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Directors Poll: Week 3


Another week, another new face at the top of the Directors Poll. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Three weeks, three different winners.

Three weeks, the same winner.

The state of the Open and Open Women’s divisions could not be more opposed through the start of the season, and it’s been reflected in how our Directors Poll continues to shake out. For the third week in a row the Open division has a new leader, with Paul McBeth parlaying a top 5 showing at the Waco Annual Charity Open into the top slot. McBeth took 60 percent of the available first-place votes to snag the lead from Simon Lizotte, who didn’t receive the benefit of the doubt after he had to withdraw from the event.

Paige Pierce, meanwhile, is undefeated for 2018 and unseated at the top of the Open Women’s division, again making a clean sweep of the voting. Additional observations from this week’s poll:

  • Ricky Wysocki has struggled a bit on the green this season, and 27 percent of the directors polled dropped him all the way to fifth place.
  • Drew Gibson’s slow and steady climb continues. Fun fact: He wasn’t even in the top 20 during our preseason poll.
  • Devan Owens held steady, much as he did in Waco. The lefty only carded one bogey for the entire tournament.
  • Lisa Fajkus and Jessica Weese continued the game of cat and mouse they’ve been playing all season, with Fajkus’s third-place Waco finish giving her the nod this week.
  • Madison Walker may not have been in Texas, but she did clean up with consecutive victories in Alabama and Virginia.

The next poll, which comes after the Jonesboro Open, might be the trickiest yet: Players are spread out across the country until then, meaning the directors will have their work cut out for them. 

Open

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Paul McBeth took the top spot in the poll for the first time in 2018. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Paul McBeth 27523 3 ↑ 2
2 Simon Lizotte 8332 1 ↓ 1
3 Ricky Wysocki 38008 2 ↓ 1
4 Nate Sexton 18824 5 ↑ 1
5 Eagle McMahon 37817 4 ↓ 1
6 Jeremy Koling 33705 8 ↑ 2
7 James Conrad 17295 6 ↓ 1
8 Nikko Locastro 11534 7 ↓ 1
9 Drew Gibson 48346 12 ↑ 3
10 Philo Brathwaite 26416 9 ↓ 1
11 Chris Dickerson 62467 14 ↑ 3
12 Nate Doss 11794 10 ↓ 2
13 Cale Leiviska 24341 13 -
14 Seppo Paju 36744 16 ↑ 2
15 Nate Perkins 65737 New -
16 Paul Ulibarri 27171 11 ↓ 5
17 Josh Anthon 17946 15 ↓ 2
18 Gregg Barsby 15857 17 ↓ 1
19 Devan Owens 25168 19 -
20 JohnE McCray 9852 New -

Open Women

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Rebecca Cox cracked the top 10 after rallying to a fourth-place tie in Texas. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Paige Pierce 29190 1 -
2 Sarah Hokom 34563 3 ↑ 1
3 Catrina Allen 44184 2 ↓ 1
4 Lisa Fajkus 32654 5 ↑ 1
5 Jessica Weese 50656 4 ↓ 1
6 Jennifer Allen 15354 6 -
7 Valarie Jenkins 17495 7 -
8 Madison Walker 59431 8 -
9 Rebecca Cox 32917 New -
10 Kona Panis 27832 9 ↓ 1

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