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SFO Round 1 Event Recap: Hokom and Lizotte Hold Tenuous Top Spots

Gleneagles DGC has done its work on the field today for the first round of the San Francisco Open Presented by Innova Champion Discs. Sarah Hokom leads the FPO division at
three under par and Simon Lizotte leads the MPO division at eight under par. Neither of these players is blessed with comfy leads as there are ties jammed up right behind both of them. Let’s take a quick look at the top rounds, but as always, make sure to follow the links for our complete coverage of both divisions.
On the FPO side, the top of the leaderboard is absolutely packed! Sarah Hokom leads the field at three under. Not only did she finish the day ranked 1 st in Parked drives and 1 st in drives making Circle 1 In Regulation, but she followed through with her great drives by making 90% of her Circle 1 Putts. When her drives weren’t in putting range, Hokom found trouble Scrambling for par or better, saving only 50% of her errant drives and approaches. Chasing Hokom is a hungry group with six players within three throws of our leader. In second, at two under par, Val Jenkins is the Scramble Master, saving 71%. A 38 ft putt for birdie from Circle 2 on hole 15 certainly helped her start to close out her round nicely. Catrina Allen is currently in sole possession of third place at one under par. And then there’s the logjam three-way tie for fourth place between Paige Pierce, Jessica Weese, and Madison Walker. Paige Pierce has the honors of rounding out tomorrow’s lead card with Catrina Allen, Val Jenkins, and of course the current leader, Sarah Hokom. You can find our full coverage of the FPO division here.
The MPO division didn’t play out much differently than the FPO, it’s a logjam on top of a log jam with the very best players in the game stacked right at the top. Simon Lizotte’s well round game, replete with power and accuracy earned him top honors at a smoking hot eight under par. Paul McBeth is right behind him at seven under par putting lights out inside the circle at 100%. Tied with Paul is fellow Mc, Eagle McMahon who struggled on the putting green but made up for it by landing Circle 1 In Regulation better than any of player in the division. Behind McBeth and Eagle is a tight logjam of four players tied for fourth at six under par and another five players tied for eighth at five under par. Tied for fourth is Nate Doss, James Conrad, Nate Sexton, and Colten Montgomery. Nate Doss holds the lowest PDGA number and will take the honors of joining the lead card. Catch our full coverage of the round here.
At the beginning of today, we really had no idea what to expect. The San Francisco Open is an entirely new event on a course that hasn’t been open to the public for over a year on a layout custom designed for the Disc Golf Pro Tour. The players are loving the course, the live coverage is seamless, and the OB dramatic. There isn’t much more we could ask for from a golf course style tournament. Make sure to catch our Live Coverage all weekend starting at 4 PM EST with FPO live commentary recaps and at 5 PM EST for live coverage and commentary of the MPO division. This is not a tournament you want to miss a single throw of!