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WACO Recap Round 2: Defender’s Day

It was down to the very last hole of the day, but again, Paige Pierce is leading the FPO division. In the MPO division, Jeremy Koling managed to maintain his one stroke lead, but not without a fight. The Waco Annual Charity Open Presented by Dynamic Discs is giving the fans exactly what they came for, dramatic battles and low scoring rounds.

When the FPO lead card arrived at the tee box of the 17th hole of the day (technically hole 5) Pierce had a two stroke lead over Hokom. When they finished the 610 ft par four they were tied with one hole left to play. Hokom, having thrown the only par on hole five, threw before Pierce who had carded a double-bogey six. Right off the tee pad of hole six, Hokom found trouble, driving out of bounds. Pierce saw the window and capitalized, finishing the day on a birdie. Hokom, carding a double-bogey six, let Paige secure a three stroke lead with 18 holes left to play. Let’s take a quick look at these final dramatic holes and how the FPO is handling them today.

Hole 5

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As you can see, hole five was the most difficult hole on the course for the FPO division during round two. Looking at the stats for day one, you’ll see the same thing. Today, more players have carded triple-bogeys or worse than any other score. Only Catrina Allen, Madison Walker, and Sarah Hokom were able to pick up pars here.

Hole 6

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By the numbers, hole six was not quite as difficult as five during round two, but obviously, it is by no means easy. In fact, in the first round, hole six did rank as the second most difficult hole for the FPO division. Between rounds one and two, only Paige Pierce and Lisa Fajkus have been able to card birdies. Pierce did so in both rounds. Holes five and six make for the most dramatic and beautiful finish possible on this course and today’s FPO lead card gave us the show we were looking for. Read the rest of our FPO Round two coverage here.

Which brings us to our MPO division round two recap. You read it above and you’ve probably looked at the scores, Jeremy “Big Jerm” Koling is still your WACO leader. Ricky Wysocki, currently still in second, was able to keep up with Koling as they both scored rounds at 58, nine under par. Despite their positions not changing at the end of the day, they made quite the story battling it out on the MPO lead card. The two traded the top spot back and forth a number of times, spending much of the round tied, but never more than two strokes away from one another. While these two were battling it out for the top spot plenty of other pros were fighting over the remaining two slots on the lead card. Both James Conrad (eight under on the day) and Dave Feldberg (four under on the day) were not able to maintain their positions and will be replaced by Gregg Barsby (nine under on the day) and Simon Lizotte who tied for the hot round of the day at twelve under par.

Lizotte’s hot round was tied by two other players, Mike Laitala out of Austin, TX and the one and only Nikko Locastro from Grass Valley, CA. Huge shout out to Laitala who threw alomst 60 points over his 994 rating at an initially estimated rating of 1051. When your longest birdie streak is equal to your total number of pars, you’re doing something right. And Nikko, oh Nikko, you were so close to pure glory, to holding the hot round to yourself. Locastro’s round total at 12 under is impressive, but it’s a whole different sort of impressive when you notice that he carded a triple bogey on the penultimate hole of the day. Nikko not only picked up 11 birdies, he also carded two eagles – on holes one and five. Both of those are over 550 feet long. Clearly his ability to throw a country mile came in to play today, but he also canned four putts from circle 2, two of which were 60 ft from the chains. Read our full coverage of the WACO MPO round 2 here.

There you have it, we are 36 holes in and there are only 18 that remain. Both divisions are promising some fierce competition tomorrow so make sure you stay informed. You can follow the scores on UDisc Live and watch the MPO lead card live at 3:30EST on youtube. You wanted it and the pros have delivered, the final round of the second stop of the Disc Golf Pro Tour at the Waco Annual Charity Open Presented by Dynamic Discs will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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