WEEKEND ROUND-UP: DICKERSON WINS 10TH STRAIGHT, PAJU JUMPS UP MEMORIAL LEADERBOARD
Article by Idris Garcia
Chris Dickerson’s streak reached double digits, while teammates continued to post strong finishes across the country.
Dickerson continued his domination in the Southeast, winning Spike Hyzer's: Tim & Donna's Wedding Anniversary Extravaganza in Kingsport, Tenn. His 24-under par 161 was good enough for a three-stroke win, one of the closest margins during the impressive streak.
Dickerson has now won his first seven tournaments of 2018 to go along with the last three of last year. His first scheduled appearance on the tour scene is the Jonesboro Open, a Disc Golf Pro Tour event, in April.
Several of his teammates participated in the DGPT’s opener, The Memorial Championship in Scottsdale Ariz. Seppo Paju used a hot final round to rocket up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for sixth at a 31-under par 201.
Paju shot a 1054-rated 10-under par 50 in round four to jump 14 spots. Paul Ulibarri secured a top-20 finish with a -26 under par 206 total.
Dan Hastings got his first win of the season, a 12-stroke victory in the 2018 Camp Durant Classic in Carthage, N.C. Hastings rode a 1054-rated opening round to a 34-under par 188.
Billy Ray Osborn joined Hastings atop the leaderboard, winning the Amateur Masters 40+ the BG Series #2 Beasts of BG in Bowling Green, Ky. It was Osborne’s second tournament in as many days, and he posted a second place showing the day before in the dame division at the BG Series #1 Hills of BG.
The Frostbite Open in Opelika, Ala., was packed with Prodigy players, and so was the top-10. Michael Gibney led the way with a 15-under par 129. Gibney finished second, one stroke ahead of Colin Forehand in third and three strokes ahead of Todd Bagwell in fifth.
Teammates Austin Lytle and Will Schusterick tied for ninth with matching 6-under par 138s. It was the first tournament for Schusterick since an injury caused him to miss time after the Green Mountain Championships last September.
Nick Snelling and Ben Kroll added top-5 finishes Midwestern competition. Snelling finished second in The Second Annual Triumph Open - Iowa Cup #1 in Milan, Ill., while Kroll finished fourth in the Shakopee Wintertime Open in Shakopee, Minn.
The Minnesota Deaf Disc Golf Association held the MNDDGA Frozen Chains tournament, an unsanctioned event where teammates Robin Johnson, Ben Lewis and Street Team member Jakey Lingle took the top three spots. Lewis and Lingle tied for second and Johnson took the win.
See all the top finishes from Team Prodigy members below:
|Tournament||Player - Finish|
|DGPT Memorial Championship||Seppo Paju - T 6th
Paul Ulibarri - T 20th
Catrina Allen - T 4th (FPO)
Melody Waibel - 12th (FPO)
|Spike Hyzer's:Tim & Donna's Wedding Anniversary Extravaganza||🏆 Chris Dickerson - 1st
Delany Thomas - T 7th (ADV)
|2018 Camp Durant Classic||🏆 Dan Hastings - 1st|
|BG Series #2 Beasts of BG||🏆 Billy Ray Osborn - 1st (AM40)|
|MNDDGA Frozen Chains||🏆 Robin Johnson - 1st
Ben Lewis - T 2nd
|Frostbite Open||Michael Gibney - 2nd
Colin Forehand - 3rd
Todd Bagwell - 5th
Will Schusterick - T 9th
Austin Lytle - T 9th
|The Second Annual Triumph Open - Iowa Cup #1||Nick Snelling - 2nd|
|BG Series #1 Hills of BG||Billy Ray Osborn - 2nd (AM40)|
|Shakopee Wintertime Open||Ben Kroll - 4th|