The temperature in Eureka might be below average but the competition is most certainly not. The second day of the Ledgestone Insurance Open presented by Discraft saw a
heated battle break out between the 4x World Champion, Valarie Jenkins and Jessica Weese. With Jenkins pulling ahead of Weese by one stroke going into the event third day.
Valarie Jenkins is known for her consistency and consistent she was on Friday. While many golfers were trying to score enough birdies to counteract their bogies, Jenkins played solid, consistent golf. After carding a bogey on the first hole, Jenkins didn’t see another bogey on her scorecard the rest of the day. Taking her opportunities when they presented themselves, Jenkins carded five birdies to bring her total score to 4-under par, 53. Jenkins shot the hot round of the field, capitalizing on 94% of her circle 1 putts and 40% of her circle 2 putts. Jenkins most impressive feat of the day may have been her ability to escape trouble as she successfully scrambled at an incredible 91% rate. This incredible number, alongside her hot putter, was the key for Jenkins to leap frog Weese and go into Saturday with a lead.
After a blazing hot start on Thursday, Weese cooled off a bit on Friday to fall off the lead. Even though Weese allowed Jenkins to eclipse her one stroke lead, she still managed the round’s second best score of a 2-under, 55. Starting the round off strong, Jessica birdied the 738 foot, par four to start the day. Weese, however, then double bogeyed the next hole. This two hole couplet was a perfect picture of Weese’s day, as she followed a birdie with a bogey or worse on four different occasions throughout the second round. Overall, she managed seven birdies on the day to counteract her three bogies and one triple bogey.
Down the leaderboard, Catrina Allen and Hailey King made the largest leaps of the day, both jumping up six spots from the previous day. Meanwhile reigning World Champion, Paige Pierce shot a 1-under par, 56 to move into third place and within striking distance and Ragna Bygde used her 1-over par round to round out Saturday’s lead card.
With Jenkins and Weese battling at the top and Pierce and Bydge lurking in third, the Ledgestone Insurance Open is far from done with fireworks. Be sure to stay tuned to UDisc Live and the Disc Golf Pro Tour as we continue to highlight all of the exciting action.
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