WEEKEND ROUNDUP: PAJU GETS FIRST WIN, DICKERSON AND ORUM STAY STEADY, TEAM ASL PRODIGY PLAYS WELL
Article by Idris Garcia
Seppo Paju was off to a solid start in 2018 but knew his season could get even better. Paju took nearly a month off of tournament play after the Jonesboro Open in early April to train and hone his skills on the course.
It paid dividends as he picked up his first win of the year at The Challenge at Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, Calif. His 1049-rated jump started a 24-under par 108 total for two rounds. Paju did not let up in round two, launching a 1041-rated round to secure the three stroke win. Paul Ulibarri came in fourth with an 18-under par 114.
Finally got my first win of 2018. After few weeks of training my game feels great and I took down first place at the Goat Hill Challenge. I enjoyed this weekend so much because I got to play with great people at a great course, in gorgeous weather. There was some wind (bit of a under statement) but regardless it was the best! Thank you to the tournament staff and the San Diego disc golf community. Special thanks to Vanessa for being by my side and supporting me 💜 Next up Masters Cup in Santa Cruz 😍 Scores in bio. Photo: Keihla Frear @prodigydisc @prodigydisceurope @prodigystore.eu
Chris Dickerson dominated the 33rd Lakefront Open in Kingsport, Tenn., for his 12th win of the year. The Tennessee native tossed a 47-under par 144, buoyed by a 1058-rated first round. He shot the low score in all three rounds—tying with one other competitor in round two—to win by 17 throws.
Jeremy Farnsworth also turned in an impressive performance at the DDGA Central Open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, winning by 23 strokes. Farnsworth had the best score in all three rounds during the two-day Deaf Disc Golf Association event. Included was a scorching 1071-rated first round which paved the way for a 33-under par 142 total.
Other members of Team ASL Prodigy added nice finishes of their own. Fletch Kuehne’s 8-under par 167 landed him in third, and Benjamin Lewis was five strokes back in fourth. Robin Johnson was the only competitor in Pro Masters 40+ but his score would have put him fifth in Open Men. Eric Hamlow won Amateur Masters 40+ with a 13-over par 188.
Cody Bradshaw won the Tour de Richmond in Richmond, Va., shooting a 29-under par 181 over the course of three rounds and a final nine. He continued his teammates’ trend of first round success, posting a 1057-rated effort. He also had the low score in the third round to help secure a two stroke win.
Michael Habets had an eventful weekend, winning the Amesbury Pines Open XXII in Amesbury, Mass., and finishing in a three-way tie for second at the 5th Annual Pioneer Valley Classic in Northampton, Mass.
Habets finished with a 12-under par 96 in Amesbury to win by three. The day before, in Northampton, he shot a 7-under par 104 to finish just one throw short of first.
Delany Thomas got his second win in a row in the Advanced Division at Conquer the Bear in Hickory, N.C. His steady performance over two rounds led to an 8-under par 109 and a three stroke margin over second.
In unsanctioned action, Matt Orum continued to find success, winning the Blue Angel Spring Classic. Orum was followed by teammate Cameron Colglazier in second. Street Team member Steven Smith finished third and Michael Gibney finished fourth. Dylan Hunn added an 8th place finish.
Joshua Seeley won the Maine Disc Golf Tour Stop No. 3, beating out 132 other competitors.
|Tournament||Player - Finish|
|The Challenge @ Goat Hill Park||🏆 Seppo Paju - 1st
Paul Ulibarri - 4th
|Deaf DDGA Central Open DCO18||🏆 Jeremy Farnsworth - 1st
Fletch Kuehne - 3rd
Ben Lewis - 4th
🏆 Robin Johnson - 1st (MP40)
🏆 Eric Hamlow - 1st (AM40)
|Blue Angel Spring Classic||🏆 Matt Orum - 1st
Cameron Colglazier - 2nd
Michael Gibney - 4th
Dylan Hunn - 8th
|Amesbury Pines Open XXII||🏆 Michael Habets - 1st
Christopher Collette - T 3rd
|33rd Lakefront Open||🏆 Chris Dickerson - 1st|
|Tour De Richmond||🏆 Cody Bradshaw - 1st|
|Maine Disc Golf Tour Stop #3||🏆 Joshua Seeley - 1st|
|Conquer the Bear||🏆 Delany Thomas - 1st (Adv)|
|Earth Day at Bethel University||Patrick Christie - T 2nd
Daniel Polk - T 5th
Tommy Locke - T 5th
Cale Leiviska - 6th
|Wheat City Throwdown VII||D.J. Gilbert - 2nd
Cameron Messerschmidt - 4th
|The Christie Lake Spring Fling||Ragna Bygde Lewis - 2nd (FPO)
Sam Castiglione - 6th
Clayton Morgan - T 10th
|The Dogwood Classic||Jacob Henson - 2nd
Tray Desnoyer - 3rd
|Wilkes County Bag Tag Extravaganza||Delany Thomas - 2nd|
|Spring Runoff||Noah Higgins - T 2nd|
|5th Annual Pioneer Valley Classic||Michael Habets - T 2nd|
|The 1st Gifu Hirugano Open||Yutaro Sakai - 3rd|
|2018 Barfield Open||Nicholas Masters - 3rd|
|31st Annual Buddha Tree||Ryan Dickson - 3rd|
|Disc for Darts||Tony Martinez - T 3rd|
|Nick Hyde Memorial||Catrina Allen - 4th (FPO)
Melody Waibel - 7th (FPO)
|2018 PDGA Tim Selinske US Masters Championship||Billy Ray Osborn - 7th (AM50)|