Day two has come to a close and although our leader hasn’t changed, the top pack has certainly spread out. After the final card was turned in, Ricky Wysocki held his position throwing 12 under par, only a stroke worse than yesterday’s round. The honors of the hot round of the day goes to none other than Simon Lizotte, who tied Wysocki’s first round at 13 under par. Ricky is a total of 25 under par for the weekend and Simon is 23 under. We are clearly off to a hot start at the Spartan Mowers / R&R Farm Equipment Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus with our leaders in the MPO division two strokes apart with two rounds left to play at the beautiful Disc Side of Heaven course. Not to be forgotten, Jeremy Koling trails Lizotte at a total 20 under par, and JohnE McRay only a few further back at 17 under par for the tournament. Lets get into to how we got here.
Simon Lizotte Event Stats
Let’s start with Simon’s hot round. From his sneak route on hole 11 for a drop in birdie, to his repeat eagle on hole 16, to his 100% putting rate inside Circle 1, Lizotte is not going to let Wysocki out of his sights. Only a double bogey on hole 5 in round one is holding Simon back from a tie for first with Ricky. Simon bounced back in round two, carding an entirely clean round of only pars, birdies, and an eagle. An errant drive on hole 14 by Wysocki let Lizotte close the gap to two.
Ricky Wysocki Event Stats
Playing off his momentum, Wysocki has not slowed down. As I mentioned above, it was a lone bogey on hole 14 that kept Wysocki from matching the hot round of the week of 13 under par. There is some simple math at play here. Wysocki leads the division for drives within Circle 1 in regulation and has made 100% of the putts he took inside the circle. Unless something has gone horribly wrong else where, that’s what it looks like to play top level disc golf. Uncharacteristically for Ricky, he has yet to drain a single putt from Circle 2 this week. As one of the best putters at any distance, that is four misses well within what should simply be called “Ricky Range.” Always keeping it exciting, Ricky even hit the basket from well over one hundred feet on a blind shot through some early tree limbs and over a hill on hole 9, inches from a throw-in eagle.
Our lead card won’t be changing for tomorrow as McCray and Koling held it together just enough to retain their spots. Koling will need to improve his scrambling for the weekend if he wants to catch the leaders, he’s currently 35th in that category at 63%. Thankfully, Big Jerm knows how to get it to the pin when things don’t go awry, holding second place for Circle 1 in regulation. McCray might not be leading any categories, but he’s playing a well-rounded great game. He’ll need to tighten up the edges, making just one or two more long putts, and up the precision on his drives if he wants to close the eight strokes between him and Wysocki.
Looking at the stats for each hole is telling at Disc Side of Heaven. Especially so if you’re looking for eagles or better. In the MPO division this week, there has been a total 20 eagles already – all on the 855 ft par 5 hole 16. No other hole has yet to be eagled by a single player. Our only option is to wait and see if there are any wild eagles, or perhaps an ace, on this course as play continues at the Spartan Mowers / R&R Farm Equipment Jonesboro Open Presented by Prodsicus. I even heard James Conrad hit the pin with his drive on hole 14, a 520 ft monster of a downhill shot. Stay with us as play continues tomorrow at 4:00PM EST.