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Allen, Wysocki Build Commanding Leads Through Three


Ricky Wysocki carried his momentum from Northwood to Lake Eureka on Saturday. Photo: DGPT

There was plenty of movement as weekend golf arrived on Saturday in Peoria, Illinois.

But not at the top of the leaderboard.

Catrina Allen matched her stellar round on Friday with another 9-under, 1000-plus rated showing and Ricky Wysocki’s arrival at Lake Eureka was accompanied by some big momentum.

Both leaders of the 2020 Ledgestone Insurance Open find themselves with a solid and sizeable lead heading into Sunday’s finale.

Allen spread out the birdies on Saturday and continued her dominance off the tee at Sunset Hills, leading the field in every driving categories. Her 9-under was again the hottest in the field to build an 11-stroke lead with her first OB-free round of the tournament.

Paige Peirce had several stellar stretches of play – a first burst on holes 4-6 that ended with an eagle on the 6th and another late in the round – to take a solo grip on second place at -13 through three rounds.

In third place and eying a podium finish, Heather Young was once again solid from downtown, cashing in on three Circle 2 putts and turning in an OB-free day with a 5-under par to send her into Sunday at 9-under on the tournament.

“It sounds bad to say you’re playing for second but Catrina is killing it this weekend,” Young told Terry Miller of the Disc Golf Network about her fellow Prodigy Disc teammate. “Today felt really good and that’s the goal for Sunday, to play the best I can.”

Sarah Hokom’s 55, her best score of the week so far, landed her the final spot on the lead card.

Or, considering Allens nearly-insurmountable lead, every card could be called the chase card.

Momentum Accompanies Wysocki

Ricky Wysocki emerged from the woods of Northwood on a tear and that continued Saturday as the MPO shifted the action – and dynamic of the tournament – to Lake Eureka on Saturday.

Entering Saturday tied at the top of the leaderboard, Wysocki fired off an 8-under round to build a 7-stick lead heading into the finale.

His 8-under mark was second in the field to Paul McBeth, who emerged back into the discussion after a pair of disappointing rounds at Northwood Park.

McBeth got off to a blistering 6-under start at the lake en route to a 9-under, 1068-rated 54. He jumped 14 spots for sole possession of third.

Both Wysocki and McBeth had two bogies on the day as the course averaged 2.88 strokes over par for the field.

Kevin Jones, the early leader of the event, bounced back from a dismal start to hold on to second place at -16 under total. Anthony Barela jumped three spots with a 5-under to claim the final spot on the lead card, edging Gregg Barsby by virtue of the hot round.

The biggest leaps of the day belonged to Chris Dickerson (31 spots) and Calvin Heimburg, who jumped 26 spots to the chase card.

It’s Sunday golf in Peoria and while Allen and Wysocki have a stronghold on their respective fields, plenty of big names are right there waiting for any slipup.

Action resumes live on the Disc Golf Network with the FPO coverage beginning at 9:50 a.m. ET. MPO coverage is slated for a 4:05 p.m. ET start. You can also catch the action live for free on the DGPT's YouTube channel.

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