Eagle McMahon fired off a 1077-rated hot round as the wind picked up in Kansas on Thursday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
EMPORIA, Kansas -- The Open lead card combined to go 20 shots over par Thursday at the Emporia Country Club, amassing a whopping 26 out-of-bounds strokes as the wind whipped up havoc on the leaderboard.
That left a window open for the defending Glass Blown Open champion to soar through.
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.”
"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.
Eagle McMahon is now three for four on the PDGA National Tour in 2018. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
ESTACADA, Ore. – Eagle McMahon knew he had a three-shot lead over his closest cardmate as he headed into hole 12 during Sunday’s Beaver State Fling final at Milo McIver State Park’s Riverbend East Disc Golf Course. He was simply looking to nail down a victory.
Instead of a nail, though, that fastener came in the form of a pin.
Simon Lizotte used a strong front nine to move into the lead at the Beaver State Fling on Saturday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
ESTACADA, Ore. – For someone who had just shot a 9-under par round to take the lead at the Beaver State Fling, Simon Lizotte wasn’t terribly excited. Dressed head to toe in black, his sartorial choice matched his somber mood.
“If I could finish rounds, I’d be really good,” he said, resignation in his voice.
Eagle McMahon is now two-for-two on the 2018 National Tour after a late-round Glass Blown Open victory. Photo: The Flight Record
EMPORIA, Kan. – If Winthrop Gold’s iconic hole 17 is disc golf’s most consequential, the Emporia Country Club’s 365-foot 16th is a worthy rival. And during Saturday’s final round of the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open, the picturesque, hair-raising island shot added another page to its growing legend.
Drew Gibson combined power and accuracy to stay atop the leaderboard at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Photo: The Flight Record
EMPORIA, Kan. – Disc golf is a game that can give as quickly as it can take. Never was that more apparent than during a raucous second round of the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open Friday afternoon at the Emporia Country Club, where each of the event’s leaders experienced their own tumult.
Nikko Locastro is one of five tied for the lead after the first day of the Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
A handful of competitors tossed double digits under par Wednesday to kick off the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour season, with 10 coming up as the lucky number on the leaderboard at the Memorial Championship outside Phoenix.
JohnE McCray, Nikko Locastro, K.J. Nybo, Ricky Wysocki, and Teemu Nissinen all fired off 1062-rated 46s at Fountain Hills to seize an early share of the lead, while Simon Lizotte, Eagle McMahon, and Eric Oakley are tied for sixth place after their 9-under par 47s.
Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson talk a wild weekend at the Las Vegas Challenge. The wind played a factor early (4:15) and saw young players jump to the top of the leaderboard, including second place Open finisher Joel Freeman (7:45), before Eagle McMahon broke through with a signature win (12:30). The Open Women’s side also featured some fresh faces (21:00) and another classic battle between Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen (24:35). Plus discussion on how conditions affected players’ hands and the advent of UDisc Live on the PDGA National Tour.
Eagle McMahon (left) and Joel Freeman shared their home state pride after round three of the Las Vegas Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
HENDERSON, Nev. – Eagle McMahon and Joel Freeman stood feet from the 18th basket on the Adidas Terrex course on one of the rare patches of green grass in this parched desert landscape. The sun had just set on the third round of the Las Vegas Challenge, and the two Colorado natives could not help but be in awe at their current standing.
“I can’t believe that Joel – from Colorado -- and me are first and second right now,” McMahon said. “That’s so ridiculous.”
Jesse Adams leads the Las Vegas Challenge after a 10-under par performance Thursday. Photo: PDGA Media
HENDERSON, Nev. – Jesse Adams is playing in his first career PDGA National Tour event, and with that came an 8:32 a.m. tee time Thursday at the Las Vegas Challenge.
By 5 p.m., when all of disc golf’s biggest names finally exited Wildhorse Golf Club after a day of abysmal conditions, Adams’ unofficially 1075-rated 10-under par 48 still stood up as the top performance.