Weekend Roundup: Dickerson, Colglazier Push for Ledgestone Win, Allen Takes Fourth in FPO

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: DICKERSON, COLGLAZIER PUSH FOR LEDGESTONE WIN, ALLEN TAKES FOURTH IN FPO

Article by Idris Garcia | Cover photos DGPT / Alyssa Van Lanen

In the end, neither Chris Dickerson nor Cameron Colglazier came away with the Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open win, but each held the lead at one time or another during an intense final round that came down to the last hole.

Dickerson was a lead card mainstay throughout the Disc Golf Pro Tour event and ultimately came in second place after going toe-to-toe with eventual champion Nate Sexton throughout the final round. 

“Through three and a half rounds, I didn't pay much attention to what anyone else was doing,” Dickerson said.  “I was just worried about the shots I was throwing.  But after hole 13 I found out that Nate only had me by one.  So, then it kinda turned into match play.”

Dickerson took the stroke back on hole 14 and the pair birdied 15 to stay level. Dickerson then got an unfortunate skip out of bounds on 16 but kept his title hopes alive by drilling a circle 2 putt to save par. 

 Chris Dickerson tee shot at Ledgestone Open (Photo:  DGPT / Alyssa Van Lanen )

Chris Dickerson tee shot at Ledgestone Open (Photo: DGPT / Alyssa Van Lanen)

“With a lot of OB close to baskets, my game plan was to try to play my shots away from the out of bounds even if that meant taking longer putts,” Dickerson said. “I felt comfortable with most of my shots throughout the tournament.  But I will say, what kept me in contention was my putting.”

True to his game plan, Dickerson nailed 50 percent of his circle 2 putts throughout the tournament, good for second-best in the field, and was top-6 in OB rate. A birdie on 17 helped him stay within a stroke going into the final hole.

Dickerson laced his drive right over Sexton’s on hole 18 to shift the pressure onto the leader. Sexton left himself with a circle’s edge putt on the approach, so Dickerson played a safe skip shot up the hill to give himself a look. But the disc didn’t settle and started to tumble toward the water, never curling to the basket.

“I couldn't see my disc rolling on 18,” Dickerson said. “I actually had enough time to pick up my disc and put it in my bag before I saw a cameraman walking across the green and down to the water.  I just started laughing.  I mean, after I skipped from almost the middle of the fairway on hole 16 out of bounds and then the roll away was happening, I wasn't able to be mad about it.  I accepted that it just wasn't my day.”

He would finish with an 8-under par 55 for the round and a 26-under par 226 total, just one stroke ahead of Colglazier, who put down a course record 11-under par 52 on the final day. 

Colglazier’s hot finish was good for a podium spot, but he was hunting for more. With his birdie on hole 12, he was atop the leaderboard coming all the way from the third card. He kept the pressure on with three more birdies in a row before a par on hole 16.

“The third round I felt like I had a few unlucky spits, kicks, and roll-aways,” Colglazier said. “I didn’t feel out of it though. I knew if I could put together a really good fourth round that I would probably have a chance to win. I played aggressive and pretty much went for everything, and my putter caught fire. I left a few strokes out on the course that final round, but I am happy about the way I bounced back and shot the hottest round of the tournament, I think.” 

 Cameron Colglazier finished 3rd amongst the huge MPO field at Ledgestone Open. (Photo:  DGPT / Alyssa Van Lanen )

Cameron Colglazier finished 3rd amongst the huge MPO field at Ledgestone Open. (Photo: DGPT / Alyssa Van Lanen)

Colglazier only had one bogey during his final round effort and missed one putt inside the circle, though he did have three OB throws. He saved two of them for par, but one led to his lone bogey. 

“I’ve been playing the Ledgestone tournament for 5 years with the last couple being at Eureka only, so I’m very familiar with it,” he said. “I’ve gotten 2nd, 3rd twice now, 4th and 6th so it’s a place I feel very confident playing at. I’d say my best attribute as a player is accuracy off the tee box so the ropes don’t bother me at all. I’m very confident on these type of courses.”

Cale Leiviska (T-16th), Ezra Robinson (18th), Matt Orum (T-20th) and Will Schusterick  (T-20th) added top-20 finishes for the weekend.

 In Open Women, Catrina Allen finished fourth with a 5-under par 229. Allen kept her score at even or better in all four rounds and led the field in fairway hits, circle 2 in regulation and parked shots.

Billy Ray Osborn won the Amateur Masters 50+ division with his 11-under par 159, and Gannon Buhr tied for sixth in Advanced with his 12-under par 164.

Robinson in the Spotlight

 Ezra Robinson, 16, finished top 20 amongst some of the top pros in the sport. Photo:  https://www.instagram.com/sweetpeamaria/

Ezra Robinson, 16, finished top 20 amongst some of the top pros in the sport. Photo: https://www.instagram.com/sweetpeamaria/

Robinson, a former Junior World Champion, had a bit of a breakout performance as he finished ahead of big names and seasoned veterans for the best DGPT finish in his young career. He even found himself on the chase card during round 3, which came with an appearance on Jomez Productions.

"I was really proud of being in the top-20,” Robinson said. “It was kind of like a fulfilling of my dream to be on cards with the big names. Being filmed actually helped me to keep a good attitude and not stress over mistakes."

Robinson averaged nearly 32 points above his rating for the weekend and shot a 1049-rated first round and 1040-rated second round to open the tournament. 

"Definitely having good support,” Robinson said of his keys to success. “Having my brother and some of my friends walking with me on the course, plus knowing that my family and friends and other Atlanta Disc golfers were cheering for me at home was awesome. My favorite discs were my D1s, D2s, and of course my favorite putters, PA1s.”

Tournament Player - Finish
Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open Chris Dickerson – 2nd
Cameron Colglazier – 3rd
Cale Leiviska – T-16th
Ezra Robinson – 18th
Matt Orum – T-20th
Will Schusterick – T-20th

Catrina Allen – 4th (FPO)

Gannon Buhr – T-6th (Adv)

Billy Ray Osborn – 1st (AMM 50+)
Hopkinsville Open @ Trail of Tears Park 🏆 Ben Page – 1st

Sam Lee – T-3rd
2018 Fox Valley Open 🏆 Ben Kroll – 1st
Cottage Grove Open 🏆 Daniel Polk – 1st
PDGA Pro Masters Worlds Divisional Doubles Championship 🏆 David Greenwell – 1st (MPM 60+)
NPC Friends and Family Scholarship Tournament 🏆 Pete Ulibarri – 1st
Christie Lake Summer Sizzler Jaimie Pay – 5th

Jason Jalonen – 2nd (MPM 40+)
The Battle 2018 Noah Higgins – 3rd