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Hokom Aces, Adds To Lead At SFO


Sarah Hokom takes a six-shot lead into the final round of the San Francisco Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Sarah Hokom started the process of pulling away from the San Francisco Open field yesterday, using deft accuracy and a highlight reel throw to create a six-shot lead heading into Sunday morning’s final at Gleneagles Golf Course.

Hokom’s 7-under par 59 clocked in at a 999 round rating and pushed her two-day total to a 10-under par 122, while the rest of the division will have to do serious chasing. Paige Pierce and Jessica Weese are the hottest on her heels, as the duo tossed matching 4-under par 62s to move to 4-under overall. Both Catrina Allen and Valarie Jenkins slipped off the lead card pace, with Allen’s 1-over par 67 and Jenkins’ 2-over par 68 brining the pair to even.

The most significant shot of the day came early for Hokom. Faced with a 347-foot downhill poke on the par 3 3rd, Hokom launched a wide hyzer with her signature submarine forehand that skipped into the chains for an ace.

Though Hokom followed up the high with a two-putt for par, she was able to continually limit any damage the rest of the round. She canned circle’s edge putts on holes 5 and 6 to save par, then parked 7 and 9 for easy birdies. She went bogey-free on the round and added a turkey on holes 15 through 17 to pad her lead, and she either leads the field in parked shots (19 percent) and circle 1 in regulation (53 percent).

Pierce, meanwhile, kickstarted her round with an 85-foot throw-in for 3 on the 668-foot 1st, but if she wants to pull off another Waco-like comeback – Hokom took a six-shot lead into that final, too – she’ll need to clean up on the green. Pierce two-putted four times during the round, and in the process lost five strokes to the leader.

Weese, who like Hokom relies predominantly on her forehand, has also maintained her driving and approach accuracy throughout the event. The Northern California pro leads the field in fairway hits (88 percent) and circle 2 in regulation (75 percent), and did not let the effects of a final-hole snowman from round one stick around to haunt her. Weese also birdied holes 15 through 17 and took a clean par on 567-foot 18th to close the round.

Moving day also brought small crawls up the leaderboard for two players who are new to the touring scene in 2018. Ellen Widboom rode a 90 percent circle 1 putting percentage to a five-spot jump that put her into an eighth place tie with Kona Panis, who moved three slots in the standings with a 2-over par round Saturday. Melody Waibel, who entered the day in seventh, struggled on the green and tumbled to 14th.

The Open Women’s lead card tees off at 9 a.m. PT, with real-time scoring and statistics available via UDisc Live. The round will be streamed in condensed form at 1:30 p.m. on the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s YouTube channel.

Comments

Well you use the ground or tree to aid or help in your shot at the hole I guess that works. But personally it shouldn't be allowed because your shot used the ground to help in achieving the ace. But since I don't make the rules she got the ace.

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