Sarah Hokom added to her lead every round at the San Francisco Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
Talk about a San Francisco treat.
Sarah Hokom entered Sunday’s final round at Gleneagles Golf Course with a six-shot lead and walked away with an eight-throw victory and her first win at an Elite Series event since April of 2017. Her 13-under par 185 at the San Francisco Open resulted in her second win of 2018 and snapped Paige Pierce’s undefeated season in one fell swoop.
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.
Simon Lizotte, shown here at the Santa Cruz Masters Cup, took an early lead at the San Francisco Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
After a 28th-place finish at last week’s Santa Cruz Masters Cup that registered as his worst on the PDGA National Tour since 2015, Simon Lizotte only needed four days and some open fairways to rediscover his form.
Sarah Hokom, shown here at last week's Santa Cruz Masters Cup, has an early lead in San Francisco. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
Clocking in at 9,044 feet, the San Francisco Open’s Gleneagles Golf Course is the longest the Open Women’s field has faced at an Elite Series event in 2018. Count it as an upset, then, that a player who often says she doesn’t have the distance to keep up with the rest of the field fared the best during the opening round.