Weekend Roundup: Van Dyken Ties for Second, Allen Fifth at USWDGC


Article by Idris Garcia

Two courses at Burchfield Park in Lansing, Mich., played host the the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships last weekend, where Vanessa Van Dyken and Catrina Allen posted top-5 finishes.

Vanessa Van Dyken finished T-2nd at the 2018 USWDGC. Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen

Vanessa Van Dyken finished T-2nd at the 2018 USWDGC. Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen

Van Dyken leapt onto the lead card with a 1016-rated second round, which was four throws better than anyone in the field, and tied eventual champion Paige Piece for the hot round on the last day to bring her four round total to a 15-under par 248.

During the last round, she followed a bogey on 15 with a turkey through 18 and pushed Pierce all the way to the finish, matching her shot-for-shot through the last three holes of the 21-hole layout of Renegades Trail. The 987-rated effort put her in a second place tie, just two strokes from first.

Catrina Allen, tied for 5th, at the 2018 USWDGC. Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen

Catrina Allen, tied for 5th, at the 2018 USWDGC. Photo by Alyssa Van Lanen

Catrina Allen also turned in a strong performance to finish in a tie for fifth. Allen bookended the tournament with her best rounds to start and finish the event on the way to a 9-under par 254 total. She had a nice birdie run of her own, getting four in a row from holes 17-20 to finish the round on a high note and secure her spot in the top five.

Matt Orum kept his reign of Southern Nationals events going with a win at the Wall Doxey Rumble in the Jungle in Mississippi. The win in Holly Springs adds to the several singles and doubles wins in Southern Nationals events on top of his impressive PDGA sanctioned resume this season.

Josh Flynn claimed his home state crown at the Idaho State Championship in Rupert. Flynn bested 29 other competitors by averaging a whopping 45 points over his rating and shooting two rounds rated 1030-plus. He finished with a 42-under par 207 over four rounds, which was seven throws ahead of second.

Sam Shiley picked up a win Saturday in Leesburg, Va., at The Brent Anderson Memorial. He tossed a 5-under par 58 in the one round event to take the victory.

Super-teen Gannon Buhr keeps winning in Advanced, this time taking the GVCCC title in Ankeny, Iowa. He started hot with a 1021-opening round and cruised from there to a 24-under par 103 over two rounds. It was Buhr’s fifth win in a row, and he won by ten throws.

The formidable father-son duo of Billy Ray and Adam Osborn both got wins in Reedsville Ohio at the Ohio River Open. Billy Ray took down Advanced, while Adam got his first Intermediate win.

Bobby Jones took his second win in a row at the Central New York Championships in Canastota. Logan Weiss added a win at the 18th Annual Late Summer Fest @ P.A. Davis Park in Lafayette, La.

In unsanctioned action, Daniel Polk won the MDS-Lakewood and Mitch Privette finished in a tie for fourth.

Michael Gibney and Patrick Christie picked up doubles wins over the weekend. Gibney partnered with Street Teamer Ryan Vann to win the Wally Free Doubles for the second straight year. Christie won the Judson Mine Pit Doubles Course Opener.

Tournament Player - Finish
United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship Vanessa Van Dyken - T-2nd
Catrina Allen - T-5th
Rumble in the Jungle 🏆 Matt Orum - 1st
Idaho State Championship 🏆 Josh Flynn - 1st
18th Annual Late Summer Fest @ P.A. Davis Park 🏆 Logan Weiss - 1st
The Brent Anderson Memorial 🏆 Sam Shiley - 1st
GVCCC 🏆 Gannon Buhr - 1st (Adv)
Central New York Championships 🏆 Bobby Jones - 1st (MP50+)
Ohio River Open 🏆 Billy Ray Osborn - 1st (Adv)

🏆 Adam Osborn - 1st (Int)
MDS-Lakewood 🏆 Daniel Polk - 1st
Mitch Privette - T-4th
Judson Mine Pit Doubles Course Opener 🏆 Patrick Christie - 1st
Wally Free Doubles 🏆 Michael Gibney - 1st
Airstrike at The Arsenal Dan Hastings - 2nd
7th Annual Drew Judycki Memorial Marcos Castillo - 2nd
Gold Vault Open Sam Lee - 2nd
LoCo Open Sam Shiley - 2nd
Augusta Disc Golf Classic Cameron Colglazier - T-3rd
Dutch Napier - 7th
The Colonial Cup Gage Benson - T-3rd
Everyday Fall Open Daniel Polk - 4th
Mitch Privette - 5th
New England Disc Golf Championships Christopher Collette - 5th