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Paige Pierce weathered the conditions to take a one-shot Beaver State Fling lead. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. – Discs floated gracefully across the sky. Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen carted around brightly hued towels. Vanessa Van Dyken was all smiles. There were umbrellas everywhere.

The third round of the Beaver State Fling could have been mistaken for a day at the beach for the Open Women’s division if it weren’t for all the pesky precipitation falling from above.

After taking down the Santa Cruz Masters Cup, Paige Pierce (foreground) took over our Instagram story. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Paige Pierce lined up another double-digit victory this weekend in Santa Cruz. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and Paige Pierce is walking through the DeLaveaga Golf Course parking lot after a runaway win at the Santa Cruz Masters Cup. She’s come to the realization that she is still undefeated in 2018.

It’s the middle of May.

“Yeah, it’s crazy,” she said. “Crazy.”

Paige Pierce takes a six-shot lead into today's Masters Cup final. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Clocking in at just under five hours, Saturday’s second round of the Masters Cup found the Open Women’s division logging a marathon disc golf session. Though the number of holes at DeLaveaga Park, 24, comes up just shy of the number of miles in a great endurance race, both require physical stamina and mental fortitude.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the top-rated player in the field used the opportunity to pull away from the pack as she closed in toward the finish line.

Valarie Jenkins lines up an approach during round one of the Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Now in her fourteenth year playing the Masters Cup, it’s safe to say four-time PDGA World Champion Valarie Jenkins has learned a thing or two about how to tame DeLaveaga Park. So even if she isn’t the touring stalwart she once was, it should come as no surprise to see her atop the standings after day one at the iconic venue.

Paige Pierce won her fourth career Glass Blown Open this weekend in Emporia, Kansas. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

EMPORIA, Kan. – Paige Pierce has had a firm grasp on the momentum in the Open Women’s division this season, but for a few holes Saturday at Peter Pan Park, her grip on it started to loosen.

A missed putt here, a bogey there, and her Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open lead – which started at two shots over Lisa Fajkus entering the round – evaporated.

Paige Pierce recovered from some mid-round struggles to jump into first place at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

EMPORIA, Kan. – On the 14th hole of a round that Paige Pierce described as “nothing spectacular, really,” the wheels came off.

Paige Pierce walked in another victory at the Jonesboro Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paige Pierce took a six-shot lead into a frigid Sunday morning final at the Jonesboro Open, and it’s safe to say that, despite slightly higher temperatures than a snowy Saturday round, her scorecard heated up before she did.

Paige Pierce cleans up one of her 11 birdies during the first round of the Jonesboro Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paige Pierce wasn’t even supposed to play in the Jonesboro Open.

The weather in Waco was not the only intriguing story from the weekend. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

There weren’t any buzzer beaters, though competitors did race Mother Nature’s shot clock on Saturday. Nor were there any UMBC Retrievers to be found, but some did have to retrieve wayward discs from the waters of the Brazos River. Heck, there wasn’t even an upset; even if there was, Nate Perkins over Jeremy Koling would have been more akin to No. 13 Marshall over No. 4 Wichita State than Friday night’s No. 16 over No. 1 shocker.

A come-from-behind win gave Paige Pierce her second consecutive Waco Annual Charity Open title. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paige Pierce had done everything she needed to – and then some.

Sarah Hokom (left) and Paige Pierce are in first and second place, respectively, after two rounds of the Waco Annual Charity Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

If scores and stats aren’t enough to prove that Sarah Hokom put in a relentless performance Friday at the Waco Annual Charity Open, look no further than the words of Paige Pierce, who described Hokom’s play with a tone that mixed awe and exasperation.

Paul McBeth, shown here during round one of the Memorial at Fountain Hills, fired off the hot round to move into first place Thursday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

There’s a reason fans refer to this week’s tour stop in Arizona as the “Mc”morial.

Paige Pierce eyes her line during the final round of the Las Vegas Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

HENDERSON, Nev. – A birdie from Paige Pierce there. A return from Catrina Allen there.

The Open Women’s leaderboard ping-ponged during the final round of the Las Vegas Challenge, with Allen and Pierce exchanging volleys through the first two thirds of the 8,582-foot Innova course. Neither player would yield, as Pierce erased some early out-of-bounds strokes with crushing drives and long putts while Allen went station to station, collecting pars remaining steady.

Catrina Allen tees off during round three of the Las Vegas Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

HENDERSON, Nev – An inconsistent day of scoring here at the Adidas Terrex course led to a familiar scenario for the final round of the Las Vegas Challenge: Like so many times before, Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen are tied atop the leaderboard and headed for a Sunday showdown.

Paige Pierce shot up the leaderboard Friday morning. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

HENDERSON, Nev. – Though we’re mere miles from the famed Strip here at the Las Vegas Challenge, seven is rarely a lucky number on the course. In racking up that many out-of-bounds throws during her 938-rated opening round Thursday, Paige Pierce didn’t look like the high roller she normally is and instead found herself in an eight-shot hole.

It didn’t take long, though, for the natural order to be restored.

