Weekend Roundup: Orum Crowned Southern Nationals Champion, Allen Finishes Strong at San Francisco Open

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: ORUM CROWNED SOUTHERN NATIONALS CHAMPION, ALLEN FINISHES STRONG AT SAN FRANCISCO OPEN

Article by Idris Garcia | Cover Photo by DGPT

Matt Orum has stayed close to his roots in the South, so far, and it is paying dividends. His win at the Southern Nationals Pro Championships in Monroe, La., marked his fourth PDGA sanctioned win of the year—and third in a row—to go with a pair of Southern Nationals wins.

Orum has yet to finish outside of third in 2018 and marched to the Southern Nationals title with a 26-under par 167. Fellow Alabama native Cameron Colglazier remained right on Orum’s heels and finished in a tie for second with a 23-under par 170 over three rounds and a final nine. Michael Gibney’s seventh place showing qualified him for his first career United States Disc Golf Championship in October. Jerimie Gates rounded out the top-10 in a tie. 

After a long hiatus, the Disc Golf Pro Tour returned in California with the inaugural San Francisco Open, where Catrina Allen continued her recent run of strong performances, including a second place finish at a National Tour event and a win during the Women’s Global Event.

Allen tossed the hot round to wrap the event and vault herself into a second place tie at a 5-under par 193. Vanessa Van Dyken finished eight with a 6-over par 204. Seppo Paju led the way in Open Men, jumping up into a tie for 19th in the final round. Cameron Sheehan finished 22nd.

Todd Bagwell and Harper Thompson lit up the second round of the Cedar Hill Classic in Nashville, Tenn., to win their respective divisions. Bagwell used a 1037-rated final round to gift himself a five stroke win on his birthday. He finished with a 19-under par 106 and had the top score in both rounds. Tray Desnoyer finished seventh.

Thompson’s 1046-rated second round erased a six stroke deficit after the first round and led to a two stroke win in Advanced. His blazing round was the low score by seven throws, and he finished with a 9-under par 116.

Ben Kroll had a great second round of his own at the Bemidji Open to win by seven. Kroll ran away with the Bemidji, Minn., event with a 1057-rated final round. He finished with a 24-under par 102.

Cale Leiviska and Patrick Christie tied for third with matching 15-under par 111s. Kroll added a fourth place finish at Mayhem on the Mountain in Superior, Wisc.

Mitch Privette got his first win of the year in St. Paul, Minn., at the TEEBOXX OPEN. His steady performance led to a 12-under par 108 and a seven stroke win over two rounds.

Cooper Legee’s 21-under par 195 at the 2018 Firefly Hollow Open in Bristol, Conn., put him atop the podium. Legee’s steady performance over three rounds and a final nine put him ahead by five throws.

Manabu Kajiyama took down The 20th Nippon Open in Fukui City, Fukui, Japan. Yutaro Sakai finished in fourth at the event.

Bobby Jones picked up a win in Pro Masters 50+ at The 13th Annual Great Chili Cookout in Chili, N.Y. Jones shut the door on the competition in the final round with a 1049-rated effort. His 27-under par 229 total put him 10 strokes clear of second place.

Tournament Player - Finish
Southern Nationals Pro Championships 🏆 Matt Orum – 1st
Cameron Colglazier – 2nd
Michael Gibney – T-7th
Jerimie Gates – 10th
Cedar Hill Classic 🏆 Todd Bagwell – 1st
Tray Desnoyer – 7th

🏆 Harper Thompson – 1st (Adv)
Bemidji Open 🏆 Ben Kroll – 1st
Cale Leiviska – T-3rd
Patrick Christie – T-3rd
The 20th Nippon Open 🏆 Manabu Kajiyama – 1st
Yutaro Sakai – 4th
Firefly Hollow Open 🏆 Cooper Legee – 1st
The 13th Annual Great Chili Cookout 🏆 Bobby Jones – 1st (MPM 50+)
TEEBOXX OPEN 🏆 Mitch Privette – 1st
San Francisco Open Catrina Allen – 2nd (FPO)
Vanessa Van Dyken – 8th (FPO)

Seppo Paju – T-19th
Mountain Disc Golf Experience Austin Lytle – 2nd
Dan Hastings – T-3rd
Nicholas Masters – 7th
Dylan Holt – T-8th
Two Days in May Chris Dickerson – 2nd
40th Annual Norman Pro/Am Jacob Henson – 3rd
ODSA Flex Tour – Green Lane Jamie Pay – 3rd
Mayhem on the Mountain Ben Kroll – 4th
Memorial Day Bash Nick Snelling – 4th