Team Innova has Seven Top Ten Finishes
The Disc Golf Pro Tour was in Waco, Texas last weekend for the 2023 Waco Annual Charity Open. Team Innova had players on the podium in both FPO and MPO. We had seven top ten finishes between the two divisions, as well as a host of impressive statistics and Team highlights.
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Back-to-Back Elite Series Podiums for Heimburg
Coming off a win at the Las Vegas Challenge, Calvin Heimburg returned to the pro tour last weekend looking ready to win back to back Elite Series events. Calvin was in the conversation up until the last few holes of the final round. He finished the event in 3rd place, moving himself into 1st position in DGPT Points Standings for 2023. Calvin led the field in Parked Percentage, hitting the bullseye for birdie on one third of his shots. He also led the field in C2 Hits and was 2nd in Birdie Percentage.
Calvin started his tournament off with one of the best rounds for the weekend at -11. His 72-foot putt to save birdie on hole 4 in that round made a big statement early that Calvin was pressing for the win.
Nate Sexton took 9th place at the 2022 Waco Annual Charity Open. He led the field in Scramble Percentage. As you would expect, Sexton played smart, well-executed disc golf, only taking two bogies for the entire event.
Joel Freeman got his final round off to a truly unbelievable start, shooting 9 down through the first 8 holes. He went on to have a 1076 rated, -12 round, with 14 under par strokes. With that round, Joel jumped 23 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 10th place. On back to back days, Joel Freeman managed to Eagle the difficult hole 7 with massive drives that landed in Circle One.
Bradley Williams finished in a tie for 10th as well. In the second round, Bradley had one of the biggest highlights of the event, a 111 foot throw-in for birdie on hole 10.
Paul Oman took 13th place, his best Elite Series finish since 2021. He started his tournament off with a -10. In that first round, Paul’s C2 putt to save par on hole 14 was one of the best moments of the weekend.
Scoggins Can Do More Than Just Putt
Ohn Scoggins finished in 3rd place at the Waco Annual Charity Open, this time fighting her way onto the podium with her impressive driving, more than the world-class putting she has become known for. She was 3rd in the field in Strokes Gained Tee to Green. In the second round, Ohn took Eagle on the difficult hole 9, one of just four players last weekend to do so.
In 2022, Ohn led the FPO in putting statistics by a wide margin. Seeing her make the podium with only a decent putting performance this past weekend bodes well for Ohn taking down some big wins this season. With the way she has been throwing the disc, once she finds her putting rhythm, Ohn Scoggins will be hard to stop.
Hailey King took 5th place last weekend. She ended her tournament with an Eagle, landing her drive in Circle One on the 468-foot, hole 18. She was the only woman in the field to pick up that Eagle. On the same hole, less than 1 in 5 of the men managed to card a 2.
Kat Mertsch took her first Top Ten finish of the season, finishing in a tie for 8th place. She shot a -5 in the second round that launched her 15 spots up the leaderboard.
Juliana Korver is back again in 2023 and is showing that she still has what it takes to compete at the top level. She finished in a tie for 14th. She led the field in Parked Percentage and finished 2nd in Fairway Hit percentage. Henna Blomroos finished in a tie for 14th as well.
The Open at Austin
Calvin Heimburg is yet to miss a Pro Tour podium in 2023. Ohn Scoggins has shown that she can both drive and putt at the top level. We have a deep roster of players in both divisions ready to break away from the field and prove themselves. Team Innova is planning to keep our hot start to 2023 going in the coming events.
Next weekend, the Pro Tour will be in Austin, Texas, one of the greatest cities for disc golf in the country. The Open at Austin is a new Elite Series event this year, taking place at The Open course at Harvey Penick Golf Campus. Tune in to the Disc Golf Network to catch the action live and check in at Innovadiscs.com for Team Innova Highlights.