The Memorial Championship presented by Discraft provided us with exciting action up and down the scorecard. Both divisions have log jams at the top of the leaderboard with
JohnE McCray, Nikko Locastro, KJ Nybo, Ricky Wysocki, and Teemu Nissinen each shooting 10-under, 46 to top the men’s side and Catrina Allen, Sarah Hokom, and Paige Pierce topping out the women’s side with two-under par, 54s. We will examine the memorable and the forgettable moments from the first round at Fountain Hills.
Eagle McMahon needed nine holes to get over his Las Vegas Challenge victory hangover. After starting out the day even on the front nine, McMahon birdied the entire back nine, landing in Circle 1 on every single one of his last nine drives and capitalizing on his putts. McMahon’s nine-under, 47 has him in a tie for sixth place.
Arizona native, Anthony Barela, had a strong finishing birdie streak of his own, getting the last seven holes to finish seven-under, 49 and in a tie for 20th.
Paige Pierce is known for her distance driving and her arm came in handy on the 381 foot, hole 10. Pierce put her drive within the circle and made her 27 foot putt to score the only birdie on that hole in the entire field.
Five men were able to score the coveted bogey-free round with only white and blue across their UDisc scorecard. Simon Lizotte (-9), Bobby Musick (-8), Tyler Grady (-8) and James Conrad (-6) all went bogey-free and are all within striking distance of the lead going into day two.
Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen may be tied for the lead but both of them have the ability to improve on their first-round scores. Pierce and Allen’s Circle 1 putting total came in at 72% and 74% respectively, putting them near the bottom of the field in that category.
Paul McBeth’s only blemish of the day came on the very first hole of the event. McBeth went into the drink on hole one and took a double-bogey for the only orange on his scorecard. Paul was able to bounce back and scored 10 birdies en route to an eight-under par, 48 that puts him in a tie for ninth place.
Tune into the second day of the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft as the action moves to Vista Del Camino. Follow stats along live on UDisc Live and watch the live lead card coverage starting at 4 P.M. Eastern Time.
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