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Directors Poll: Week 4


It's all smiles for the big names in this week's Directors Poll. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Do you believe in Garrett Gurthie? Because our directors and state coordinators do.

The Florida pro returned to the road in a big way this season -- he's making our Eight to Watch in '18 list look pretty solid -- with an early fourth place finish at the Waco Annual Charity Open, but he didn't crack the top 20 in the Directors Poll. So, he went and improved on that showing at the Jonesboro Open, taking second place in large part due to his crushing distance putting him inside the circle in regulation at a better rate than the rest. Now, he's been rewarded for his efforts.

Gurthie enters this week's poll at in the 10th slot, the highest debut for a player this season. And with the long, open fairways of the Emporia Country Club in his crosshairs next week at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open, we can't help but think he's going to climb higher. Other observations from this week's poll:

  • Win and you're in: Ricky Wysocki jumps back to the top of the list after his Jonesboro triumph, once again assuming the top slot he earned in the preseason rankings.
  • Chris Dickerson slumped a bit in the final round of the Jonesboro Open, but his strong play the rest of the tournament was rewarded. Get on a high profile stage, get rewarded.
  • It's Paige Pierce's world, and everyone else is just living in it.
  • There were no changes to the top of the women's field, but the middle continues to get mixed up. Jennifer Allen and Madison Walker tied for second in Jonesboro, and they both earned a two-slot jump on the list. Seems fair.

This week's rankings were slightly delayed to yield the spotlight to players at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. As such, the poll didn't take into account any tournaments from the weekend of April 13-15. We'll be back after the GBO with another round. Stay tuned!

Open

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Ricky Wysocki 38008 3 ↑ 2
2 Paul McBeth 27523 1 ↓ 1
3 Eagle McMahon 37817 5 ↑ 2
4 Simon Lizotte 8332 2 ↓ 2
5 Nate Sexton 18824 4 ↓ 1
6 James Conrad 17295 7 ↑ 1
7 Jeremy Koling 33705 6 ↓ 1
8 Chris Dickerson 62467 11 ↑ 3
9 Nikko Locastro 11534 8 ↓ 1
10 Garrett Gurthie 13864 New --
11 Drew Gibson 48346 9 ↓ 2
12 Seppo Paju 36744 14 ↑ 2
13 Philo Brathwaite 26416 10 ↓ 3
14 Nate Doss 11794 12 ↓ 2
15 Cale Leiviska 24341 13 ↓ 2
16 Paul Ulibarri 27171 16 --
17 JohnE McCray 9852 20 ↑ 3
18 Dave Feldberg 12626 New --
19 Nate Perkins 65737 15 ↓ 4
20 Josh Anthon 17946 17 ↓ 3

Open Women

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Jennifer Allen was making moves in Jonesboro. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

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

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