February 23, 2024

WACO FPO Round 2 Recap

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The Wacky WACO tournament continues with round 2 now in the books. While we never saw a lead change, we saw more changes in two through eight than the Dynamic Discs roster this past offseason. The winds were calm during the round allowing players to get aggressive with their lines. With that sense of freedom came a lot of scrambling in the woods and OB strokes. Eight players can claim the hot round of three under par.nn

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nHere are your top ten FPO players after round two:n

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nPlacenMovementnNamenScore
n1n-nEveliina Salonenn-4
nT2n1nOhn Scogginsn-2
nT2n1nValerie Mandujanon-2
nT4n1nKristin Tattarn-1
nT4n1nMacie Velediazn-1
nT4n2nPaige Piercen-1
n7n7nHolly Finleyn+1
n8n3nKat Mertschn+2
nT9n12nMaria Olivan+3
nT9n7nHenna Blomroosn+3
nT9n4nRebecca Coxn+3
nT9n4nHolyn Handleyn+3

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Paige Pierce

nThere is a three-way tie for fourth place. The first player in fourth place we have Paige Pierce (-1). She dropped from second place to fourth place during the round shooting one under par. Pierce started out hot with back-to-back birdies to open her round. The celebrations didn’t last long, on hole three Pierce carded double bogie, failing to scramble and two putting inside circle one. Pierce was able to bring her C1X putting percentage up to 69% from the 43% in round one. She did miss all six of her C2 putts. Pierce battled back and forth with the leader Eveliina Salonen the whole tournament bringing it as close as three strokes to as wide as six strokes before finishing with a three-stroke margin. Pierce will be on the chase card to start the final round. Chase card will tee off at 10:04AM CST.n

Macie Velediaz

nThe second player in fourth place is Macie Velediaz (-1). Velediaz jumped up one spot to fourth place this round shooting a three under par. Velediaz carded only two bogies on the round. They came on back-to-back holes seven and eight where she was unable to scramble on the tricky wooded holes. Like most player today, Velediaz’s putting improved from round one sinking 82% of her C1X putts and going one for five in circle two. She pulled her putting percentage up twenty-five points from round one’s 57%. The times that she was on the live coverage, she as hitting her lines and looking like a serious podium threat in the final round. Chase card will tee off at 10:04AM CST.n

Kristin Tattar

nRounding out the three-way tie for fourth place is Kristin Tattar (-1). Tattar jumped up one spot from fifth place by shooting a three under par today. She is one of the few players that saw a decrease in putting percentage. Tattar dropped eight points to 67% in C1X. Kristin Tattar took the hard way to her three under by carding four bogies, five birdies and an eagle on hole nine. According to UDisc she parked hole 9 and made a 27-foot putt. I think the person on UDisc for the card might have had heat stroke in the balmy 50-degree weather. Either way a three on the 519-foot par 5 is incredibly impressive. If Tattar can get the putter going she can a push for the lead tomorrow. Lead card tees off at 10:20AM CST.n

Valerie Mandujano

nJumping up one spot to take a share of second place is Valerie Mandujano (-2). Mandujano shot three under par to move within two strokes of the lead. Mandujano could only missed two C1X putts all day and hit the fairway 70% of the time on her drives. If Valerie Mandujano kept the disc in bounds, she could have shot a six under par for the round and a tie for first place. But she went OB on hole 14 and into the water on 17 taking a bogey and double bogey respectively. Lead card tees off at 10:20AM CST.n

Ohn Scoggins

nThe other half of the second-place spot belongs to Ohn Scoggins (-2). She also shot a three under par to jump up the one spot to second place. Scoggins’s putter was clutch when she needed it; making big C2 putts when she needed it on holes one and eleven. The only taking one OB stroke kept her in the hunt for first place in the final round. Lead card tees off at 10:20AM CST.n

Eveliina Salonen

nSitting in first place after round two is Eveliina Salonen (-4). She started out strong on the first 10 holes, going three under par and making a C1X putt. From hole eleven through eighteen, Salonen’s score car became schizophrenic. Carding one triple bogey, one double bogey, one bogey, one par, and four birdies. Her C1X putting technically improved from round one going from 0% to 25%. She had a lot of tap ins on both day but tanked her putting percentage by four putting hole 15 from inside C1 and going OB twice on 17 to take the triple. Eveliina Salonen’s putting woes began to affect her drives and approaches. If she can’t turn things around and find a shred of confidence in the circle, I don’t foresee a victory at Waco; unless she parks every hole like in round one and eliminates putting from the equation. Lead card tees off at 10:20AM CST.n

Round 3

nThe forecast is a mixed bag for the competitors on Sunday. The predicted high is in the upper 60’s but the wind is predicted to increase to 20mph with gusts even higher. With the chaos we saw in round one, its still anyone’s tournament to win in the final round. The final round is going to have fireworks and I for one cannot wait to watch it. Because of daylight savings time the tournament and coverage will start one hour later than the last two days. Coverage will begin on Disc Golf Network at 10AM CST.nn

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