With two events left in the season, Sarah Hokom trailed Paige Pierce by over 40 points. At the Ledgestone, she cut the lead in half and made some of us wonder if there really was a possibility that she could catch Paige and claim her second Tour Points crown.
But to do so, Sarah would almost definitely need to win the MVP Open. That alone was a tall order. Presuming she cleared that hurdle, she would need Paige Pierce to finish second or worse at an event that she had won four times in a row.
Not only did Sarah Hokom win the MVP Open, with the exception of new phenom Paige Bjerkaas, she destroyed the field, 11 strokes ahead of Lisa Fajkus who finished third. Part one accomplished. Now her fate was in the hands of Paige Pierce. A second place finish would secure the Tour Points Championship for Paige, anything worse and Sarah would claim the crown.
In the final round, Paige was unable to recover any of the strokes she gave to her competition in round two and she ended up finishing in sixth place at the MVP Open and second in Tour Points. After the most dominant start to the season that anyone could imagine (winning the first three Pro Tour events AND the first three National Tour events), Paige would cool off in the second half of the season, and Sarah Hokom took advantage.
Her convincing win in San Francisco got it all started. From that event on, she would card three victories and two second place finishes at her final five Pro Tour events. In the long arc of a season, it was one of the amazing comebacks ever witnessed in sports. Congratulations to Sarah Hokom on her second Tour Points Championship.
Sarah played in 8 of the Pro Tour events and averaged 85.5 points at those eight events. Pro Tour points only count the top 7 events for each player, so she was able to drop her 6th place finish at the Memorial.
Paige played in 7 of the Pro Tour events and averaged 86.2 points. Because she missed two events, she did not have any remaining drops to apply to her worst finish (6th at the MVP Open). We have no way of knowing how history would have played out had she competed at Utah or DGLO, but it is definitely fun to ponder and debate.
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