There are more than a handful of amazing stories to tell about moving day of the 2018 MVP Open at Maple Hill. Sarah Hokom has peeled away with the lead at 6 under par and Ricky Wysocki leapt 29 spots from thirtieth to 1st with an unoffical 1108 rated 46. Add to that a fine set of four aces plus the finals for the field events and you've got yourself a great day of disc golf in New England..
First, go watch this ace:
You're welcome. Let's break MPO down real quick. Wysocki's ace was one of four, with Trevor Harbolt on 8 as well, Able Virgile on 5, and Jeremiah Libby on 4. Though none of them were able to climb straight to the top from their cards. Teeing off on the tenth card today at 1 under par, Ricky seemed far from in the hunt. But an unofficial 1108 rated 46 puts him right back in the mix with an opportunity to be the first back-to-back winner of the Open at Maple Hill. His competition is fierce though, as McBeth strung together what now looks like a casual 52 with 9 birdies and 2 bogeys. Rounding out tomorrow's lead card is Calvin Heimburg (12 under) and James Conrad (11 Under). Nate Sexton slipped on the front but recovered on the back to tie Conrad. He'll play on the top of the Chase card tomorrow. Read our full coverage of the division here.
Hokom showed up weeks early this year and it has really paid off. She's been camping right on site with her bed practically in circle one from her practice basket. The practice is showing as she made 90% of her putts from inside circle 1, bu the key to her success was giving herself opportunities off the tee and on the approach - parking 25% of the holes today. Paige Bjerkaas has put her mark on the course today, bettering yesterday's even round with a three under par. She's leading the pack in birdies, but has to clean up the bogey's if she has any chance of catching Hokom tomorrow - par half the holes she bogeyed and she'd be in first by two. One round to make it happen remains. Rounding out the lead card will be Rebecca Cox (1 over par) and Lisa Fajkus (2 over par). Read our full coverage of the FPO division here.
In the field events Drew Gibson took home the distance competition title with a shot 21 feet from the mouth of the green on hole 1. Almost 800 feet. Plenty of the field threw further but they had to have some accuracy too. For putting, Matt Bell walked away with the win. After a series of head-to-head battles on the putting towers, besting even Tour Director Steve Dodge on the way, canning all five levels in a mere handful of seconds. When it came to throwing lids though it was Peter McBride's night, knocking out plenty of classic era lid throwers along the way.
Article written by DGPT Editor & Writer Zach Podhorzer.
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