We’ve finally made it through winter to disc golf season. The days are getting longer and warmer. In Scottsdale, Arizona the weather is looking just right for a disc
golf tournament. On Wednesday the Disc Golf Pro Tour season tees off with the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. There are 30 players signed up for the FPO division this year and it is the star-studded cast you would expect an event of this caliber to draw.
Until the 2017 season, the battle for the top player in FPO was hard to call. Valerie Jenkins, Catrina Allen, Sarah Hokom, to name a few have all had hot years and have claimed themselves at least one World Championship. Val won’t be making it this year but Catrina and Sarah will. After Paige Pierce’s 2017 season, if they want to win, they know their game has to be top notch.
A good subtitle for the Memorial might read “Paige’s Victory Lap in Arizona”. Since her first showing in 2011, Paige has won the event five times. If that wasn’t impressive enough she has crushed the competition quite regularly.
Paige had a rocky start this week at the Las Vegas Challenge but worked her way from an eight throw deficit after the first round to win by three at the end of day four. Paige isn’t the only player with distance or a resilient mind game on the course. Jennifer Allen and Catrina Allen can throw sick distance with their backhands, Sarah Hokom and Jessica Weese have stunning power on their forehands, and folks like Lisa Fajkus (who can throw plenty far) will be draining putts.
At the end of the day, I won’t be startled if Paige puts another mark on the wall for this one; I will be surprised if anyone lets her take the win easy. It’s a new season, we don’t know what everyone’s off-season prep looked like, or where their game is right now. What we do know is that the best disc golf there is to be seen this weekend is in Scottsdale, AZ at the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. Live coverage starts every day at 4 PM EST and post-production rounds being posted the next day. Don’t miss any of the action and make sure to check back here daily for more previews, stat analysis, and round recaps. Until then, get outside and play some disc golf! The 2018 Season is officially here!
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