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2018 PDGA Majors

2018 PDGA Majors

A 1065 average round rating led Eagle McMahon to his first career PDGA Major victory at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon had always said that once he finally got over the hump and locked down his first significant win that more victories would follow.

But he never thought they would come this quickly.

“I didn’t, no,” the 20-year-old Colorado native said. “Like at Vegas, after I won that tournament there were thoughts in my head like, ‘Sweet, I got the big win. This is gonna be my big win of the year.’ Fast forward to mid-July, and it’s one of four. It’s gone a lot faster than I expected.”

Eighteen-year-old Eveliina Salonen is the first European player to win a PDGA Major since 2010. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eveliina Salonen built a six-shot lead after two rounds of the Konopiště Open. After round three, that cushion was down to three.

She needed every one of those strokes Sunday, as she held off a fierce charge from fellow Finn Henna Blomroos and ended up with her first career PDGA Major title.

Eagle McMahon is on the cusp of his first PDGA Major victory, as he takes a nine-shot lead into the final round of the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Stop the presses! Alert the authorities! Put up the Bat Signal!

Eagle McMahon finally carded a bogey at the Konopiště Open.

Henna Blomroos finished hot to close the gap at the Konopiste Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

The battle of young Finnish stars continued on day three of the Konopiště Open, with the country’s top-rated women’s player taking her turn for the hot round.

"This tournament is far from over." Eagle McMahon has the lead at the midway point of the Konopiště Open, but he knows his competitors have plenty of time to catch up. Photo: Eino Ansio.

If Eagle McMahon was going to have a letdown after setting the Konopiště Open course record on Thursday, it wasn’t going to come on Friday. But the tournament’s defending champion was right there to keep pace.

Eveliina Salonen moved into first place at the Konopiště Open’s halfway mark. Photo: Eino Ansio

After a round one showing in which she carded zero birdies, Finnish phenom Eveliina Salonen made up for lost time during the Konopiště Open’s second round Friday.

Eagle McMahon celebrates after landing a course record-setting putt during round one of the Konopiště Open in Benesov, Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon’s total score over three rounds of the 2017 Konopiště Open was 15-under par.

He only needed one round at the Franz Ferdinand course this year to best that performance.

Catrina Allen's even-par showing has her on top of the leaderboard in the Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

On an 11,000-foot, par 67 course, birdies come at a premium. Case in point: There were a total of 10 shots under par carded by the top 5 Open Women’s players during round one of the Konopiště Open Thursday morning.

Catrina Allen was responsible for 40 percent of that total, and as a result she has taken an early lead at this year’s European Major.

Přemek Novák, left, speaks with Ralph Hüpper ahead of the Konopiště Open. Novák is one of the primary architects of disc golf's rise in the Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

To tell the story of disc golf in the Czech Republic, you first have to do a little globetrotting.

Clint Calvin celebrating on 18. Photo by Shane Lucas.

After a second round that left him in a three-way tie for second and two off the lead, San Diego’s Clint Calvin needed to play a flawless round on The Toboggan if he was going to bring the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship title home to California. With his dad at his side and the gallery behind, he did just that, tapping in on 18 to card a bogey-free 56 (7-under par) for the win.

A relaxed Luke Humphries sits comfortably on the railing of hole 18 knowing he's secured the lead for the final round.

MILFORD, MI – Moving day lived up to its name during the second round of the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship as players from the fourth, fifth, sixth card and beyond made monumental moves to reorganize the rankings heading into Sunday’s final round. If Saturday proved anything, it’s that The Toboggan shows no pity or compassion for anyone, and this event is still anyone’s to take.

Ryan Brophy enters the second round of the USADGC tied for the lead. Photo: Heather Scruggs.

After a few changes to the course for 2018, the Toboggan DGC saw its first official course record on its new and improved layout. Michigan’s own Ryan Brophy and California’s Clint Calvin each finished the day with 7-under par 56s during the opening round of the 2018 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship on Friday, putting them one ahead of a four-way tie for third place as we head into round two on Saturday afternoon.

A fitting sign for the 2018 USADGC marks one of the toboggan runs near the green of hole 2.

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Round 3

Pro Masters 40+ Lead Card

 

 

Courtney McCoy pulled away early in the final round to secure the U.S. Masters Championship. Photo: PDGA Media

When the air horn sounded for the final round of the 2018 Tim Selinske US Masters Championship, there were many divisions where closely contended battles were about to begin. Cloudy skies and a light breeze gave the competitors a break from the heat and humidity of the previous rounds, providing a "no excuses"-type atmosphere in the race for the titles.

Three courses and 54 holes into the 2018 Tim Selinske US Masters and JohnE McCray has yet to card a single bogey. Add to that the 37 birdies he’s picked up since the opening round and it’s easy to see why he’s now sitting at the top of the leaderboard with a five-stroke cushion with only one round remaining.

Despite the consistent 20-25 MPH winds of the morning, the opening round of the 2018 Tim Selinske US Masters Championships proved to be as calm and clear as anyone could ask for on spring day in northern Indiana. All four courses of the Lemon Lake Flight Center were jam-packed, with the Pro Masters 40+ and Pro Masters Women 40+ taking on the shared land of the Gold and Silver courses, respectively.

The Gold and Silver layouts are the toughest of the five available on the property, playing mostly through the woods and measuring in at 8500 feet and 6500 feet, respectively. Keeping the disc on the fairway is vital, as getting out of the rough is almost never makes for an easy par save.

Dan "Stork" Roddick (left) and Tim Selinske (right)

With the ninth running of the Tim Selinske US Masters Championships beginning on Friday morning, we thought it best to give the disc golf world a quick refresher about who Tim Selinske was, how incredible of a person he was, how much he impacted disc golf, and how much of a loss the flying disc community felt as a whole when he passed. The following is a piece written by Dan "Stork" Roddick, PDGA #003, for the Fall 2009 issue of DiscGolfer Magazine. Stork used much of what is written below when he gave Tim's eulogy after his death in August 2009.

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