Day one of the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Prodigy is in the books, and we have eight men advancing from the field of sixteen to play in tomorrow's quarterfinals.
The fourth and second cards from today featured two no-shows. This year the Disc Golf Pro Tour implemented a $100 "confirmation" fee to try and assure every player who said they were attending would attend (and not leave anyone out who would want to play). When the noon and 2 PM cards started Devan Owens, and Bobby Musick were not at their tee times. Neither of them contacted the Pro Tour ahead of time; otherwise, we would have offered those positions to other players.
That being said, there were still eight players who advanced at the end of the day. The hot rounds happened on the Noon, 2 and 3 PM cards with Anthony Barela, Joel Freeman, and Chris Dickerson. Carding a -10 and guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals round as it set the course record for this layout. Joel and Anthony both made up ground on their competitors by mixing birdies with zero OB strokes. Anthony had one blemish on his card when he bogeyed hole two. He had to scramble after his drive and struggled down the fairway, but ultimately this was his only blemish for the day.
Chris Dickerson was on the 3 PM tee time, and he played with a cast of players who struggled to find their stride. Chris did have one OB penalty and bogey on hole 6A. However, Chris did not let either of these factors bring down his game, and he found his stride and rolled through the competition.
Reid Frescura also started hot and showed us why he was able to advance all the way to semifinals last year at the Championship. While he struggled with C2 putting, he was able to avoid any bogeys or OB to finish -9 for the day.
Calvin Heimburg finished at -8 and also voided bogeys but did have one OB. Calvin was playing well enough that on 18 instead of going for the birdie from just outside circle two he layed up the putt and took the par.
Seppo Paju was the next in line when it comes to scoring. Seppo has a unique path to the quarterfinals as he is one of two players who had two or more OB's in his round. Seppo had four OB throws. If he can clean those up, he would have carded the hot round for the day. While everyone above him has avoided OB, Seppo capitalized even with them. Only two of his OB's resulted in bogeys. Watch for Seppo to turn on the heat tomorrow and avoid the OB. If Seppo plays like he did today, we could see him advance all the way to the finals.
Colton Montgomery and Andrew Presnell finished the day on the bubble with a -4 and -3 respectively. When they finished their rounds, there were plenty of holes left to play for the last card. Andrew Presnell said as he was leaving that he was not going to check scores until all cards were turned in. Colton birdied hole 18 to move over the -3 bubble and guarantee his spot.
While Andrew was not watching scores, Simon Lizotte was working things out on the course. At one point the commentators on the live feed had even written Simon off. On Hole 15 Simon carded a birdie and turned things around. On hole 17 Simon kicked it up a notch and landed the eagle two. At this point, Simon needed a birdie on 18 to tie Andrew Presnell and advance based on tour points. Simon threw a roller off the tee, a clear upshot, and then his third upshot he was inside ten feet, and he carded the easy birdie four. Simon then advanced, and Andrew was the first player to not advance to quarterfinals.
Other players who did not make the cut
Peter McBride, Austin Hannum, and Zach Melton struggled throughout their rounds today. They ultimately finished at the bottom of the 14 who played.
Dave Feldberg started the day hot but then cooled down after taking a double bogey on hole eight. Dave's day got worse as he was called for a foot fault on hole 16 and was ultimately assessed a penalty for the error.
A. J. Risley was the closest to making the cut today. If he had finished at -3 he would have beaten the tie with Andrew Presnell based on his tour points standing. A. J. had several spots where he could have made up the one stroke, though the double OB penalty on hole 10 was one he would like to have back. Additionally, the missed C1 putt on 18 could have sealed the deal, but he left it just high, bouncing off the flag on top of the basket.
Tomorrow for the quarterfinals round the cards will be set based on tour points, and yet again the top eight scores (regardless of the card) will advance. It is shaping up to be another exciting day. Make sure you are ready to watch again tomorrow starting at noon ET where we will showcase both rounds of the women's semifinals.
Article written by DGPT VP of PR Seth Fendley
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