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A Grand Showdown at Harmony Bends – 2023 Mid America Open Recap

By Nick Quargnenti
Article written by: Nick Quargnenti – DGPT Marketing Coordinator

Andrew Presnell and Ohn Scoggins at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Yet another remarkable year at the prestigious Harmony Bends course in Columbia, Missouri has come to a close! The recently concluded Mid America Open (MAO), presented by Discraft, featured a formidable course design, which presented a myriad of challenging gaps demanding unwavering commitment and patience from competitors. As anticipated, the participants not only endured the scorching mid-America heat but also exhibited relentless determination, executing throws that left all spectators at the edge of their seats.

Both champions, Ohn Scoggins (PDGA# 48976) and Andrew Presnell (PDGA# 63765), proved their mettle by battling fiercely until the very end of their respective rounds, resulting in their well-deserved claim as DGPT Silver Event victors. Scoggins carried her momentum from a recent triumph at the 2023 PDGA Tim Selinske US Masters Disc Golf Championship, while Presnell, a hometown hero from Ozark, MO, showcased his prowess on the course.

Ohn Scoggins Seizes Victory at the Mid America Open!

Ohn Scoggins Celebrates Victory at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Ohn Scoggins, despite boasting multiple podium finishes on the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT), solidified her position with an outstanding victory at the Mid America Open with a score of 15 under par. This marks her first ever DGPT win, spanning Elite, Major, and Silver events. Ohn previously won the 2022 DGPT Match Play Championship, a DGPT Exhibition event.

In the initial round, Scoggins and the other FPO participants faced a formidable challenge as they tried to keep pace with Alexis Mandujano (PDGA# 62880), who set the course ablaze with a brilliant 9-under-par course record performance on day one. Mandujano’s score outpaced the previous course record by 8 strokes. On day two, Holyn Handley (PDGA# 133547) impressively joined Mandujano as the only other player to match the hot round of the weekend.

Alexis Mandujano at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Amidst the uphill battle for the top spot, Scoggins showcased unwavering determination, retaining her position on the lead card throughout the entire tournament. Her persistence paid off as she skillfully maintained a strong pace, gradually closing the gap on Mandujano’s lead. UDisc statistics revealed Scoggins’ remarkable performance, boasting an impressive Fairway Hits percentage of 91%, the highest in the FPO field. Additionally, she secured 2nd-place in Birdie rate percentage at 39%, closely trailing Mandujano who led with 43%.

During the second day, Scoggins displayed an outstanding performance, shooting an impressive 7-under-par, while Mandujano scored even. As round 2 concluded, Scoggins found herself at an impressive 15-under-par, holding a slender lead of just 2 strokes over Mandujano, setting the stage for an exhilarating final round on Championship Sunday. This pivotal lead would play a crucial role in determining the thrilling conclusion of the tournament.

In the ultimate showdown, Mandujano put up a fierce fight against Scoggins, who managed to shoot the ONLY bogey-free round of the entire tournament on the final day. As the final round unfolded, these skilled players found themselves tied for the lead, heading towards the formidable 18th hole at Harmony Bends. Regrettably, the challenging fairway on hole 18 proved to be Mandujano’s undoing as she scored a double-bogey, while Scoggins secured a par, ultimately crowning her the 2023 Mid America Open FPO champion.

Other standout performances during the weekend came from Lisa Fajkus (PDGA# 32654) and Kat Mertsch (PDGA# 99455), both of whom tied for the 3rd and final podium spot. Fajkus demonstrated remarkable scrambling skills with an 83% Scramble percentage, and she also secured second place in Fairway Hits percentage at an impressive 88%, right behind Scoggins. On the other hand, Kat Mertsch showcased her prowess by leading the field in Strokes Gained in Circle 2 and claiming second place in Parked Percentage at 11%, narrowly trailing Mandujano’s 13%.

Lisa Fajkus and Kat Mertsch at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Presnell’s Playoff Heroics Secure MAO Championship Over Buhr!

The MPO side showcased a riveting display, as a handful of contenders held firm in their leading positions. Meanwhile, the rest of the field experienced ups and downs, adding an air of unpredictability to the potential outcome. Notably, there were some delays due to severe weather conditions during day 2.

Andrew Presnell Celebrates Victory at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Just like the thrilling conclusion in the FPO division, the MPO side also provided an edge-of-the-seat experience. Andrew Presnell, a fellow Missourian from Ozark, MO, harnessed the momentum from his final round to force an intense showdown against Gannon Buhr (PDGA# 75412).

Harmony Bends’ hole 18 once again showcased its intensity, with Buhr managing a somewhat fortunate par-save, while Presnell secured a crucial birdie, setting the stage for an exciting playoff with both players tied at an impressive 24-under-par. The playoff at MAO involved repeating holes 1, 2, and 3 until a clear victor emerged.

Gannon Buhr at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

The tournament reached its thrilling climax at the subsequent playoff hole 1, the first in this exciting showdown. Both players were evenly matched until the moment of truth when they lined up their putts. In an unexpected turn, Buhr missed his circle 1 putt, paving the way for Presnell to secure his momentous first DGPT victory.

Presnell showcased his exceptional skills on the course, leading the field with an impressive 92% Fairway Hits percentage. His prowess in scrambling was equally remarkable, boasting a flawless 100% scramble rate. Notably, he also excelled in reaching Circle 2 in Regulation with an 80% success rate and tied with Gannon Buhr in a remarkable 53% Birdie Rate percentage, underlining his unwavering resilience throughout the tournament.

Kyle Klein (PDGA# 85132) managed to claim the final podium spot with a total score of 21 under par. Klein led the MPO field in Parked Percentage (24%). Following closely behind Klein was Chandler Kramer (PDGA# 139228) who led the field in reaching Circle 1 in Regulation (52%), according to UDisc.

Chandler Kramer and Kyle Klein at Harmony Bends in Columbia, MO Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

The Disc Golf Pro Tour resumes on August 3rd for the 2023 Discraft Ledgestone Open. Be sure to grab those spectator tickets now!

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