The weather held off and did not come into play; however, the rest of the players on the lead card were unable to capitalize on a few miscues by McBeth early. Both Ricky Wysocki and Kevin Jones put forth an effort to overtake Paul, however, when the time came to push neither were able to convert on critical putts. Kevin’s chance came on hole five where he had a birdie putt from circle two while both Ricky and Paul were recovering from going OB on their drives. He had already caught up to Ricky at that point after carding birdies on the first three holes. Ricky dug himself into a hole early taking a bogey five on hole two but began to work his way out of the hole with a birdie on hole seven, sticking his drive inside the circle. But one birdie and a par save would not be enough for Ricky and Kevin to start to pace Paul. On hole nine Paul turned it into overdrive, starting a birdie streak that would not end until the round ended. When asked after the round how it felt he said, “it feels great, this is a great warm-up for Worlds.” With another Ledgestone win under his belt, McBeth is now looking to upcoming events but his focus is ultimately on being back here in six weeks, “It’s a busy six weeks until Worlds, a few tournaments, a trip to Europe and Am Worlds, but I’ll be ready for Worlds for sure.” 2015 was the last time McBeth won a World Champ and he will look to build on his success when he returns to Peoria in six weeks for Worlds.
Elsewhere on the course, we saw several players take advantage of a lack of wind and right scoring conditions to move up the cash line. The story of the day in this category was Paul Oman. Paul came into the clubhouse with the hot round of -10 only to be bested by another Paul, but that doesn’t sour the success that Paul Oman had today. He moved up sixty-four spots to a tie for 43rd place and into the cash. Throwing -8 on the day was Anthony Barela. He moved up fifty-two spots into a tie for 39th place.
That’s all for Discraft’s Ledgestone Insurance Open. The next stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour will be Discraft’s Great Lakes Open July 6-8th on the storied Toboggan course. Tune in to see if Paul McBeth can repeat (and throw another -18).