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2018 Player of the Year Award

Each year the Disc Golf Pro Tour puts together a list of awards highlighting the success of players, events, and staff. Each day leading up to the new year we will take a moment to highlight one set of awards. Follow along to see who won what and highlights of how those feats were achieved.

The Player of the Year category is determined based on a combination of a player’s performance that includes both stats and the excitement of finishes. Historically, this award goes to either the Tour Points or Tour Championship winners, but it is important to note the award is not relegated to those individuals. However, this year, both players pulled off spectacular feats in their own rights.

In the MPO division Paul McBeth received the Player of the Year accolades. Paul McBeth took the tour by storm this season opting to play EVERY Pro Tour event for the first time since its inception. In doing so Paul was able to win the Tour Points by over 100 points. Not to be outdone, in one of his tournament wins, Paul McBeth carded an -18 round at Discraft’s Great Lakes Open .

In the FPO division the race for the Player of the Year award was significantly tighter. After suffering a heartbreaking loss early in the season at WACO, Sarah Hokom showed her experience on tour by recollecting herself and putting together a dominating rest of the season. Hokom started her Player of the Year push at San Francisco with an ACE that landed on SportsCenter and her first Pro Tour win of the season.
Sarah continued her hot streak by winning Discraft’s Great Lakes Open after taking a break from the Utah Open. While Sarah put together two impressive wins to make her push, her final two wins were what it took to put her over the top and win the Player of the Year Award for the 2018 season. Going into the final Pro Tour stop Sarah needed to beat Paige Pierce by three spots at the event to secure the Pro Tour Points award. Not only did Sarah beat Paige by six spots, she also won the event. This win helped to put Sarah on the map for the Player of the Year award in the FPO division. It was now up to the Pro Tour Championship to see how we would determine who brought home the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour Player of the Year Award. Sarah was able to bring home the win at the Pro Tour Championship and consequently vault herself into the Player of the Year Award.

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