We had an exciting day here at the 30th Annual Kansas City Wide Open, round three of the event got underway early this morning at the 6,907 foot, par 58 Rosedale Disc Golf Course. Our leader in Men’s Open, Will Schusterick, and second place Paul McBeth, were trading shots back and forth all round. On the last hole, Mcbeth tied it up to go into round three. While they were battling on the lead card, Dave Feldberg and Matt Orum made a hard charge towards the top of the leader board. Shooting 1066 rated, 46’s, they put themselves in a good position to make a run. Those were the hot rounds of the morning and would put Feldberg on the lead card for round 4 and Orum on the second.
In the Pro Women’s Division, there was a battle for the field to keep up with Valarie Jenkins. Catrina Allen, Paige Pierce, and Liz Lopez finished 2, 3, and 4 throws back of Jenkins in the morning round. The tight lines and unforgiving roughs were just enough keep them out of reach. Val added two strokes to her lead to head over to the famous and iconic Water Works Park DGC.
There, the birdies seemed to just keep out of reach for most of the round. Catrina shot a 54 and picked up a couple strokes. The rest of the card threw 56 throws under the beating sun leaving Valarie’s lead at 5 ahead of current world champion, Paige Pierce, and 9 ahead of Catrina.
Back in the Men’s division, birdies were flying everywhere. Paul Mcbeth started by nailing a huge 50’ downhill putt for birdie and hit the next few holes, too. On the lone par 4 hole 6, he took the standard over the top hyzer route, but caught the wind and sailed way down the hill and into some thick brush. After taking three throws to get out of the woods, his hot streak had come to an abrupt end. Dave Feldberg kept his momentum going from the morning round and shot a 12 under 43 to take the lead. Schusterick struggled slightly, carding a 49, and sits just two strokes back. Mcbeth is three throws behind Will and Matt Orum shot another 46 to jump to the lead card and is just one behind Paul.
Tomorrow they move over to Swope Park DGC to play an enhanced gold layout where anything can happen. This is the longest course featured here at the KCWO at 8,544 feet. It also has the most out of bounds. Long throws and small landing areas can lead to a lot of drama for the final round. This should be a great morning round as the players try to earn a spot in the Final 9. Only the top 4 men and the top 3 women will make it.