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Masters Worlds Showdowns - Semifinals and Finals Preview


Terry Calhoun celebrating his Legends World Champion title after their final round at Riverside on Friday afternoon. Left-to-right: TD John Norkowski, PDGA Executive Director Joe Chargualaf, Terry Calhoun, and Carlos Rigby.

After four days of intense competition, the field of nearly 200 has been cut down to 71 as we prepare for semifinals and finals today at the 2017 Pro Masters Disc Golf World Championships presented by Innova. The fortunate few that made the cut in the Masters, Grandmasters, and Senior Grandmasters divisions will face one last 18-hole round for their semifinals this morning while Masters Women, Grandmasters Women, and Senior Legends prepare for their Final 9 rounds at Riverside Park.

The battles this morning are more about who will secure the 4th place spots than who will finish at the top of the leaderboards, as only the top four from each of the semis will earn a chance to play in the Final 9 showdown. The Masters and Senior Grandmasters will be taking on the long tees layout at Fallasburg Park while the Grandmasters get their round in at Brewer Park.

Robert Bainbridge continues to hold on to the lead in Masters heading into the semis, one ahead of Barry Schultz. Ron Convers is just one ahead of Eric Rainey in Grandmasters and the trend of tight races continues in Senior Grandmasters, where Kenny Lee has pulled back into the lead, one ahead of David Greenwell. 

All three divisions have players on the chase card and beyond that could easily make a move and get into the finals. It’s only fair to assume that, with the scores being so close, that making the Final 9 means a chance at becoming the World Champion.

Semifinals Hole-By-Hole Scoring

As the semifinals are finishing up, the morning round of Final 9s will be underway at Riverside Park. The Senior Legends will be first to make the 9-hole loop, with Pete May competing against Donald Stephens at 10:00am. As they make their way around the course, Susan Stephens and Pam Reineke will be preparing for their 10:30am tee time.

The last of the morning Final 9 battles will showcase the Masters Women, where Elaine King has emerged as the leader after an up-and-down Round 6 yesterday at Blue Gill. Elaine’s 8-stroke lead at Blue Gill was quickly diminished after a series of unfortunate breaks towards the beginning of the round, handing the lead over to Lesli Todd. However, Elaine pushed on and regained the lead before the round ended to tee off as the leader for the Final 9, two ahead of Lesli Todd, six ahead of Courtney McCoy, and eight ahead of Des Reading.

Finals Hole-By-Hole Scoring

The Final 9s for the divisions coming from semifinals are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Senior Grandmasters – 2:00pm EDT
  • Grandmasters – 2:30pm EDT
  • Masters – 3:00pm EDT

Riverside Park is the perfect venue for finals, as the course as gallery-friendly as it is difficult. Weather conditions look to be perfect so it should a beautiful and exciting day of finals here at the 2017 PDGA Professional Masters Disc Golf World Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Event Info: pdga.com/2017mastersworlds
Tee Times/Results: pdga.com/2017mw
Hole-By-Hole Scores: pdgalive.com

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