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Pierce Storms Back, Survives Scare to Win WACO in Dramatic Fashion Over Sarah Hokom

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Paige Pierce just finds a way to win. After being down six strokes going into the last round, Pierce stormed back and came back from a meltdown on hole 17 to
persevere and capture the title of the 2018 Waco Annual Charity Open Champion.
With Pierce’s track record, no one was counting her out to make the final round comeback. Pierce did her job through the first sixteen holes as she went nine-under par to put herself at eight-under for the event and two strokes ahead of Hokom. All that stood in Pierce’s way were the treacherous holes 17 and 18. After being stuck behind her tree after her drive on 17, Pierce opted to lay up but she shanked her layup out of bounds. Paige then opted to forehand her fourth shot but landed just outside circle two. Opting to run the putt, Pierce shot went long and she just escaped the OB water behind the basket. If Pierce could have converted her putt, she would have at least salvaged being tied with Hokom going into the last hole but Pierce three-putted inside circle one and with a Hokom par, it looked as if her comeback would be for naught.
With a two-stroke lead going into the last hole, all Hokom needed to do was stay safe in order to win. Hokom opted with her weaker shot, the backhand, off the tee to go away from the water but tragically, the shot went way left and out of bounds. Pierce, knowing she needed to do something special, went for the green with her shot and cleared it easily, giving herself a look for eagle just outside circle two. From Hokom’s position, she did not see a clear pathway to the basket and decided to lay up near the water’s edge. Still, all Hokom needed to do was go up and down for the bogey and a Pierce miss would force a playoff. Hokom put her upshot 20 feet long of the basket leaving Pierce with a decision.
Opting to go for the win, Pierce stepped up and jump putted. With the large gallery holding their collective breath, Pierce’s putt clanked just low off the cage. If Hokom made her putt, there would be a playoff. With a ripping wind, Hokom’s nose down putt hit off the cage and Pierce was able to tap in for the dramatic victory.
Pierce ended her day with a six-under par 61 and finished seven-under for the tournament. Hokom’s finish put her at one-over 68 for the day and a disappointing one stroke behind Pierce. Lisa Fajkus finished in third place with a tournament total of four-over and Rebecca Cox and Ellen Widboom finished in a tie for fourth at seven-over.
You can catch all of the action live at 4pm ET today . The Disc Golf Pro Tour will be back in two weeks in Jonesboro, Arkansas for the Jonesboro Open presented by Prodicus. Stay tuned to the Disc Golf Pro Tour April 6-8 for all of the exciting action.