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Ace & Glory – 2023 Beaver State Fling Recap

By Nick Quargnenti
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Eagle McMahon and Jennifer Allen Secures Victory at the 2023 Beaver State Fling in Oregon. Photos: DGPT

The DGPT Silver Event at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, OR, offered another exhilarating week of disc golf action during the Beaver State Fling. According to StatMando, the Beaver State Fling comes in as the strongest DGPT Silver field of the year so far in both MPO & FPO.

Eagle McMahon (PDGA# 37817) and Jennifer Allen (PDGA# 15354) emerged as the champions of the 2023 Beaver State Fling. These two players showcased their indomitable spirit and conquered the challenging terrain of Milo McIver State Park, delivering strong performances and breathtaking moments as each player secured their first DGPT victory of the season.

Jennifer Allen Celebrates an Emotional Victory on Sunday in Estacada, Oregon. Photo: DGPT

Jennifer Allen Claims Victory with Unforgettable Opening Shot

With the victory this weekend, Jennifer Allen has earned her FIRST DGPT win! Allen put together a commanding round on Saturday, her 10 under moving day round was the hot round of the tournament in the FPO division. Holding a 2-stroke lead heading into Championship Sunday, Allen exhibited unwavering confidence that reverberated throughout the entire round. To top it off, Allen captivated spectators by unleashing a flawless first shot of the day on the tournament’s opening hole. This awe-inspiring ACE symbolized Allen’s journey towards triumph, and one could argue it was the difference maker for Allen (as she’d go on to win the event by just 2 strokes).

Holyn Handley (PDGA# 133547) valiantly battled through every round, displaying determination that matched Jennifer Allen’s unyielding confidence. Handley showcased her exceptional skills by claiming the top spot in multiple statistical categories. She led the FPO division in parked drives (19%) and circle 2 putts (27%). She also matched Jennifer Allen’s final performance with a score of 8-under par on Sunday.

Adding to the intrigue, during the final round Handley delivered a jaw-dropping 49 ft putt on hole 17 to stay within a stroke of the lead (and setting the stage for a thrilling final hole showdown).

Despite Handley’s valiant efforts, Jennifer Allen ultimately emerged as the victor, securing a final score of -23, leaving Handley 2 strokes behind with her impressive -21 performance. Allen and Handley’s fierce competition left the rest of the FPO field trailing in their wake, there was an astonishing 10-stroke gap between 2nd and 3rd place scores.

In the captivating race for the 3rd place position, Maria Oliva (PDGA# 63257), Rebecca Cox (PDGA# 32917), and the ever-determined Ohn Scoggins (PDGA# 48976) engaged in a thrilling battle. Ultimately, it was Oliva who clinched the podium finish with a final score of 11-under par. According to UDisc, Scoggins secured the coveted top spot in circle 1 putting throughout the tournament (87%).

Maria Oliva & Ohn Scoggins at the 2023 Beaver State Fling on Sunday in Estacada, Oregon. Photo: DGPT

Eagle Soars to Victory: McMahon Dominates Beaver State Fling

With competitive play in the MPO division, the stage was set for an intense battle in the final round. Holding a slim one-stroke lead, Eagle McMahon found himself on the verge of claiming the coveted title, while a host of formidable competitors left no stone unturned in their quest to snatch the victory. Following a grueling contest, McMahon emerged triumphant with an outstanding score of 31 under par, securing his long-awaited first win of 2023!

According to StatMando, McMahon is only the second MPO player to win a DGPT event the week after missing cash at a DGPT event (Simon Lizotte was the first after winning the 2022 MVP Open a week after missing cash at the 2022 Green Mountain Championship). McMahon led the field in birdie percentage (57%), circle 2 in regulation (80%, tied with Calvin Heimburg), scramble rate (100%), and finished 2nd in fairway hits (87%, right below Cale Leiviska, PDGA# 24341).

McMahon now has 4 wins and 7 podium finishes in MPO events over the last 12 months.

Andrew Presnell & Calvin Heimburg finished second at the 2023 Beaver State Fling. Photo: DGPT

Injecting a thrilling dose of suspense as the final round neared its conclusion, Calvin Heimburg (PDGA# 45971) and Andrew Presnell (PDGA# 63765) intensified the competition with a battle for second place, they would ultimately tie with impressive total scores of 28-under par. Gannon Buhr (PDGA# 75412) shot -26 earning a solo fourth-place finish, and Niklas Anttila (PDGA# 91249) followed closely behind Buhr, tying Carter Ahrens (PDGA# 88279) at -25. Ahrens, just 15 years old, delivered an exceptional performance on Championship Sunday. He shot a scorching 12-under par round, the hot round of the day, which propelled him to a well-deserved fifth-place finish.

The Disc Golf Pro Tour resumes on May 26-28 at the Cascade Challenge in Washington State.

Eagle McMahon and Jennifer Allen Celebrate Their Victories at the 2023 Beaver State Fling. Photo: DGPT

Article written by: Nick Quargnenti – DGPT Marketing Coordinator

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