When It All Comes Together
Jennifer Allen stepped up to Milo McIver, Hole One, final day, lead card, and ripped her Tour Series Teebird straight into the heart of the chains. From that moment on, we could all feel that this was Jen’s weekend.
She went on to shoot the hot final round at -8 to earn the 2023 Beaver State Fling title. Though Jen is a two-time PDGA Major winner, this was her first Disc Golf Pro Tour victory. She has called the win the greatest moment of her career.
In the MPO, Calvin Heimburg had yet another podium finish, landing in a tie for 2nd place. This is Calvin’s 7th DGPT podium of the season, further cementing him as the DGPT Points leader for the year.
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About Milo McIver
As you enter the forest of massive, old-growth trees at Milo McIver State Park, everything other than disc golf and the awe-inspiring scenery around you seems to disappear. A perfect combination of wooded and open fairways tests every shot shape, from rollers, to backhand bombs, to flex forehands. It is obvious to see why players are so enchanted with the Beaver State Fling. This year, the BSF featured a brand new championship level course, combining the two permanent courses on the Milo McIver property. The new layout is a mix of favorite holes from years past, as well as combined holes creating epic par 4s and 5s down the stretch.
A New Course Record, An Epic Ace, and Jennifer Allen’s First DGPT Victory
In a nail-biting, back-and-forth duel against competitor Holyn Handley, Innova Team Captain, Jennifer Allen emerged as the 2023 Beaver State Fling Champion. Jen won the event with accurate distance off-the-tee and solid execution on the green. She set a course record on Day two with a scorching -10, and was able to back that up with a hot final round of -8 to secure the win.
Jennifer Allen and Holyn Handley had run away from the field by the start of the final round and continued to pull farther ahead as the round went on. A battle between the old guard and the new, both competitors were playing lights out disc golf at the top of their game. But the Veteran Jen Allen showed up determined to seize her moment. After acing Hole 1, Jen went on to birdie the next three holes to put herself five strokes under par through four holes.
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That statement of a start still didn’t scare off Holyn Handley, who managed to close the gap to one stroke with four to play. Jen stayed cool under the pressure of the final few holes, matching Holyn shot for shot down the stretch. On Hole 18, instead of laying up and tapping out for the win, Jen sunk a 20 footer as a final display of confidence to herself.
Jennifer Allen led the Beaver State Fling in Strokes Gained Tee to Green, C1 Hits in Regulation, C2 Hits in Regulation, and Birdie Percentage. She was 2nd in Parked percentage and the only player in the field to card an ace. She averaged over 1000-rated disc golf through the three round event. Her win moves her up into 9th place of the UDisc World Rankings.
Jen is one of the hardest working, most-deserving players on Tour. She was made Innova Team Captain because she is a role model. Her attitude towards the game, commitment to practice, and good sportsmanship are traits we want every member of Team Innova to embody. She is a fan-favorite and favorite amongst her peers on Tour. Her first cash at a PDGA event was in 2000. Now, 23 years later, she takes down her first DGPT event. Congratulations Jen! It is always a treat to see someone so beloved get their first big win on Tour.
FPO in the Top 10
Ohn Scoggins finished in a tie for 4th place at the 2023 Beaver State Fling. She led the field in C1x putting and currently sits in 3rd of the UDisc World Rankings. Kat Mertsch landed in a tie for 6th. She was 3rd in the field in C2 Hits in Regulation and Strokes Gained Putting. This is Kat’s fourth top ten finish in a row, moving her into 7th place of the DGPT Points Standings.
Another Weekend, Another Podium
For those who thought Calvin Heimburg would have a mid-season slump, think again. Week after week, Calvin finds himself in the hunt for the win. At last weekend’s Beaver State Fling, Calvin secured yet another podium finish, tying for 2nd place. That is Calvin’s 7th podium of the season, a statistic no other MPO player can even close to match. He has not finished outside of the top ten of a Pro Tour event so far this year.
Calvin led the field in Strokes Gained Tee to Green, C1 Hits in Regulation, C2 Hits in Regulation, and was 2nd in the field in Birdie percentage. For the 2023 season as a whole, Calvin leads the Pro Tour in Fairway Hits, C1 and C2 Hits in Regulation, and Precise Power Index (a measure of accuracy at long distances). He remains the number one ranked player in the world on UDisc and Statmando, and leads the DGPT Points standings by a massive margin.
2023 Tim Selinske Masters and Cascade Challenge
Next weekend the Disc Golf Pro Tour will be in Washington State for the 2023 Cascade Challenge, a new DGPT Silver event taking place May 26-28 at the Shelton Springs Disc Golf Course in Shelton, WA. At the same time, the Masters players will be heading to Eugene, Oregon for the 2023 Tim Selinske Masters presented by Innova, an age-protected Major Championship.
Visit Innovadiscs.com to read about Jennifer Allen, Ohn Scoggins, and the rest of Innova’s Masters players at the 2023 Tim Selinske Masters. Catch the Cascade Challenge live on the Disc Golf Network starting this Friday.