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Rebecca Cox

Rebecca Cox

Paige Bjerkaas quickly lost her lead during Saturday's fourth round of Pro Worlds, but she regained control to head into Sunday's final with a five-shot advantage. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – Paige Bjerkaas’ day didn’t exactly go as planned.

As temperatures plummeted here at Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center for the Open Women’s lead card’s 9:30 a.m. tee time Saturday, the 21-year-old Kansan’s game matched the conditions. Simply put, it was cold.

Double bogey. Par. Triple bogey. A five-stroke lead, evaporated in a mere three holes at Fox Run Meadows.

Paige Bjerkaas was all smiles after firing off a career-best round Thursday afternoon during the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – Paige Bjerkaas has just walked off Fox Run Meadows after a 5-under par gem and is waiting for her close-up. As she stands on the stage just outside the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf Center pro shop, onsite camera crews adjust their lenses as a boom mic hovers near her feet, waiting to capture the perfect soundbite. And they’re about to get it.

Rebecca Cox saved the best round of her career for the first round of Pro Worlds Wednesday at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – One day after four-time PDGA World Champion Paige Pierce namechecked her as a player on the rise, Rebecca Cox made good on that promise.

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.

21-year-old Rebecca Cox is embarking on her second full season of touring. Photo: PDGA

With a combined slate of 15 events in 2018, the PDGA National Tour and the Disc Golf Pro Tour are creating an opportunity for more professional disc golfers to pack up their cars, vans, and RVs and trek from sea to shining sea. Add in the various PDGA Majors and the Pro Tour Championship, and that number swells to almost 20 stops – and that doesn’t include the well-attended A-Tiers that provide players another shot at competing in the interim weeks.