The first round of the FPO Champions Cup is in the books. Plenty of women would love to have another chance at a few holes today. Not a single competitor was able to go bogey free for the entire round. A big congratulations to Holly Finley (-4), Hailey King (-4), and Sarah Hokom (-2) who managed only one bogey on the round. Holly Finley and Hailey King both shot the hot round of the day at a 4 under par.
Watching the coverage today it was clear that staying on the fairway was key and having a solid scramble game would come in clutch. Paige Pierce (E) was struggling to find the fairway today. She started out the round with a triple bogey. She hit a tree halfway down the fairway on her drive then hit first available and first available before getting to the basket. The frustration was visible for the rest of the round. Pierce attempted to overcompensate and try to get all the strokes back in a few holes. She was able to recompose herself on the back nine carding four birdies to bring her back down to even. She is four strokes out of the lead which she can easily get back in round two. Paige pierce is in a six-way tie for eleventh place.
Catrina Allen (E) is also in the mix for the six-way tie for eleventh place. Allen could not get anything going on the front nine getting only one birdie on hole eight. She did take a double on eleven but was able to claw her way back up to even on the round. Just like Paige Pierce she is only four strokes out of the lead.
Kristin Tattar (-3) was the only player on the feature card to make it onto the lead card for round two. her lines were clean today but she wasn’t able to get herself in great birdie position. She carded three birdies and one eagle on the day negating the two bogies she took during the round. Tattar’s eagle came on hole eighteen where she made a sixty-foot C2 putt.
The biggest story of round one is Eveliina Salonen’s putting. She was able to go 70% from C1X with ten attempts. She was 85% from C1 making 18 of 21 putts. Unfortunately, she teed off early enough in the day where there was no coverage. So, at this time we don’t know if she changed something with her putting form or spent the last few weeks just repping putts in the backyard.
One thing everyone on the lead card had in common, was keeping the disc in the fairway. One of the keys to scoring well on WR Jackson is keeping the disc in play. Once the disc is off the fairway, par is typically the best-case scenario. It’ll be exciting to see how these ladies perform on coverage tomorrow and how Eveliina Salonen’s putting has improved.