After a fantastic day of disc golf at the the Brazos Park East Course, or “the Beast”, Paige Pierce and Jeremy Koling are the current leaders at the Waco Annual Charity Open presented by Dynamic Discs (WACO). Pierce, true to form has a comfortable five stroke lead, Koling on the other hand is only a stroke ahead of a tight top group.
The top players in the FPO division spent the first nine holes jostling for position. At the turn our current DGPT Points leader, Paige Pierce, made a statement, carding a birdie on six of the last nine holes of the day. Pierce finished the round at an impressive seven under par, 60. Her closest competitor, the familiar Sarah Hokom, who finished two under par at 65, five strokes off the lead. This isn’t the first time these two have faced off at “the Beast”. Last year, at the Texas State Championships, Pierce led Hokom by what seemed an insurmountable seven strokes after day one. Pierce had started hot but couldn’t maintain, an opportunity Hokom was ready to seize. After it was all said and done, Hokom claimed the title of Texas State FPO Champion by a margin of fourteen strokes. Hokom caught Pierce last year, but the way Paige is playing so far in 2017 it seems hard to believe that anyone can catch her now. Read our full coverage of the FPO division here.
As was the case at the Memorial, our MPO leader, and 2016 USDGC Champion, Jeremy Koling can’t rest yet. Koling carded twelve birdies, one eagle, four pars, and one bogey to finish at 54, thirteen under par. The PDGA has tentatively rated the round at 1058. Way to play above your rating Jerm. Predictably, only one stroke behind Koling, at twelve under par, is Ricky Wysocki. Rounding out the top card tomorrow will be James Conrad from Blacksburg, VA at eleven under par and Dave Feldberg who is in a five-way tie for fourth with Gregg Barsby, Eagle McMahon, Mike Conlee, and Landon Knight at ten under par. As with any good tournament, this is no where close to over. We can expect to see some fantastic disc golf and dramatic swings over the next few days. You can read our full coverage of the MPO division here.
Before I close this out, a quick shout out to Nikko Locastro. If you just looked at the scores you might be surprised to see that Nikko is tied for 73rd at eight over par. On his way to the tournament today, the car Nikko was in was hit. He’s posted on social media that everyone is fortunately okay. He missed the first four holes, which is why they are carded as quadruple bogeys. Nikko wouldn’t let even that get him down though. He threw six birdies and an eagle and kept the rest of his fourteen hole round clear of any more bogeys. Nikko may not be able to make it back to the top of the pack but we’re all glad he’s okay. Hope you’re getting some good rest and feeling healthy Nikko, stay safe.
Check back tomorrow for more action from the Waco Annual Charity Open Presented by Dyanmic Discs.