Skip to main content

Utah Open Day Three FPO Recap: No playoff needed

It’s the final round for the FPO division at the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour – Utah Open presented by Prodigy Discs.  Under sunny skies and calm winds, the weather couldn’t be
any nicer as the FPO division teed-off to start their rounds.  Coming into today’s final round we had a tight grouping on the leader card, with Catrina Allen leading by one-stroke over Jessica Weese and Paige Bjerkaas, who were both just one-stroke in front of Lisa Fajkus.   On the chase card, Kona Panis and Karina Nowels were both tied-up at eleven over and just five-strokes off the lead. Colleen Thompson and Amy Bilodeau round-out the chase card and had some work cut-out for them if they wanted to challenge the leaders on the final round of the Utah Open.
As the FPO division started their round, it was Catrina Allen who drew first blood on the 369-foot 2nd hole, as she converted her birdie 2 from a knee just outside C1.

She would go on to collect a solid string of pars and only one bogey to make the turn at even par for the front-9 and increase her lead by three-strokes over Jessica Weese and Lisa Fajkus, who each had one birdie on the front side but suffered multiple bogies as well.  Paige Bjerkaas got off to a bit of a shaky start with bogies on holes 1, 6 and 9 and dropped one-stroke to both Fajkus and Weese, and four-strokes to the leader, Catrina Allen, as they made the turn to the backside of the challenging Mulligans Creekside DGC.
On the chase card, Kona Panis maintained a comfortable lead over the rest of the field and began reeling-in Paige Bjerkaas with a birdie on hole 11.  As the lead card made the turn to the back 9, both Weese and Fajkus showed they still had a desire to win, as they both carded birdies on hole 10 and gained back a stroke from Catrina.  Unfortunately for Fajkus, she would go onto bogey hole 14, only to follow it up with a triple-bogey and bogey on the 15-16th holes. In fact, the entire lead card struggled on hole 15 with bogies or worse, except for Paige Bjerkaas, who took full advantage and carded a birdy 3 on the difficult 651-foot par 4.  Bjerkaas would move to the front of the box for Hole 16 and again gained a stroke on the rest of the card by making the only par, which propelled her into a 2nd place tie with Weese and the momentum needed to finish strong.
On the 17th hole, Bjerkaas was able to secure sole possession of 2nd Place with a par, as Jessica Weese ended up carding a bogey.  Catrina Allen only needed to par-out the final two holes to ensure her victory at the 2018 Utah Open, which she did in stylish fashion.  However, coming into the final hole, Lisa Fajkus would need a walk-off ace to have a chance at 2nd place, but only managed a par, which gave her 4th place overall for the tournament, 3-strokes in front of Kona Panis.  Jessica Weese, now in 3rd place, would need to take a stroke back from Bjerkaas on the finishing hole for a chance to tie for 2nd overall. The pressure for 2nd place mounted on the tee of the picturesque island 18th green finishing hole, as both Bjerkaas and Weese put their drives inside C1 to give them opportunities at birdie.  Bjerkaas was unable to convert, and Jessica Weese took full advantage and made her birdie to secure a tie for 2nd place overall with Paige Bjerkaas.

Catrina Allen earns the victory at the 2018 Utah Open, with three-strokes over Bjerkaas and Weese, who finished two-strokes in front of Lisa Fajkus.
Make sure to watch the final round of the FPO lead card action starting at 4 PM ET on the Disc Golf Pro Tour YouTube channel , and please remember to share with friends !