Las Vegas Challenge 2022 FPO Final Round Recap
Talk about an exciting finish to the Las Vegas Challenge in the Women’s division! Going into the final round Catrina Allen and Paige Pierce were tied in first with Kristin Tattar just one stroke back. Eveliina Salonen rounded out the lead card in the final round.
Right off the bat Paige Pierce took a one stroke lead on an errant throw by Allen. Unfortunately, Tattar and Salonen were unable to capitalize on the mistake. By hole three Pierce made an unfortunate mistake throwing OB and taking a bogey to Allen’s birdie. With that the roles reversed, and Allen jumped to a one stroke lead over Pierce. Things kept bouncing back and forth the entire round. When Pierce made a mistake Allen jumped on the opportunity and when Allen made a mistake Pierce jumped all over it. You could not ask for a better fight from these two longtime competitors.
Here is your 5th through 10th place finishers:
Finishing in fourth place and having an excellent round is Hailey King (-22). She shot an eight under par with taking only three pars all day. King’s aggressive play led her to four bogeys with six total OB strokes. Two of those coming on the 18th hole where she attempted a few hero shots to put pressure on Kristin Tattar who was only ahead by a stroke when King teed off on eighteen. She made two of her three circle two putts and had an average day in C1X with only hitting 63% of her putts.
Finishing the Las Vegas Challenge in third place is Kristin Tattar (-25). She started out slow carding three pars to start her round. Her birdie putts were coming in low until hole four where she carded her first birdie and hole five where she had a solid eagle putt. Unfortunately, she wiped out those gains with a bogey and double bogey on the next two holes. Like King, Tattar had issues with Ob finding herself outside the lines five times during the final round. She didn’t make a single circle two putt but managed to go 71% from C1X. she shot two strokes worse than round 2 finishing the round with a five under par.
Taking home second place is Paige Pierce. She had her moments where she looked like the confident Paige Pierce that don’t take no stuff from no one. However, she also had her moments of doubt throughout the round. Notably on hole seven when she went OB twice but found her confidence with a 49-footer. She found herself OB five times though out the round, two of those being on hole seven. Her putting was an average 63% from C1X. Despite all that, Pierce had a great round shooting the second hottest score with an eight under par. Alas, her aggressive play was her downfall fall when she went for the hero shot on 18 to put the pressure on Catrina Allen only to end up in the water on the left of the fairway. Paige Piece qualified for the Throw Pink Women’s Disc Golf Championship by taking second at the Las Vegas Challenge.
Taking down the 2022 Las Vegas Challenge, qualifying for the Throw Pink Women’s Disc Golf Championship, and winning the First Disc Golf Pro Tour event of 2022 is Catrina Allen (-30). As it was stated in the intro, the back and forth between Pierce and Allen never fails to disappoint. Allen was able to take home the win because of several factors including keeping the disc in-bounds, going 50% from circle 2, and parking her disc 50% of the time. Catrina Allen, Ella Hansen, and Missy Gannon all shot the hot round at nine under par for the day. Allen’s play during the final round of the Las Vegas Challenge could only be described as her signature steady style. Going into hole 18 with her and Pierce tied, she was able to play it safe and force Pierce to make the decision to go for it or lay-up. Ultimately, she forced Pierce to go for it and make a mistake securing her victory over Pierce.
Waco Annual Charity Open
The final round of the FPO Las Vegas Challenge was an exciting round to watch. The action picks up on March 11th at the Waco Annual Charity Open in Waco, Texas. At the time of writing tee times have not been published. Based on previous years and Disc Golf Network Coverage, I would expect the live Coverage to begin at 9am Central/10Eastern.