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2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship FPO Finals Recap: Four, then two, but only one Champion

By Baker Helton
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The 2019 Disc Golf Pro Tour is int he books for the FPO division, and we had to go to a playoff to determine our Champion. The day started with Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen, Sarah Hokom, and Rebecca Cox, all with an equal shot at bringing home the Tour Championship Title. Rebecca Cox came in as the short-term favorite carding the hot round yesterday in semifinals. Sarah Hokom came in as the pre-event favorite after winning the previous two events on tour. With the players who finished first and second in tour points on the card, it was set to be a great day.

Out of the gate, the card had a two throw lead on Catrina Allen as they took birdies to her bogey. Hokom would then have a four-throw lead on Catrina Allen after the second hole with Allen taking another bogey and Hokom her second birdie. Catrina would gain one throw back to be within three going into the back-nine.

While Allen and Hokom represented the disparity early, Pierce and Cox were trying their best to stay in the running. Cox was keeping things together until hole seven, where she took a double-bogey. This would drop her to two over par, tied with Pierce for third going into the back-nine. Cox was able to finish out the day one-over-par with a birdie and a bogey on the back-nine shooting even par. Pierce would look to get back on track with back-to-back birdies on ten and eleven, but a double-bogey seven on thirteen was pretty much enough to put her out of contention.

The story of the day was with Catrina Allen and Sarah Hokom. Being one-under-par going into the back-nine Hokom had a two-throw lead over the field. She opted to play par-golf through the woods, challenging the rest of the card to come after her. Catrina Allen would be the one to challenge. Allen’s run started with an eagle on hole thirteen and then a birdie on fourteen. She would wipe out two of the throws she gained back with a double-bogey on fifteen. She would then grab two more birdies on sixteen and seventeen all the while Hokom was taking pars. Then on seventeen Hokom ended up with a bogey. A two-throw swing. A tie. On hole eighteen Catrina would have a look at birdie, she hit front cage. Playoff.

The playoff is set to be 1-18 repeating. It would only take one hole. Both players hit the same tree on their drive. Catrina’s would land in the middle of the fairway. Hokom’s would bounce left giving her a rough position for an upshot. Catrina would throw first, her upshot bounced and nearly landed in the basket. She was parked for the three. Hokom’s upshot would leave her about 20ft short through the trees. She was unable to convert. Catrina Allen became the first player to win the Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship twice. Allen won the first year in 2016 and this year needed one playoff hole to seal the victory.