In 2011, Ricky Wysocki picked up one of his career’s first big victories at the PDGA Championships held at the International Disc Golf Center. This weekend, Wysocki picked up another win at the IDGC — and his second NT victory of the year — when he fought off the rain and other top golfers for the first place finish at the 2013 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic.
The first round of the HOFC was highlighted by some very familiar names at the top of the leaderboard. Wysocki was one of three golfers at 14-under-par at the end of the first day of action. Joining Wysocki was Garrett Gurthie and Ken Climo. Climo moved from the Masters division to join his Open counterparts for this weekend’s action. After the first day, it was clear Climo could still hang with the young guns. Nikko Locastro kept pace with the leaders and was just one shot behind at 13-under-par.
Mother Nature wanted to see how things were at the IDGC on Saturday and decided to stick around. Rain was a factor for most of the afternoon’s two rounds (round two and three). After round two, Locastro was able to snag a two shot lead over Wysocki and Gurthie. Climo was three back of the leader, while Dave Feldberg was four behind.
The rain continued for round three and made the course quite muddy and the tee pads very slick. Wysocki was able to take the lead back after the second round of the day shooting a 55. Locastro’s 58 put him just one shot back heading into the final round. Gurthie kept things close with a 57 and was just two throws behind Wysocki.
The fourth and final round was highlighted by a very fast start for Wysocki. Wysocki birdied his first seven holes and eight of the first nine as he started to put the wraps on his second PDGA National Tour win of the year. Locastro tried to keep things close, but in the end, Wysocki had it locked up in plenty of time.
Locastro finished four shots behind Wysocki for second place as Feldberg took third. Gurthie took home a fourth place finish as Matt Dollar rounded out the top five.
Simply put, the women’s side of the HOFC was the Sarah Cunningham show, but you wouldn’t have known that after the first day of play. Round one saw Sarah Hokom jump out to a four shot lead over Cunningham and Des Reading. In round two, Hokom struggled as she shot a score 17 shots higher than her first round result. This is where Cunningham took over and never looked back.
Cunningham shot the hot round by three shots in round two, five shots in round three, and two shots in the final round. When added up at the end of play, Cunningham was three shots under par for the tournament. This was enough for her to score a 15 shot victory over second place finisher Reading.
Elaine King finished third, three shots behind Reading. Courtney McCoy and Hokom rounded out the top five.[divider style=”full-dotted”/]
The PDGA National Tour takes a few weeks off until the Discraft Great Lakes Open starting on May 31 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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