WEEKEND ROUNDUP: JONES, ALLEN SECOND AT GREAT LAKES OPEN; LEIVISKA, DICKERSON COLLECT WINS
Article by Idris Garcia
The final round of last year’s Great Lakes Open was a mere formality, but Kevin Jones was not going to allow that to happen in 2019. Jones pressed for the latest Disc Golf Pro Tour title in Milford, Mich., until the very last hole in an exciting second place finish.
He rode a scorching hot putter to the finish line, as he was perfect from circle 1x and canned two—nearly three—of his four putts from circle 2 during the finale. Jones went down by a stroke on hole 11 and looked to answer by giving himself a birdie look on the tricky, guarded 12th hole.
His putt from outside the circle grabbed a lot of chains but splashed out, and recovered to match defending champion Paul McBeth stroke for stroke over the next four holes with birdies on each, including a 49-foot putt on 14 and a near ace on 16. His tournament could have ended with the out of bounds stroke he took on 17, but he scrambled and converted a tough uphill putt to match McBeth’s par.
Jones drilled a 38-foot putt on hole 18 in a final effort to force a playoff. McBeth was able to convert on a birdie, too, leaving Jones in a close second with a 30-under par 156 total. It was seven strokes ahead of third.
Jones finished tied at the top with a birdie on 57 percent of the holes and led in parked shots and circle 1 in regulation. Lance Brown added a top-25 finish in a tie for 24th.
Catrina Allen also landed a second place finish to keep her podium streak alive, as she hasn’t missed it since March. She tossed a 1-under par 179 over three rounds to finish as one of the only two Open Women’s competitors to shoot under par.
Leiviska, Dickerson Each Go Back-to-Back
Cale Leiviska enjoyed a fruitful trip to Alaska, winning The Alaska Open in Anchorage to go with his King of the Hill title. Leiviska shot a 27-under 127 to win by five. He posted the low score in each round and secured the win with a 1056-rated final round.
Dickerson went back-to-back in the same weekend at a pair of tournaments in Athens, Tenn. On Saturday, competitors played from the long tees at Athens Regional Park. Dickerson took a seven stroke win with a 27-under 109. Competitors moved up to the short tees on Sunday and Dickerson’s 21-under 96 was good for an eight stroke margin. He had the low score in all four rounds over the weekend and has now won three events in a row and 15 on the year. Brandon Brown played both events, finishing in a fourth place tie Saturday and in second place on Sunday.
Nick Rowton had a 10 stroke win at the 2nd Annual Freedom Fling in Coleman, Texas. Rowton took a seven stroke lead in round one and added another three with a 1041-rated second round. Thomas Veal finished in second in Advanced.
Jacob Henson continued to heat up during the summer stretch with his third win in his last four tournaments at the Bluff City Classic 2019. Henson’s win in Memphis, Tenn., was also his second in a row. He averaged just over 27 points above his rating and shot the hot score in two out of the three rounds. He totaled a 32-under 143. Tray Desnoyer finished in fourth and Vann Moss finished eighth.
Nick Snelling won in Davenport, Iowa, at the 13th Annual Iron Lion Open. He won wire-to-wire in the two round event with a 23-under 89 to beat out teammate Jeremy Farnsworth. Snelling was tied for the lead in round one and turned it up in round two, shooting the low score by three.
Josh Seeley won an unsanctioned event in the Main Players Tour at Devil’s Grove. Seeley finished four shots ahead of second.
|Tournament||Player - Finish|
|2019 Great Lakes Open||Kevin Jones - 2nd
Lance Brown - T-24th
Catrina Allen - 2nd (FPO)
|The Alaska Open||🏆 Cale Leiviska – 1st|
|Athens Regional Park Long Tees||🏆 Chris Dickerson – 1st
Brandon Brown - 4th
|Athens Regional Park Short Tees||🏆 Chris Dickerson – 1st
Brandon Brown - 2nd
|2nd Annual Freedom Fling||🏆 Nick Rowton - 1st
Thomas Veal - 2nd (Adv)
|Bluff City Classic 2019|| 🏆 Jacob Henson - 1st
Tray Desnoyer - 4th
Vann Moss - 8th
|13th Annual Iron Lion Open||🏆 Nick Snelling - 1st
Jeremy Farnsworth - 2nd
|Maine Players Tour – Devil’s Grove||🏆 Josh Seeley - 1st|
|Smokin Aces @ Sioux||Al Kennon - 2nd (MP40)|
|White Cedar Open on Hidden Meadows||Ben Kroll - T-2nd
Mitch Privette - T-5th
Daniel Polk - 2nd (MP40)
|14th Annual Idaho Masters||Matt Jackson - 3rd
Josh Flynn - 5th
|Parma Primal||Bobby Jones - T-2nd
Sam Castiglione - T-5th
|Emery Red, White, and Blue Open||Bobby Jones - T-4th|