The Innova Blue Ridge Championship recently wrapped up, delivering an exciting mix of surprises, upsets, and stellar performances. In this recap, we’ll explore the highlights and memorable moments from this disc golf event, spotlighting the incredible skills of the competing players and illustrating the unpredictable nature of the tournament.
This year’s Blue Ridge Championship was rife with surprises, upsets, and outstanding performances. Gannon Buhr’s victory from the chase card was a remarkable highlight, marking his second win of the season. Despite not leading into the final round, Buhr managed to emerge victorious, showcasing his exceptional skills.
Interestingly, this marks the fourth time this year that a player has claimed the MPO (Mixed Pro Open) winner from the chase card. This trend, prevalent throughout the season, serves as a reminder that anything can happen in the final round.
On the other hand, the Innova Blue Ridge Championship saw disappointment for Calvin Heimburg. After a hot streak of five consecutive podium finishes in prior tournaments, Heimburg ended up in fourth place, breaking his streak. Despite this setback, Heimburg remains one of the world’s top players, certain to bounce back in future competitions.
Other players, like Brodie Smith, made impressive strides during the event. Smith climbed an astonishing 57 places to make cash, tying him with Sam Michaels for the second most spots gained in the final round of an MPO Major, Elite, or Silver event. This achievement speaks to Smith’s talent, determination, and the unpredictable nature of disc golf.
Most Spots Gained in the final round of an MPO Major, Elite, or Silver:— StatMando (@statmando) April 17, 2023
65 Paul Oman '19 Ledge. (42nd)
57 Brodie Smith '23 Blue Ridge (39th)
57 Sam Michaels '18 GBO (98th)
53 Charlie Beal '05 USDGC (74th)
52 Anthony Barela '19 Ledge. (39th)
52 Kyle Webster '17 GBO (48th) https://t.co/yvX42DzioI
The Innova Blue Ridge Championship was an exhilarating and unpredictable event that showcased some of the world’s most skilled players. Both seasoned pros and newcomers to disc golf can learn from these competitions and appreciate the potential for upsets or surprise victories. As the sport continues to expand and evolve, it will be thrilling to witness the future of disc golf and its dedicated players. Whether you’re spectating or competing, disc golf is an exciting and gratifying sport offering something for everyone. So, why not pick up a disc and discover where your skills can take you?