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Directors Poll: Week 10


Kevin Jones used his time in the spotlight at the Idlewild Open to crack our Directors Poll top 10. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Two top 5 showings on the PDGA National Tour.

His first career A-Tier win.

A lead card appearance at the Great Lakes Open.

So close to a signature victory at Idlewild.

Arkansas bomber Kevin Jones has been trending upward all season, relying on a well-rounded game that, contrary to popular belief, isn't all power. Case in point: His performance at Idlewild, where he led heading into the final round, was punctuated by a handful of jump putts and a newly refined forehand. The power he is known for, though, certainly helped, as he was third in the field in hitting circle 2 in regulation (61 percent) and second in parked shots (19 percent).

Even though Idlewild eventually sunk its teeth -- and Paul McBeth did Paul McBeth things en route to a stunning come-from-behind win -- the weekend in Kentucky was another point on Jones' ever-improving resume. He can now add cracking the top 10 in the Directors Poll to that list of accomplishments, and we're guessing it's a matter of when, not if, he finally takes down the big one.

In other news:

  • Eagle McMahon's tapped into a sound strategy to hold onto his number one spot: don't play. McMahon's been taking it easy since his romp at the Konopiste Open, and if he isn't dropping on the leaderboard he can't drop in the poll, apparently. That's likely to change after he skips the Ledgestone Insurance Open, but he'll be back on the scene for the MVP Open at the end of August.
  • With most of the top 5 remaining static in both divisions, James Conrad's jump up the board stands out. Idlewild served as his breakout moment in 2017, so it only makes sense that his 2018 showing there (tied for fifth place with Jones) would give him his best showing in the poll so far.
  • Zach Melton can carve up some woods. We're looking forward to see if he'll continue to climb up the standings as the season comes to a close.
  • Paige Pierce won nine in a row earlier this season, and now she's been on top of the Directors Poll for all 10 weeks of its existence. She's...very good.
  • As is Eveliina Salonen. Though she came in second place at the Finnish National Championships (congrats to Henna Blomroos for taking down the title for the first time in four years), she's made an impression on our voters.

Open

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A second-place tie in Kentucky has Zach Melton firmly back into the mix. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Eagle McMahon 37817 1 --
2 Ricky Wysocki 38008 2 --
3 Paul McBeth 27523 3 --
4 Simon Lizotte 8332 4 --
5 James Conrad 17295 7 ↑ 2
6 Nate Sexton 18824 6 --
7 Drew Gibson 48346 5 ↓ 2
8 Seppo Paju 36744 10 ↑ 2
9 Kevin Jones 41760 12 ↑ 3
10 Chris Dickerson 62647 15 ↑ 5
11 Garrett Gurthie 13864 8 ↓ 3
12 Paul Ulibarri 27171 13 ↑ 1
13 Jeremy Koling 33705 11 ↓ 2
14 Nate Doss 11794 9 ↓ 5
15 Michael Johansen 20300 New --
16 Philo Brathwaite 26416 14 ↓ 2
17 Nate Perkins 65737 New --
18 Zach Melton 38631 New --
19 Austin Hannum 68835 16 ↓ 3
20 Bradley Williams 31644 18 ↓ 2

Open Women

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While Paige Bjerkaas (left) dropped slightly in the poll, Paige Pierce maintained her streak at the top of the list. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Paige Pierce 29190 1 --
2 Catrina Allen 44184 2 --
3 Sarah Hokom 34563 3 --
4 Jessica Weese 50656 4 --
5 Lisa Fajkus 32654 5 --
6 Madison Walker 59431 6 --
7 Eveliina Salonen 64927 9 ↑ 2
8 Valarie Jenkins 17495 7 ↓ 1
9 Paige Bjerkaas 33833 8 ↓ 2
10 Jennifer Allen 15354 10 --

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