Paige Pierce’s four stroke lead was by no means a guaranteed victory going into the final day of the Idlewild Open driven by Innova and The Nati. With a course that has plenty of opportunities to give up strokes, Pierce stayed solid and rode a hot putter to shoot the best round of the tournament at 3-over par, 69 to finish at 15-over for the Idlewild victory.
Pierce’s putter allowed her to slam the door shut and not let any of the other competitors within striking distance. She putted an impressive 93% within circle one and then added four out of five putts from circle two for an unbelievable 80% clip. Paige looked in control from the start and was never truly in danger of giving up the lead. The victory gives Pierce her fourth win on the 2017 DGPT season.
Sarah Hokom finished in second place after shooting a 6-over par, 72 to finish at 24-over for the event to leap frog Lisa Fajkus. Fajkus, who shot 10-over for the round, finished two strokes behind Hokom and in third place. Jessica Weese, who lead after day one, finished fourth and local, Rebecca Cox, shot a solid 9-over, 75 to rise three spots to finish in a tie for fifth with Catrina Allen.
The victory did little to separate the top of the standings with Pierce, Hokom, and Allen still handing on to the top three spots. Sitting 42 points behind the third semi-final spot is Jessica Weese. Melody Waibel, who finished in a tie for seventh and Lisa Fajkus were able to use strong performances to jump over an idle Jennifer Allen. They currently sit in the fifth and six spots in the standings and if the Tour Championship was today, they would get a bye into the quarterfinals.
The tour now moves to the East Coast as we head to the Vibram Open in two weeks. With only two events remaining on the schedule, Vibram will be critical in deciding the final standings. Stay tuned to the Disc Golf Pro Tour as we cover all of the action for you for the rest of the season.