Weekend Roundup: Paju, Allen Make Final Round Comeback Bids at Beaver State Fling


Article by Idris Garcia

Seppo Paju faced a six stroke deficit two holes into the Beaver State Fling’s fourth and final round in Estacada, Ore., but the tournament was far from over. Paju charged back at the latest National Tour event with a bogey-free 8-under par 53 to narrow the gap all the way to one.

Pressure mounted down the stretch, but he continued to execute big time shots. Paju had cut the lead to two by hole 16 and converted an incredible par save on hole 17. An errant drive left him in the rough and his upshot didn’t find the fairway either. Left with a small window about 60 feet from the pin, Paju spun his putt through the leaves and into the chains to gain another stroke.

He left himself a putt from just outside the circle to send the tournament into extra holes, but it fell just below the cage. Paju totaled a 34-under 210, which was five strokes ahead of third place. Kevin Jones finished in an 11th place tie with a 23-under 221.

Catrina Allen also made a move in the tournament’s final round with an even-par 61. Her round was only one off the hot score and shaved five strokes off the lead. She ultimately finished in seconds with a 4-over par 248 total. Allen has now played in 13 events and finished first or second in 12 of them.

Meanwhile, G.T. Hancock nabbed his fourth win of the year at the Heritage Park Open in Belton. Hancock came back from three down after the first round to pick up the one stroke win. He shot a 22-under 105 in two rounds.

Ben Kroll ran away in Superior, Wisc., at the Northern Lights Disc Golf Experience. Kroll’s 1050-rated second round propelled him to a nine stroke win. He tossed an 18-under 100 over two rounds. Daniel Polk finished second in Pro Masters 40+.

Shinah Kim also Open Women won by a wide margin at Episode 2 – Attack of the Turtles in Gimhae/Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. Kim averages nearly 87 points above her rating in winning by 22 throws with a 1-over 115. Hyundo Jang placed third in Open.

Keith Gallusser got his second win of the year in Clarksville, Ind., at the SLM Warm Up. Gallusser had the hot score in both rounds en route to a 10-under 110 and a four stroke margin.

Clayton Morgan and Jamie Pay traded places in Ontario, Canada over the weekend. Morgan won the Ontario Flex Tour – Paris event on Saturday, with Pay finishing in a tie for third. Morgan posted a 3-under 51 in the only round. At the Ontario Flex Tour – Brantford event on Sunday, Pay was the one who finished on top and Morgan finished in a third place tie. Pay shot an 11-under 44.

James Tropp took first in Amateur Masters 40+ at the Bryant Parks and Recreation Flying Disc Festival in Arkansas. His even-par 110 total was two ahead of second.

Tournament Player - Finish
Beaver State Fling Seppo Paju - 2nd
Kevin Jones - T-11th

Catrina Allen - 2nd (FPO)
SLM Warm Up 🏆 Keith Gallusser – 1st
Ontario Flex Tour – Paris 🏆 Clayton Morgan – 1st
Jamie Pay - T-3rd
Ontario Flex Tour – Brantford 🏆 Jamie Pay - 1st
Clayton Morgan - T-3rd
The Heritage Park Open in Belton 🏆 G.T. Hancock - 1st
Northern Lights Disc Golf Experience 🏆Ben Kroll - 1st

Daniel Polk - 2nd (MP40)
Episode 2 - Attack of the Turtles 🏆 Shinah Kim - 1st (FPO)

Hyundo Jang - 3rd
Bryant Parks and Recreation Flying Disc Festival 🏆 James Tropp - 1st (MA40)
14th Iron Lion Safari Jesse Kirk - T-3rd
Baked Potato Open XXIII Matt Jackson - 3rd
Josh Flynn - 6th
West Texas Experience IV Nick Rowton - T-2nd
Birdy @ Basil Bobby Jones - 2nd
Blue Ribbon Pines Doubles Matty Thorpe - 3rd (Int)
Tyrel Wilding - 3rd (Int)
Spoonwood Classic Gage Benson - T-7th