WEEKEND ROUNDUP: ALLEN BATTLES TO SECOND PLACE FINISH IN VEGAS, LEIVISKA AND JONES NOTCH TOP-5 FINISHES IN MPO
Article by Idris Garcia | Cover Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen via PDGA Flickr
Catrina Allen was in contention at the Las Vegas Challenge, the season’s first National Tour, all weekend long and made one last push in the final round, ultimately having to settle for a second-place finish after a playoff.
Allen erased a three stroke round one deficit by tossing a 994-rated second round. She maintained a hot pace in round three to build up a four shot lead going into the final round. A rocky front nine saw her lead slip but a steady back nine kept her in striking distance. Allen gained three strokes in the last three holes to finish with a 2-under par 240 weekend total and force the playoff.
In Open Men, tour veteran Cale Leiviska and Prodigy newcomer Kevin Jones surged in the final round to garner top-5 finishes. Leiviska’s big move came in round two as he rocketed up 25 spots with a 1062-rated 8-under 53.
He saved his best for last, starting on the third card. Leiviska turned in a scorching 1071-rated 13-under 48, which included a six-hole birdies streak on the back nine. He totaled a 40-under 202 to land on the podium.
Jones also made a big move in round two, with a 23-man jump, but did his best handiwork in round three. He put on a clinic off the tee, hitting 95 percent of fairways and landing in Circle 1 in regulation at a 72 percent clip.
Jones also converted all of his scramble attempts in the round to finish with a bogey-free 13-under 48 which was 1067-rated. That pulled him up another 12 spots into fifth, where he put down another strong effort with a 1053-rated round to maintain his standing with a 39-under 203 total.
All three Core Team members will head to Arizona to compete in the Memorial Championship, the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s 2019 debut.
Colglazier, Masters, and Perry Collect Wins
Nicholas Masters picked up the win, his second in a row, at the 3rd Annual Tallahassee Warm Up in Florida. The tournament was tightly contested as he grabbed a narrow one stroke lead in the first round and had to fend off two competitors to win by the same margin. Masters totaled a 2-under 148. One of those trying to chase him down was teammate Colin Forehand who tied for second.
Dustin Perry was in a tight race of his own at the Aiken County Challenge in Aiken, S.C. Perry fought tooth and nail for his 24-under 152 over three rounds. He found himself in a tie at the top of the leaderboard and won the playoff. Austin Lytle finished fifth.
Cameron Colglazier took the win at the Alligator Alley Classic, a Southern Nationals event. He was joined in the strong showing by several other teammates including Michael Gibney (3rd), Jeremie Gates (4th), Josh Hollingsworth (5th) and Andrew Montgomery (6th).
|Tournament||Player - Finish|
|Las Vegas Challenge||Catrina Allen - 2nd (FPO)
Cale Leiviska - T-3rd
Kevin Jones - 5th
|Alligator Alley Classic||🏆 Cameron Colglazier - 1st
Michael Gibney - 3rd
Jeremie Gates - 4th
Josh Hollingsworth - 5th
Andrew Montgomery - 6th
|Aiken County Open||🏆 Dustin Perry - 1st
Austin Lytle - 5th
|3rd Annual Tallahassee Warm Up||🏆 Nicholas Masters - 1st
Colin Forehand - T-2nd
|Toronto Beaches Bullit Blast||Jason Jalonen - T-2nd|
|Twin Cities Ice Bowl||Ben Kroll - T-2nd|
|Mulligan Stew||Ben Kroll - T-2nd|
|BATADGA Tour Stop #2||Tanner Girouard - 2nd|
|Ice Bowl Crazy Finale Lincoln Ridge||Billy Ray Osborn - 2nd|