Washington native Sai Ananda surprised with her 2-under par 56. Photo: PDGA Media

HENDERSON, Nev. – What’s in a name?

For 21-year-old Sai Ananda, who started off the PDGA National Tour season with a 2-under par 56 opening round here at the Las Vegas Challenge, it’s everything.

“I think my parents did a pretty good job in naming me, the first name being a martial arts weapon and the second name being an East Indian word for bliss,” the Washington state native said. “I’ve kind of taken that into a disc golf philosophy in trying to be aggressive with my pleasant demeanor.”

Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen.

MAE NAM, Thailand Paige Pierce’s 2018 season started with a bang, as the Texas native shot a 1021-rated 10-under par 48 here Thursday during the opening round of the Samui Swine Classic V. Playing on the feature card with defending champion Philo Brathwaite, who also tossed a 48, Pierce’s well-rounded game was on display with crisp backhand and forehand drives; accurate midranges and putters on almost all the short, must-get birdie holes; and consistency inside the circle. 

It's official. The final Player of the Year (POY) and Rookie of the Year (ROY) points are totaled! Paul McBeth #27523 and Paige Pierce #29190 are your PDGA Players of the Year for the 2015 season. Chris Dickerson #62467 and Sara Lamberson #41012 are your PDGA Rookies of the Year.

Paul McBeth #27523 sweeps every ranking metric in 2015 to retain his PDGA World #1 rank after sweeping the PDGA Majors: Pro Worlds, USDGC, Aussie Open, Scandinavian Open, and European Open. McBeth also finished with the best record for the PDGA National Tour events and retained the highest player rating, setting new records along the way. Ricky Wysocki #38008 moved up into 2nd place on the strength of his runner-up finish at the 2015 USDGC, forcing Will Schusterick #29064 and Nikko Locastro #11534 down to 3rd and 4th, respectively.

The 2015 PDGA National Tour Elite Series Standings have been updated to include the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic presented by MVP Disc Sports, the seventh and final event  of NT Elite Series. Series points from a player’s top five PDGA National Tour finishes from the first six events, plus the points from the 2015 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA, were added together to determine the men's and women's 2015 PDGA National Tour Elite Series Champions.

“The National Tour started with a playoff and ended with a playoff”, said Paul McBeth #27523 as we walked up to the tee pad of Hole 2 with the gallery just behind us. At that moment, the reality of the 2015 National Tour coming to an end finally hit me. Has it really been six months since The Memorial Championships where Mcbeth faced another North Carolinian in a playoff?

The 2015 PDGA National Tour Elite Series Standings have been updated as of the 2015 Ledgestone Insurance Open, the sixth of seven total NT events in the series this year. Series points from a player’s top five PDGA National Tour finishes from the first six events, plus the points from the 2015 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA, will determine the men's and women's 2015 PDGA National Tour Elite Series Champions.

Story by Zach Parcell, owner and editor of AllThingsDiscGolf.com.

With thousands on hand to watch disc golf’s best, 11 people were crowned Disc Golf World Champions in the Pittsburgh area on Saturday. The day began with the 18 hole semifinals before the top cards advanced to the Final 9 at Slippery Rock University.

It’s rare, but sometimes not making the cut can end up being a blessing in a weird way. They didn’t cash, but at least they can say they went to an amazing event and played one of the best courses in the world during back-to-back-to-back days of incredible weather. It’s been more than 15 hours since the first card teed off this morning at a cold, windy, and rain-plagued Maple Hill, and it’s STILL RAINING.

Over the past week, 175 men and women made their way to Leicester, MA for the 2015 Maple Hill Open to compete for one of the most coveted victories in disc golf. All in all, the 175 competitors at this PDGA National Tour event represent 33 states, Finland, and Sweden. Unfortunately, for nearly half of those 175, the 18th hole of Round 3 this afternoon was the last they would play at the Maple Hill Open.

26 miles later, we are officially done walking up, down, and across the DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course, as the final round of the 2015 “Steady” Ed Memorial Masters Cup has come to an end. It was another day of perfect NorCal weather for this event, the third stop on the 2015 PDGA National Tour.

Paul McBeth #27523 and Paige Pierce #29190 top the PDGA Year-end 2014 World Rankings. McBeth has completed the most dominant year ever since World Rankings were started in 2005 (Ken Climo #4297 likely has had as dominant of a year before World Rankings started). McBeth averaged just slightly under first place in the tournament and ratings elements used to calculate World Rankings. Nathan Doss #11794 ranked second, averaging around fourth place for the year. RIchard Wysocki #38008 ranked sixth may have had the second best season if you eliminate his finish at the 2014 USDGC.

The 2014 United States Disc Golf Championship had it all. Will Schusterick #29064 became a 3X USDGC Champion after winning a sudden death playoff against the world’s #1 ranked player, Paul McBeth #27523. 2X Women’s World Champion, Paige Pierce #29190, became the first woman to take the gold in Performance Flight. And last but not least, an awesome distance showcase over-the-lake wrapped it all up with Jeremy Koling #33705 becoming the first to ever slam a driver into the chains.

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