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Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodigy: Round One Recap

By Baker Helton
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The first day of competition is in the books at the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodigy, and it was quite the exciting one from un-official 1026 rated rounds in FPO and a filmed ace in MPO. The action is just heating up with two days of competition left. 

MPO

It was a tail of two times as players on the 9:36 AM tee time, and the 1 PM tee time united to take a share of the lead after day one. 

Teeing off early in the morning was Calvin Heimburg. Taking part in the Gatekeeper Media round one feature card, Heimburg is looking to bookend his season with Disc Golf Pro Tour victories. Heimburg started the day slow and included a bogey on hole five before proceeding to birdie eleven of the final thirteen holes. 

Teeing off in the afternoon was defending champion Paul McBeth. McBeth went bogey-free on the day en route to tieing Heimburg for the lead. McBeth started the day saying that anything nine or better at the course was solid, and he proved so in his play today. When looking towards a calmer forecast for moving day, McBeth said that it would open the door for him to be more aggressive early on in the round. 

Joining Heimburg and McBeth on the lead card tomorrow will be Thomas Gilbert. This is not the first time the season we have seen Gilbert push towards the top of the pack. He set the pace early at Idlewild before dropping off down the stretch. Gilbert attributed his controlled distance to why he is on the lead card going into moving day. He said, “there are a lot of holes that are just on the edge of their distance [other players], so being able to get those shots there are helpful.” 

Rounding out the lead card tomorrow will be lefty Reid Frescura. Frescura made a name for himself by skipping his drives off the water on Hole 17 at the Lake Eureka Temp course during Ledgestone a few years ago. Still, the Michigan native has the skills to back up his trick shots and is in an excellent position to make moves towards the top three on Friday. 

Speaking of trick shots, there was one ace on the day, caught on film by Jomez Pro and witnessed by Jeremy Koling. Garrett Gurthie found the basket in one on hole fifteen today, which helped land him on chase card for the second round. 

Live coverage of the MPO division of Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodigy begins at 12:35 PM CT. Make plans to tune in and watch on the Disc Golf Network!

FPO

Moving over to the FPO side, a few newer faces made their way towards the top of the leaderboard, but none of the competition matched the unofficial 1026 rated round put up by the current tournament leader. 

Coming in early as one of only five players under par today was Krissie Fountain. Fountain hails from Manor, Texas, and turned pro in 2018. This year has been Fountain’s first season to play Disc Golf Pro Tour events, and previously, she finished 20th at the Waco Annual Charity Open. Fountain finished one-under-par and will lead off the chase card tomorrow. 

While Fountain was finding success on the big stage today, defending champion Paige Pierce was also finding success through the hot round she was laying down on the lead card. Pierce secured ten birdies today to finish with an unofficial 1026 rated round. Pierce will look to widen her lead on moving day at the Disc Side of Heaven. 

Trailing Pierce today but still in the hunt is Hailey King. King had five bogeys that, if traded for pars, would result in her being only one throw off the lead. King has the distance and wherewithal to go toe-to-toe with Pierce but being six-throws behind her; it will be an uphill climb all weekend. 

In a tie for third at two-under-par is Jessica Weese and Catrina Allen. Weese and Allen both struggled in their own ways today. Weese with trouble early, and Allen by finishing her round with two back-to-back bogeys. Outside of these few miscues, though, both players had solid rounds. 

The play is just heating up at the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodigy. Make plans to watch moving day on the Disc Golf Network starting at 3 PM CT for the FPO division.