The DGPT Tour Championship is officially underway! The first day will be a whirlwind of competition for the MPO division while the women get to sit back and
watch the fireworks. With only five qualified competitors attending the Championship, those five women will join three other women who received a quarterfinals bye to compete for six spots in the semifinals.
FPO Quarterfinal Preview
As stated earlier, there are eight women playing the quarterfinal round, and only six will advance. Below we highlight all eight players and what they can do to still be playing on Saturday.
If Jessica had finished slightly higher at two DGPT events (outside of Utah) this year or played at Nick Hyde or Waco, she would have contended for a bye all the way to semis. Jessica showed in playoffs at both Utah and Ledgestone that she can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the FPO field. She has finished in the top five at every event she played in this year and will only need to finish in the top six to advance to the semi-finals round.
Melody is coming off a stellar performance at the Hall of Fame Classic and should be able to continue that performance during the quarter finals round on Friday. Melody had top ten finishes at all but two of the events she attended on the Pro Tour this year. With her added momentum from the Hall of Fame Classic we should see her easily make a run at finals if she has two hot rounds.
Lisa improved two spots on her Pro Tour Standings from last year, securing the last bye to quarter finals. Lisa finished in the top ten at every event she attended this year, her best finish being in 3rd at Idlewild. She only needs to finish in the top six on Friday to make her way into the semifinals round. Since the top three players will be on bye Friday, Lisa should be able to card a solid round in the quarterfinals and be contending for a spot in the finals with another solid round on Saturday.
The brains and brawn behind the Whale Sac, Tina will be looking to card a solid first round and advance to the semifinals to play on Saturday. Tina’s best finish (on the field) was 16th place at Ledgestone – the only DGPT event she cashed in this year. However, all she needs is one good round to get her to semis. She has carded several solid rounds this season and will be looking to put in the work on Friday to be playing for additional cash on Saturday.
Rebecca was the crowd favorite at Idlewild this year and did not disappoint. She carded her best Pro Tour finish of the season bringing home 5th place in her own back yard at Idlewild. Rebecca played the first leg of the tour this year plus Idlewild and that was enough for her to qualify for the Championship. Rebecca will be looking to build off her successful play at Idlewild in order to advance to the semifinals.
Courtney “Pixie” Cannon
Courtney has played in five Pro Tour events this season. Her consistent top 20 finishes landed her a qualified spot in the Pro Tour Championship. Pixie is looking to make a splash and advance to the semifinal round on Saturday. All it takes is one good round. Tune in on Friday to see if Pixie is able to put one together and advance to semifinals.
Nicole “Pickles” Dionisio
Nicole used solid finishes at Ledgestone and Vibram to vault her way into a qualified Pro Tour Championship spot. Pickles has spent a lot of time both on the road and playing regionally this year, constantly improving her game. The determination she has exhibited across the season will come into play this weekend. Pickles has been out practicing all week and is looking for that practice to pay-off come Friday. If she plays with the same grit and determination we have seen from her this year then we could see Pickles playing on Saturday.
Erika competed at only four Pro Tour stops this season and had a top fifteen finish at each of the four. If Erika can bring her consistent play from the beginning of the season to the Championship then we could have an interesting race on our hands to see who qualifies for the semifinal round in the FPO division.
There are eight solid competitors but only six spots to get to the semifinals. This will create some stiff competition where every throw matters. Tune-in at noon ET each day this weekend to watch the action!
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