extend her lead tomorrow during round two of the MVP Open. 

Lead card coverage of the FPO division begins at 3 PM on the Disc Golf Network. Make plans to tune in and watch!