The Discraft Great Lakes Open has come to a close for the FPO division, and the race for first was not even close. Starting the day with a seven throw lead, Paige Pierce was able to seal the win early.
Paige started the day four down through the first six holes while the rest of the lead card only was able to make two down. Gaining two throws on the field gave Paige a nine throw advantage going into the back nine. At that point, she was able to put her play on autopilot to bring home the victory. When asked about how it felt Paige said she was able to minimize mistakes on the course which was her key to victory. Paige had said earlier in the weekend a -6 was the round players would need to win. When asked how she felt about landing the -5 today and not quite getting to the -6 goal she said that it still felt great and she was glad to bring home the win. With this win Paige was able to increase her Pro Tour Standings lead, she had the following to say "It felt great, I'm really focused on player of the year and this improves my chances. I feel good about my game going into Worlds."
With the victory in hand for Paige, the race became all about second place. Lisa Fajkus was able to move into the under par category after hole three and added a second throw under with a birdie on hole four as well. With the second birdie, Lisa had caught Catrina and was in a tie for second place. Catrina would then struggle through the middle of the course having enough bogeys to offset her birdies as she moved to the back nine. Catrina's struggles meant Lisa had a grip on second place by one through for seven holes until hole 13 where a two throw swing moved Catrina back into the second place position. The battle heated up as Lisa would birdie fourteen while Catrina pared, bringing it back to a tie. On fifteen Catrina would regain the lead with a birdie, and the race was on to see who could finish in second. Catrina was able to hold on to second for two holes until she had to take a bogey on 17, and Lisa was able to snag a par after being in a good position on her upshot. The bogey/par switch provided a tie ball game going into hole 18. With a nasty rollaway putt on hole 18, Lisa would end up having to settle for a bogey and ending the tournament in third place. Catrina's easy par elevated her to a second place finish.
The Toboggan course showed its teeth for many of the players this year at the Discraft Great Lakes Open; we will see how they fare on the Idlewild course July 26-28th. Make plans to tune in and watch!
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