It took 57 holes, but Jessica Weese picked up the first Disc Golf Pro Tour victory of her career and a signature win on her 2017 campaign. Weese and Catrina Allen were inseparable throughout the event, tied at the conclusion of rounds one, two and three. Finally, on the third playoff hole, Weese broke the tie, taking a par on the 405 foot par 3, to best Allen’s double-bogey. The victory is an exclamation point to Weese’s comeback from her injury that kept her out of the latter part of the 2016 season.
Weese showed a tremendous amount of resilience to secure the win. On hole nine, Jessica took a triple-bogey seven with a four-putt, severely hurting her chances of beating Allen. Down three strokes, Weese birdied holes 11, 12, and 14 to pull herself even with Allen. With the two deadlocked, the pair took pars on holes 15, 16. With two holes remaining, Weese put her drive at circle 1’s edge to put the pressure on Catrina. Allen hit the first tree off the box and needed an incredible shot to scramble for par. She put a hyzer within 25 feet to have a look at the par save. After a Weese birdie miss, Allen converted sending us to hole 18 still knotted up. On the final hole of the scheduled three rounds, with the score still tied, both Allen and Weese drove out-of-bounds and took a bogey to end their round at 2-over and the event at 10-over, time for a playoff.
After the pair both pared hole one of the playoff, Catrina Allen had a chance to capitalize and end the playoff with a birdie putt on hole two. After missing the putt, the action went to the third playoff hole with Allen still on the box. On the third playoff hole, Allen put her drive in the bunker opening the door for a Weese victory. Jessica put her drive in bounds, excuted a perfect layup and hit the putt to bring home the victory.
Amy Bilodeau came in third place, shooting a 7-over par for the round to finish 25-over par for the event. Madison Walker placed fourth at 9-over for the round and 28-over for the event.
FPO Tour Points Standings
The victory puts Weese into fifth place in the tour standings, while the runner-up finish keeps Allen in third place. Sarah Hokom, who did not participate in Utah, is still in second, while Paige Pierce, who was forced to withdraw from the Utah Open with a family emergency, still holds down the top spot. The tour now moves to Peoria, Illinois, August 3rd-6th with the Ledgestone Open presented by Discraft.