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From Fairways to Victory – 2023 Zoo Town Open Recap

By Nick Quargnenti

Article written by: Nick Quargnenti – DGPT Marketing Coordinator

Evan Scott and Kristin Tattar at the 2023 Zoo Town Open in in Missoula, MT Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

The Blue Mountain Disc Golf Course in Missoula, MT witnessed an impressive showcase of pured lines and big throws during the 2023 Zoo Town Open proudly presented by Ink Realty Group and driven by Innova’s debut on the Disc Golf Pro Tour.

The event was a rollercoaster of thrilling disc golf action as Kristin Tattar (PDGA# 73986) and Evan Scott (PDGA# 89394) emerged as champions. Tattar dominated the FPO division for her 2nd straight Tour win, while Scott conquered the MPO division with an impressive 2 round performance (the final round of MPO action was canceled due to weather).

Kristin Tattar Celebrates Her Victory in Missoula, MT Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Kristin Tattar Secures Back-to-Back Wins!

With her victory at the Zoo Town Open, Kristin Tattar continues to make her mark on the 2023 season. Tattar has now won 6 of the 9 DGPT events that she’s entered, the win in Missoula is her 2nd consecutive 1st-place victory, following her win at the 2023 Portland Open. Additionally, this win brings Tattar to 13 total wins in the last 12 months, according to StatMando.

Tattar made her presence known from the very beginning of the event, setting the bar with a scorching hot round (10-under par) which would hold as the hottest score of the tournament. The remarkable score was matched by only one other player in the field, Catrina Allen (PDGA# 44184), who managed to tie the score during her final round. A blazing start in the 1st round, coupled with Tattar’s superb performance of 9-under par in round 2, granted her a substantial 3-stroke lead, a comfortable cushion entering Championship Sunday.

At the end of the tournament Tattar emerged as the clear victor with an exceptional score of 26-under par, 4-strokes better than the rest of the field. According to UDisc, Tattar ended the event with the best Parked percentage in the FPO field at 37%, the best in Circle 1 in Regulation percentage (50%), and the most strokes gained from tee to green (15.24). Tattar was clearly doing damage off the tee this weekend, and it carried her to victory.

Throughout the event, Missy Gannon (PDGA# 85942) put up a fierce fight, staying hot on Tattar’s heels and ultimately securing a well-deserved solo-2nd place. Gannon had the 2nd-best birdie percentage, 39%, just under Tattar’s 41%, according to UDisc.

Catrina Allen, on the other hand, spent the latter 36 holes of the event making up ground after a relativley flat start. She opened the tournament with a 2-under par 1st round, but followed it up with 9-under par and 10-under par scores on days 2 and 3. Allen finished with an outstanding score of 21 under par, and her exceptional finish propelled her to a well-deserved spot on the podium.

Evan Scott Claims Victory at the Zoo Town Open!

In accordance with our weather policies, the DGPT ended up making the decision to cancel the final round of the MPO division. With ongoing storms forecasted for the rest of the day, it was highly unlikely that a favorable weather window would emerge, enabling the completion of sufficient holes (13 by all groups) to deem the round recordable. Click here for more information.

Evan Scott Celebrates His Victory at the Zoo Town Open in Missoula, MT Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

The MPO side of the event was filled with palpable suspense, an atmosphere where victory seemed within reach for any contender after 2 intense days of play. Nevertheless, Evan Scott emerged with the momentum and a 4-stroke lead after 36 holes.

Coming off of a 59th-place finish at the Portland Open and T-2nd-place finish at the Cascade Challenge, the young 18-year-old from Duncan, South Carolina clinched his 1st DGPT win. Scott led the MPO field in birdie percentage at an astonishing 67% and in Circle 2 Putting at 71%, en route to a final score of 23-under par.

Trailing closely behind Scott was Clay Edwards (PDGA# 91397), a talented disc golfer hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina and representing Kastaplast. Closing out round 2 with a stellar overall score of 19 under par, Edwards cemented his position with a well-deserved solo-2nd place finish. According to UDisc, Edwards along with two others (Jake Monn and Austin Hannum) led the field in Fairway Hits (89%). Kudos to Edwards for achieving his finest performance of the season (thus far) in A-tier events and above.

Clay Edwards at the Zoo Town Open in Missoula, MT Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Tied for 3rd-place and the final podium position was Anthony Barela (PDGA# 44382) and Ty Love (PDGA# 89959) with scores of 18 under par. Both Barela and Love showcased their exceptional skills at Blue Mountain Disc Golf Course, leaving the event with a mere single bogey apiece after two rounds of play.

Ty Love and Anthony Barela at the Zoo Town Open in Missoula, MT Photo: Gage Hamilton / DGPT

Ace Alert!

Check out the incredible moment when Marty Grant (PDGA# 181124), a local from Missoula, MT, delivered a jaw-dropping ace on Hole 6 (324 ft)!

The Disc Golf Pro Tour resumes on June 16-18 at the renowned Dynamic Discs Open.

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