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Idlewild Open FPO Round One Recap – Idlewild shows its teeth on day one

By Baker Helton
​Round One of the Idlewild Open driven by Innova and The Nati Disc Golf is in the books for the FPO division. With a challenging track like Idlewild, many players in the field had the goal of avoiding big numbers. With the worst scores being quadruple-bogey eights for many players most of the field were able to keep the larger digits in check.

The feature card only had one player, Sarah Hokom, looking at the lead card tomorrow. This left the rest of the rounds worthy of tomorrow’s lead card to come from players who finished earlier in the morning. Those scores came from Catrina Allen, Holly Finley, and Elaine King.

The past two years at this event, Catrina Allen finished in 8th place. Catrina started the day with seven pars before landing her first bogey. She was able to get back to even two holes later when she carded a birdie two on the short hole eleven. She would go bogey birdie again on holes twelve and fourteen before finishing the last four holes with three bogeys. With a four-over performance on day one, Catrina was able to complete the day with the lead.

Elaine King is playing her second Disc Golf Pro Tour stop of the season. She started the day with some stellar play to make her way onto the lead card tomorrow. Elaine began her round with three bogeys through her first seven holes before taking advantage of the birdie opportunities on eight, nine, and eleven. She had an eagle look on 16 which could have moved her into solo first place. After missing a long putt from C2 and then two-putting inside the circle, she would settle for a bogey. Elaine would bogey out from there and finish +5 for the day in a tie for second place.

Also tied with Elaine is Holly Finley. Holly had her share of the lead at one point early in today’s round, but a rough final four holes left her status on tomorrow’s lead card in question until the feature card was complete. Holly did not drop off her prospects of the lead card until hole fifteen. It was hole sixteen which really put things in limbo when she threw three OB throws ultimately taking an eight on the hole. Holly would finish her round five over par which would be enough to put her into a tie for second after the rest of the cards had made it through the treacherous hole sixteen.

Rounding out tomorrow’s lead card will be Sarah Hokom. Sarah has taken second the past two years at Idlewild, and she fought through the course to stay on the lead card for day two of this year’s event. Sarah’s only birdie of the day came on the short hole eleven. The key to her success was to avoid taking double bogeys while saving par and bogey out on the challenging Idlewild course.

Someone who was not able to keep the larger digits in check was last year’s winner Paige Pierce. Paige set the pace early in the round but had two holes which ultimately dropped her into a tie for 7th at plus seven. On hole seven Paige landed a triple bogey and was able to fight her way back up into the lead until hole 16 where she carded the largest number of the field – a nine after taking four OB throws. Watch for Paige to overcome those two hiccup holes tomorrow and make a push to be back on the lead card for the final round.

Tomorrow’s live coverage kicks off at 9 AM ET with Catrina Allen, Elaine King, Holly Finley, and Sarah Hokom. Tell your friends and tune in to watch.