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

By Baker Helton
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Moving day is complete, and while there was no movement at the top of the leaderboard, plenty of players made moves to help solidify their positions on Championship Saturday. 

MPO 

Twelve under seems to be the hot score for the MPO division as it was recorded for the second day in a row. Paul Ulibarri went bogey-free to move up fourteen spots onto the lead card for the final day. He sits six strokes back from teammate and tournament leader Paul McBeth. 

McBeth was tied for the lead to start the day, but after playing ten-under on the day, he built some separation with a three-stroke lead going into the final round. Even with making a lead, McBeth wasn’t without his struggles. He took two bogeys on the day and felt like the three-putt for his second bogey put him in a hole. When talking about adjustments going into the final round, McBeth said, “I really want to clean up those putts. There’s not a lot of OB out here to get in trouble. If there were more OB I’d be in trouble.”  

Sitting three being McBeth is Calvin Heimburg. Heimburg was disappointed in his start on moving day, commenting after the round that he hoped he could start hotter on the final day. It was not his start that gave him trouble, though; it was his finish. Heimburg landed bogies on fourteen and sixteen. He was going for the eagle on sixteen and punched it deep in the woods and had to play catch up golf. Only three-back on McBeth Heimburg has a shot at overtaking McBeth on the final round. 

Joining the lead card for the final day will be Andrew Presnell. Presnell has had good showings at the Jonesboro Open, never finishing outside of the top 30 and finishing in a tie for 11th last year. Presnell is also looking to make the Tour Championship; while he was practically a shoo-in due to some of the players on the bubble not attending, finishing in the top ten will give him a good boost as we head to Charlotte.  

You can catch the final round live on the Disc Golf Network and Disc Golf Pro Tour YouTube page starting at 12:35 PM CT. 

FPO

The FPO division saw consistency on the lead card as Paige Pierce extended her lead while the rest of the card finished at seven-under-par.

Pierce was one off the pace she set on day one, finishing nine-under-par for the day. She had two bogeys on the day (holes six and eight) and landed an eagle on the downhill hole fourteen. Pierce did encounter a situation that rarely happens on the course, and that was a misplay. She walked up to a disc she had given to Hailey King and played from it instead of her own on hole eleven. This was caught immediately, which resulted in a one-throw penalty. 

On the rest of the card, Hailey King, Catrina Allen, and Jessica Weese all finished seven-under-par for the day. Hailey King sits eight-back of Pierce and the lead. She is also two ahead of third place. King will look to continue to stack up the birdies to bring home a second-place finish. 

Catrina Allen and Jessica Weese are currently tied for third place and will be battling to determine the podium’s final spot. Weese is struggling with an elbow injury, so we will keep a close eye on that to see how it affects her play here on Championship Saturday. 

You can watch all the action live on the Disc Golf Network and the Disc Golf Pro Tour YouTube starting at 3 PM CT.