WEEKEND ROUNDUP: ALLEN’S DOMINANT FINAL ROUND WINS WACO, PAJU NABS PODIUM SPOT IN MPO
Article by Idris Garcia | Cover Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen
There was no question Catrina Allen would pick up her first signature win of 2019 sooner rather than later. It was only a matter of when.
After two runner-up finishes and a 4th place showing at tour events to start the year, Allen turned in a masterful performance at the Waco Annual Charity Open in Texas. Her 12-under par 189 won the Disc Golf Pro Tour event by five strokes.
Allen started with back-to-back 997-rated performances in the first two rounds and found herself tied at the top. She rose to the occasion with a 5-under par 62 in the third and final round to pace the field. She ultimately pulled away on Brazo East’s back half after remaining tied for the lead all the way until hole 8.
Allen topped the field with a blistering 43 percent birdie rate, which was 12 percentage points higher than second. She also had at least a share of the top spot in circle 1 in regulation, circle 2 in regulation and parked shots.
Seppo Paju also finished with a flourish. His bogey-free 14-under 53 moved him into a third place tie. Paju birdied seven straight holes in the round’s midsection and finished with four more in a row.
He shook off an underwhelming first round with a 1079-rated second round in which he carded three eagles and no bogies to rocket 25 spots up the leaderboard. His third round netted a 1062 rating as he totaled a 35-under 166.
Cameron Colglazier and Kevin Jones also took top-25 finishes. Colglazier finished in 20th, while Jones finished in a tie for 24th
Masters, Robinson Extend Winning Streaks
Nicholas Masters pushed his win streak to four events at the New World Spring Fling in Jacksonville, Fla. Masters pulled double duty over the weekend, also serving as the tournament director.
He tossed an 18-under 117 over two rounds to win by five and shot the hot score in both rounds.
Ezra Robinson ran his streak to three wins, winning the Chattahoochee Pointe Grand Opening in Suwanee, Ga., by six. Robinson came out of the gates blazing with a 1051-rated effort. He avoided any comeback bids by tying for the hot score in round two to total a 20-under 98.
Codee Burton moved up a slot in the second round to finish in third.
Dustin Perry and his partner defended their title at the SC Doubles Championship in Walhalla and Central, S.C. They shot a 45-under 235 total after four rounds to win by two.
Jason Waite clinched the top spot in Pro Masters 40+ at the Wild West Shootout in Port Orchard, Wash., in a playoff. He was tied for first after two rounds with a 1-under 119.
Several team members took home unsanctioned wins, including Chris Dickerson, whose team claimed the Virginia Team Invitational crown. Brandon Robertson (6th Annual Fundraiser for Niners), Matt Jackson (Gem State Winter Series Finale) and Al Kennon (HWY 61 Open) also won unsanctioned events. Bobby Jones won the Shamrock Shindig to three-peat at the event. Sam Castiglione finished second.
|Tournament||Player - Finish|
|Waco Annual Charity Open||🏆 Catrina Allen - 1st (FPO)
Seppo Paju - 3rd
Cameron Colglazier - 20th
Kevin Jones - T-24th
|Chattahoochee Pointe Grand Opening||🏆 Ezra Robinson - 1st
Codee Burton - 3rd
|New World Spring Fling||🏆 Nicholas Masters - 1st|
|SC Doubles Championship - Team||🏆 Dustin Perry - 1st|
|Wild West Shootout||🏆 Jason Waite - 1st (MP40)|
|6th Annual Fundraiser for Niners||🏆 Brandon Robertson - 1st|
|Shamrock Shindig||🏆 Bobby Jones - 1st
🏆 Sam Castiglione - 2nd
|Gem State Winter Series Finale||🏆 Matt Jackson - 1st|
|2019 Virginia Team Invitational||🏆 Chris Dickerson - 1st|
|HWY 61 Open||🏆 Al Kennon - 1st (MP40)|
|Cooper Green||Brandon Brown - 2nd
Austin Lytle - 3rd
Matt Versola - 4th
Dylan Holt - T-8th
|7th Annual Mississippi State Spring Showdown||Jacob Henson - 2nd|