The Disc Golf Pro Tour season continues in Rockwall, TX at the Harry Myers Disc Golf Course designed by John Houck in just a few days at the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova & Hyzerbomb. Although only in its third year, this event has already started to draw many of the best pros in the game and all of the previous champs are registered to play. At the inaugural tournament in 2015 bragging rights went Paul McBeth & Paige Pierce. In 2016, Pierce defended her title, winning by five strokes. In the 2016 MPO, McBeth and Nate Sexton lost in a three-way playoff to Simon Lizotte. And that is the history of the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova & Hyzerbomb – so let’s take a look at present day.
The Disc Golf Pro Tour will have ten total stops including the championships at the end. So two events in and we are already one fifth of the way through our points season, and in the DGPT, tour points matter. Depending on how a player places in tour points they can earn themselves a bye into the quarter finals, or if they play well enough, the semifinals. Let’s take a look at how our MPO Tour Points Rankings and player stats are shaping up.
Here’s what you need to know, the top eight at the end of the season get a bye into the semifinals, keeping their arms fresh for those final rounds. You also don’t need to win a tour stop to be winning the tour points season – a truth that Simon Lizotte is showing us with his top ranking. One important note is that not all of these players have played both stops. In particular, Paul McBeth is in sixth place for now, after his absence from WACO presented by Dynamic Discs and his win at the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. If you look closely, you’ll see that both of these players, Lizotte and McBeth, are statistically well matched. The two are practically tied for birdie percentage at 63%. Given that they faced off on an extra hole last year, Simon obviously being back at the top of his game after injury, and McBeth’s ferocious desire to win I expect we will see a close finish with both of them in the mix for the win. Read more about our other top MPO players chances at the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova & Hyzerbomb here.
Few surprises here. Pierce is leading and she is followed by none other than Sarah Hokom and Catrina Allen. In the smaller FPO division there are fewer byes into the latter rounds of the Tour Championship available so it will only be the top three spots that get to start the championships at the semifinals. I’ve included the top eight because the next five are battling over the three spots that will earn a bye to the quarter finals. Lisa Fajkus, Madison Walker, and Jennifer Allen (4th through 6th place currently) are all within only a handful of points of each other right now. Fajkus in particular is in a good position to separate from this pack and join the top three as she was the only player in the division within ten strokes of Pierce at the Nick Hyde Memorial in 2016. Even a second place finish would likely move Fajkus into the top three. I won’t be surprised to watch Pierce pick up another DGPT victory but I would love to see Fajkus apply the pressure in another showdown between the Texas Natives. Read more about the FPO division for the tournament here.
That’s the short and sweet of it. Expect our usual coverage of live MPO lead card footage and FPO recaps, and daily articles covering the ebb and flow of the best rounds played at the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova & Hyzerbomb starting this Friday.