There were some familiar names on top of the leader board for the FPO division to start the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft. Paige Pierce continued her hot
streak, shooting 3-under par, 53, to get out to the early five stroke lead over Sarah Hokom (+2). Catrina Allen finds herself in the third spot after shooting 3-over par, 59, and Zoe Andyke and Vanessa Van Dyken rounded out the top four shooting 4-over par, 60.
Pierce continued her consistent play from the Gentleman’s Club Challenge, carding a multitude of pars and four birdies. Unlike some of her other competitors, she avoided the big numbers and her only blemish on the day came on the 294 foot hole four on which she carded a bogey four. Pierce was deadly inside the circle, putting at a 95% clip and was consistently finding herself near the basket. The 2015 Memorial champion hit 44% of fairways and when she wasn’t hitting the fairways, she managed to keep the big numbers to a minimum and scored a 90% scramble percentage. Paige will look to continue her consistent play and build on her already large lead at Fiesta Lakes Golf Course on Thursday.
2016 Disc Golf Pro Tour points champion, Sarah Hokom, finds herself in a familiar position going into Thursday, on another top card. Hokom’s day started out with a double bogey five, but the sidearm specialist used a strong mental game and carded back-to-back birdies on hole seven and eight to put herself at one-over par on the front nine. Hokom shot one-over par on the back nine as well to finish her day with two over par, 58, and in second place. Hokom was accurate off the tee, hitting 50% of the fairways. If she can improve on her 74% circle one putting percentage, she looks to challenge Pierce and the other top competitors for the rest of the event.
The 2016 DGPT Champion, Catrina Allen, got off to hot start by birding the 390 foot hole one before giving that stroke right back, carding a bogey on hole two. Allen bounced back quickly birding hole three before finishing out her front nine with five pars and a birdie on the short hole seven to put herself at two under par going into the back nine. The back nine is where Allen ran into trouble, with a double bogey five on hole 10 before true disaster struck on hole 13. Catrina carded an eight on the 295 foot par three to fall off pace. Allen recovered nicely, however, and scored two birdies to get herself back into position to challenge Hokom and Pierce on Thursday.
Allen was not the only top professional to card an eight on the day. Reigning world champion, Valarie Jenkins, took a quadruple bogey eight on hole two, going out of bounds twice. Jenkins, in her Discraft debut, settled down to recover nicely with consistent play to get herself back on the chase card for Thursday’s round, finishing in a tie for sixth place at five over par.
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