The brackets are being filled out and the office pools are being collected. It can only mean one thing, March Madness. As the country’s eyes are glued to the hardwood, we will look at who are the top seeds, the bracket busters and the Cinderellas at the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s March stop, the Waco Charity Open presented by Dynamic Discs.
These are the perennial powerhouses, the number one seeds, the favorites going into the event.
Ricky had a rough go of things at the Memorial. Wysocki saw two scorecard errors cost him several strokes and the reigning world champion had a hard time recovering. He finished in a tie for third, to find himself off the podium for the first time in the young 2017 season. Wysocki will look to use his excellent course management skills to maneuver the challenging and technical Brazos East, aka BEast, course to bounce back from a disappointing finish at the Memorial.
Lizotte surprised everyone, including himself, with his solid and consistent play at the Memorial so soon after last year’s knee injury. Simon found himself competing for the title down the stretch and finished second in the first Disc Golf Pro Tour event of the season. He will look to continue this momentum into WACO.
Pierce looks like the UConn Huskies Women’s Basketball team right now, unstoppable. Paige dominated the competition and won by an incredible 13 strokes at the Memorial. According to her, the only thing that can stop her right now is herself. Look for Pierce to carve up another course in her home state of Texas.
These are the seven seeds, the players that are solid in their own right but might just over-perform, find themselves competing with the top seeds for the title, and have you losing your office pool.
Eagle is one of the few players with recent tournament experience at the BEast. McMahon finished second in last year’s Texas States held at the same course. McMahon will use his course knowledge to try and improve on a seventh place finish at the Memorial.
Feldberg started off his season by taking home a Master’s title at the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge in Vegas. Do not let the new division fool you, Feldberg still has what it takes to compete with the young guns. He placed in an impressive third place in the Memorial and just recovered from an injury that kept him out of the latter part of the 2016 season. As Feldberg continues to find his stride in 2017, look for him to make some noise at WACO.
If anyone has the ability to upset Pierce in WACO, it’s Hokom. Hokom hung with Pierce for the majority of the Memorial and finished in a solid second place. Where things get interesting is looking at the results from last year’s Texas States that was also hosted in Waco. Sarah beat Pierce by an incredible fourteen strokes to win the title. Hokom should go into the second stop of the tour with an incredible amount of confidence knowing that she dismantled the competition at this course less than a year ago.
This is what makes March Madness so interesting. Who’s going to be the Cinderella this year and make you want to tear your bracket in two?
Does the name ring a bell? Perkins has played the role of Cinderella before when the Austin, Texas made a splash on last year’s DGPT. Perkins jumped out to the early lead at the 2016 Silver Cup to find himself gaining some recognition. He has shown consistent improvement since his PDGA debut in 2014 and is now rated at 993. Perkins who placed 48th in the Memorial, also played this course in the 2016 Texas States, finishing sixth. If the young Texan can get hot, he would be a great Cinderella to see out on the dance floor.
Fajkus, from Round Rock, TX, may not be the most recognizable name nationally but she is sure well known in the state of Texas. Lisa has compiled an impressive 44 career wins and finished fifth in last year’s World Championship. Fajkus already has one win under her belt for 2017. Lisa finished in first in the Straddle the Brazos tournament, a Waco Charity Open Fundraiser, at you guessed it, the Brazos East course. Fajkus is an underdog to root for at WACO next weekend.