2017 Roller Of The Year Presented By Friction Gloves: Quarterfinals

Sexton sweeps the opening round, but stiff competition awaits!

Ultiworld Disc Golf’s 2017 Shot of the Year voting is presented by Friction Gloves; all opinions are those of the author. Check out our review of Friction’s DG Gloves here.

We’re through the first round of our 2017 Roller of the Year voting, and the big story is a Sexton sweep. That’s right: Reigning United States Disc Golf Champion and certified Man of the People Nate Sexton won each of his matchups with authority and looks well-poised for a run to the title.

That is, until you look at his competition in the quarterfinals.

The next highest vote-getters — Gregg Barsby and Geoff Bennett — as well as the cannon-armed Eagle McMahon stand in Sexton’s way this round, plus we’ve got a sneaky tilt at the bottom of the bracket. Just like last round, pick your favorite from each matchup below, then come back tomorrow for the semifinal round. If you’re having fun with this, feel free to share the love on social media, and keep an eye out for our Air Shot of the Year, Putt of the Year, and Ace of the Year competitions to come.

A special thanks to Jomez Productions, The SpinTV, and the Disc Golf Guy for capturing these clips. And we’re off!

1) Sexton vs. Barsby

Nate Sexton rolls Team Innova to a Jomez Productions Basket Dash victory:

Sexton Basket Dash GIF

Gregg Barsby rolls out of trouble and curls toward the pin while a massive European Open gallery watches:

Barsby European Open GIF

2) Bennett vs. Sexton

Geoff Bennett? Geoff Bennett! Talk about sacrificing your body:

Bennett PFDO Roller

One of the crucial shots in Sexton’s march toward his first Major title at the USDGC:

Sexton USDGC Hazard GIF

3) Sexton vs. McMahon

You know him. You love him. And you get two of Sexton’s forehand rollers here in Nantucket:

Sexton Eagles GIF

Ho-hum. Just McMahon clearing two and a half football fields in one shot:


4) Owens vs. McBeth

Devan Owens mixes strategy and skill as he takes the triple mando out of play on Winthrop Gold’s 15th:

Owens USDGC Triple Mando GIF

And what would any competition be without some McBeast Mode? Paul McBeth gets down for a huge shot that essentially ices the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open:

McBeth PFDO Roller


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