It seems like déjà vu, Jeremy Koling winning the Waco Annual Charity Open presented by Dynamic Discs in a playoff. Koling was able to defend his 2017 WACO title by
shooting 11-under par at Brazos East Park to finish the tournament tied with Nathan Perkins at 33-under par. Like last year, Koling was then able to win the sudden-death playoff on the first hole.
Koling’s round started off slow, with two bogies in the first four holes but despite putting struggles, Jeremy was able to pick up the pace on the back nine in his effort to defend his title. Two eagles on tournament holes nine and 12 proved to be the momentum changers Koling needed to repeat as champion. Koling’s crafty forehand and ability to carve lines through the woods left him with circle one eagle putts on the two par fives, both of which he knocked down. Following his eagle on hole 12, Koling’s putting struggles opened the door for his competitors. Missed circle one putts on tournament holes 13 and 15 allowed Nathan Perkins the opportunity he needed.
Coming into the day in a tie for second and one stroke behind Koling, Perkins played bogey-free golf in order to catch Koling. Often leaving himself with stress free putts, Perkins putted 100 percent in circle one and when Koling left the door open with his missed putts on 13 and 15, Perkins took advantage. The Texas native birdied the last five holes of the tournament in regulation to finish with an 11-under 56 on the round and to force a playoff.
Perkins was first to tee for the playoff where the action moved to Brazos East’s hole three. Nathan opted to go with the forehand over the road on the 558 par four. Perkins shot was pulled left and headed towards the gallery, hitting a spectator, and out of bounds. Koling proceeded to flirt with the OB with his forehand but ended up center cut. After a short upshot, Perkins clanked his 50 footer off the cage, ending his chances and allowing Koling to lay up and tap in as the 2018 Waco Annual Charity Open Champion.
Down the leaderboard, Paul McBeth tried to push the leaders but fell just short and finished in third place at a tournament total of 30-under par. Nathan Sexton, JohnE McCray, and Garrett Gurthie rounded out the top four finishing at 29-under par. Ricky Wysocki’s slow start to the season continued as he finished 13th.
The first two Disc Golf Pro Tour events of the season are in the books. Now the action will move to Jonesboro, Arkansas as the competitors will take on the long and challenging Disc Side of Heaven Course in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Tune in April 6th-8th for more Disc Golf Pro Tour action.
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