It’s hard to talk about an Open at Maple Hill and not start on Paige Pierce. She has been playing this event since before she was 21. In her first three performances, she clenched three top 10 finishes before going starting a win-streak that has yet to end with four total victories. It’s hard to pick a better favorite than Pierce when she’s returning to a track she’s won on before, but Paige has stumbled lately. She won the first nine events of her year, but in the last seven events, she has only won twice, even falling below the top three at Ledgestone. Comparing her performance at Ledgestone, a pair of courses that offers a bit more scoring opportunities than Maple Hill, to her performance at the 2017 Vibram Open.
Speaking of contemporary legends, sort the registration list by rating and right behind Pierce is a litany of household names at this point. Sarah Hokom’s season continues to go well, as her rating climbed to 961 with the last update. Hokom is looking to pick up her second win at Maple Hill after 6 years since her last win in 2011. Catrina Allen also snuck in a victory at Maple Hill in 2012 before Pierce started her tour of domination in 2014. Jessica Weese made her mark at Ledgestone two weeks ago and will likely be in the hunt here. Lisa Fajkus, Madison Walker, are registered, the question remains, will they strike this year at the MVP Open?
Maple Hill is a truly incredible track to play disc golf on. If you’ve never been and you can make it this year, you won’t regret it. The weather is looking absolutely prime for the whole weekend. The Pros are all out practicing, visualizing their game plan to take down the 2018 MVP Open. If you can’t catch the action in-person making sure to follow our Watch page for information on how to see it all unfold digitally.
This article written by DGPT Editor & Writer Zach Podhorzer .