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Pickin' Apart Pickard

2024 DGPT - Des Moines Challenge — Round 1 Recap

Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 00:38

Pickard Park demands a lot of things with its mix of open and technical shots.

It also requires finishing strong on the daunting 17th and 18th holes.

Full Scores & Stats on PDGA Live

If Friday's opening round of the 2024 Disc Golf Pro Tour — Trubank Des Moines Challenge Presented by DGA is any indication, it could very well come down to the final two holes.

Both leaders — Matthew Orum in MPO and Haily King in FPO — after the first of three rounds in Iowa capped off their rounds clean and lead a tightly-packed field entering the weekend.

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Orum executed a daunting upshot on the 18th for birdie to close out one of just two bogey-free rounds for a 9-under, 1066-rated opening round and a one-stroke lead.

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Raven Newsom and Braeden Sides are one stroke back at 8-under and Colten Montgomery rounds out the lead card at 7-under — one of 10 players to hit that mark on Friday.

It's just as tight in FPO as King (-6) carded a birdie — one of just five in the field — on 18 for a one-stroke lead over Ohn Scoggins. Alexis Mandujano and Natalie Ryan round out Saturday's lead card at 3-under, three strokes back of King.

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Eliezra Midtlyng, also at 3-under, leads the chase card, with four players a 2-under par.

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Many names appeared a the top of the leaderboard throughout the opening round but holes 17 and 18 — the two toughest holes on the day for both divisions — proved that it's going to come down to the very end come Sunday in Iowa.

Round 2 on the Disc Golf Network

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