Waco Annual Charity Open 2017: Round One Highlights

Some of the best shots from Thursday.

The first round of the Waco Annual Charity Open served put plenty of great shots for our viewing pleasure. Let’s follow along with both the men’s and women’s round one feature cards and take a look at some of the best shots from yesterday.

The field starts play each round on hole 7 to play the more open front nine to end each round. That means they had to tackle the tricky, wooded back nine early in the round. Here’s Simon Lizotte recovering after his throw from the tee got knocked down early on hole 12:

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90-foot birdie putts are a great way to get out of trouble. Lizotte was at it again a few holes later, dropping another birdie putt from the trees on hole 15:

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Hole 16 was easy fare for Lisa Fajkus. Here she is navigating the fairway and carding a birdie from 40 feet:

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Sometimes, even when you’re the defending world champion it’s tough to get inside 60 feet with a look for birdie, especially on fairways that are this tight. But Ricky Wysocki can drain putts from anywhere — 75 footers are no problem:

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Paige Pierce didn’t have to make any putts from outside of the circle to card a 1013 round. Here she is parking hole 17 and making a short, uphill putt:

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Moving out of the woods and onto the more open front nine means you shouldn’t have to deal with as many trees, right? Here’s Fajkus again, this time sneaking her upshot through two trunks and ending up parked for the easy birdie:

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Defending USWDGC champion Sarah Hokom took down that win on the wooded fairways of Maine and was at it again on hole 2, though this fairway included a triple mandatory too:

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You can take trees completely out of the equation with a nice roller, and besides, these highlights would be incomplete without a solid roller. On hole 4 Wysocki showed off some easy roller distance, putting one down just outside circle two, which means this one went over 500 feet:

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The field finished on the challenging hole 6 with its over 400-foot water carry if you want to end up inside the circle looking at an eagle putt. What made things more challenging was the stiff headwind, which will be back for round 2 today. Pierce, though, made easy work of this one, clearing the water and carding the birdie:

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When the men’s feature card made it to hole 6, Wysocki and Addison Collins opted to test the water and headwind on their approach shots, while Lizotte turned his tee shot over and barely cleared the hazard. Eagle McMahon, though, teeing last, made the adjustment and ended up with an eagle putt from inside 10 meters:

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He’d miss the putt just high and left, but throws don’t always need to hit the chains to cause some excitement. Let’s take a look at a few shots that almost went in but are still highlight worthy all the same, like Wysocki’s approach on hole 10 that hits the basket and rolls away:

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Lizotte almost threw this one in too on hole 13:

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And, finally Collins—Waco’s top rated professional—almost drains this long birdie putt from 50 feet on hole 2:

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The live feed kicks off again today on the Disc Golf Pro Tour YouTube channel at 2:30 PM Central with the lead men’s card with footage from the women’s open lead card interspersed throughout the broadcast.

Thanks to SmashboxxTV for producing the live feed.

  1. Alex Colucci
    Alex Colucci

    Alex Colucci is a writer for Ultiworld Disc Golf. He is a disc golfer currently living in Northeast Ohio who teaches geography sometimes. Contact him at colucc43@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter.

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