On any given tournament day I’d encourage you to read on and watch the post round production videos tomorrow. Today’s play was simply too amazing to miss. If you weren’t watching live then I recommend you head on over to youtube, pull up the round three live coverage and drag the slider back to the start, you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t have time, make it, and if you really can’t, I’ll give you the quick rundown here.
In the FPO division of the 2017 Utah Open Presented by Latitude 64 there was a battle raging between Jessica Weese and Catrina Allen in all three rounds. The two finished day one and day two tied, and in fine fashion, gave the fans a playoff, tying again in round three. Round three held plenty of drama, both Weese and Allen held the lead at different moments and each faced their fair share of trouble. Allen had trouble putting yesterday, after a three-putt on hole eight for a triple bogey. Today was Weese’s turn, only a hole later on nine. After playing well up to the green, Weese missed the basket completely on her 20 foot par putt. That was the beginning of a four putt saga, including another complete miss and a bounce off the cage, to card the triple bogey 7. Weese was undeterred, rebounding with three birdies in the next four holes to clean up her mess from hole nine. After catching Allen on hole 14, the two stay tied through the end of the round. It was on the third hole of the playoff that Weese sealed the deal, carding a par while Allen left her drive out wide falling into one of the countless bunkers on Mulligan’s Creekside Disc Golf Course. Read the rest of our coverage of Weese’s first DGPT win of the year here.
There are more ways to keep a tournament dramatic than a playoff and today Ricky Wysocki delivered the show. The sole leader by two strokes headed into hole 18, all Wysocki needed was to land his drive in bounds. I guess Ricky was tired of putting so he opted to wrap up the tournament that much quicker, throwing a perfect forehand straight into the left side chains for the tournament winning 207 foot ace. Chances are Rick never felt comfortable with his lead until that shot settled in the basket as he was not only fighting to maintain his lead over his card mates but also over two fantastic rounds that unfolded on the Chase Card. Dana Vicich, from Minooka, IL, set a new course record at a stunning 12 under par, free of bogies and with a single OB penalty stroke. That round catapulted him over three of four lead card players to finish in sole possession of third. Anthony Barela, from Mesa, AZ, and Austin Turner, out of Mint Hill, NC weren’t content with chase card finishes either. Barela jumped two places with an eight under par and Turner hop, skipped, and leapt a whopping five places with a ten under par round for the two to finish the tournament tied for fourth with last year’s Champion Jeremy Koling. As if that all wasn’t enough, Josh Anthon kept the pressure on Wysocki right up until hole 15 where Wysocki started his slow pull away from the pack. Both Wysocki and Anthon threw incredible rounds at 11 under par. Read our full coverage of all the drama in the MPO division Final Round here.
That closes out our post round coverage of the 2017 Utah Open Presented by Latitude 64. A huge congratulations to both Jessica Weese and Ricky Wysocki for their wins. After 53 holes there had yet to be a single player who played any hole better than a birdie. Thanks to Big Jerm’s presence, Wysocki was gifted the only Ace of the tournament on the 54th hole. Hope there was a healthy ace pot for Ricky to add to his $2,500 winner’s purse. It’ll be a few more weeks before the DGPT returns but make sure to keep checking our news feed as we will be keeping it fresh with stats analysis and more great articles about our favorite past time, hucking flying discs into ringing steel chains.