Sarah Hokom has finally done it. After chasing Paige Pierce at every Disc Golf Pro Tour event this year, Hokom finished three under par, leading Pierce by one, who finished the day at two under par. In the MPO division Peter McBride has put together an impressive round at fifteen under par, starting the day with ten birdies in a row. Winning the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova and Hyzerbomb is going to take more than a single hot round though and we have at least 36 holes left to play. Considering the leaderboard shuffles we’ve seen at previous DGPT stops, we can expect some drama this weekend.
Pierce may have been the only player in the FPO division to birdie tournament hole number one, but that was not indicative of what the rest of her front nine would look like. Nine holes in Sarah Hokom led Pierce by three strokes. Showing the experience of a three time world champ, Pierce was able to get out of trouble, throwing a clean back nine complete with six pars and three birdies. Hokom’s momentum slowed on the back but the rest of the field still had to work to keep up. Rounding out the top card will be Catrina Allen and Jennifer Allen who are tied for third at one over par.
Jennifer Allen is the only player on the FPO day two lead card tomorrow who has yet to clench a PDGA Worlds Title, her name is certainly familiar though. Not only is she currently sixth in Tour Points this year, she also set the Women’s World Distance Record with an Innova Wraith at 569 ft. Harry Myer’s Disc Golf Course certainly plays to her strengths – measuring at an intimidating 7500 plus total feet – I can’t wait to see the lines she chooses on the footage tomorrow. For now make sure to catch the rest of our FPO day one coverage here.
The FPO division set the status quo of a tightly packed lead group with an unexpected leader and the MPO has followed suit. With a blazing hot 15 under par, 49, Peter McBride is the proud and sole owner of today’s hot round. Our Staff Writer Jerry Roth was able to catch up with our leader at the end of the day. You can read up on that and more in our complete coverage of day one for the MPO division here. Chasing Peter on the MPO Lead card tomorrow will be Paul McBeth and Nate Sexton (tied for second at 13 under par), and Simon Lizotte (who is tied for fourth with Ricky Wysocki and local Texan, Emerson Keith, at 12 under par).
As you already know, Harry the Myer’s Disc Golf Course is beyond long. Players brave enough to take on the course will find an adventurous and grueling six par fours and two par fives. Most of which plenty of pros are happy to walk away from carding a par. Harry Myer’s DGC may not have been ready for the power on site for this tournament. There were ten eagles spread out across the course today, and Paul McBeth was the only player to throw more than one. It’s real risk reward out there, with many looks at eagle requiring precision and power played out over the canopy of dense trees and sneak OB lines. If you missed the live footage today, make sure to catch the replays for a sneak peak at some of the lines we might see in round two. Simon Lizotte’s drives may have spent more total air time above the canopy than they did below it.
Make sure to check back tomorrow for more articles and don’t miss our live coverage starting ~5PM tomorrow as the Nick Hyde Memorial Powered by Innova and Hyzerbomb continues on to day two, or as it is more affectionately known, Moving Day!