JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – A five-round tournament is bound to yield a difficult performance for any player, even one who has been playing as hot as Paige Bjerkaas. At some point, the event becomes a battle of attrition and survival mode kicks in.
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.
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.
Snow blanketed the tee pads Saturday morning at the Jonesboro Open. Photo: DGPT
If the story from day one of the Jonesboro Open was course records, Saturday was about weather records.
Springtime in Arkansas turned into a winter wonderland overnight and the mercury dipped to 28 degrees, matching the record low for the same day from 1994. Morning tee shots resembled slap shots as players slid across pads, and even when the snow let up the wind did not.
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.
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.
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.
Two new names sit atop the leaderboards of the 2015 Pro Worlds, but new to being in the lead they certainly are not. Sarah Hokom #34563, having won the PDGA Professional World Championships in 2012 in Charlotte, NC, knows exactly how to manage the stress of and compete with the pressure of a world title hanging over her head. Will Schusterick #29064 has yet to add the title of “World Champion” to his résumé, but as a 3X US Disc Golf Champion,