McBeth Out Front In Delaware

Four tied in second at two strokes back

Paul McBeth shoots at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: PDGA

The Delaware Disc Golf Challenge requires players to tame the woods. To be effective in the woods, players need to hit Circle 1 putts and scramble well when a tee shot inevitably goes errant off a tree. Today, the Pauls did just that. Paul McBeth is your leader after one round, shooting a 1049-rated opener at Iron Hill.

McBeth started off slow, going only 4-under par on the front nine, but had himself a time after the turn. On the back half of the course, McBeth went 7-under par with eight birdies and a bogey to finish his first round at 11-under par 61 in his first crack at Iron Hill this season. At one stretch between holes 9 and 16, McBeth drilled eight consecutive birdies.

McBeth putted at 100-percent from Circle 1 and 40-percent from Circle 2. He went OB off the tee on the 860-foot hole 17 which doomed his chance at a clean back nine, but finished with a birdie on 18.

Paul McBeth hole 18

Paul Ulibarri went into hole 17 at 10-under par, well positioned to take the top spot from McBeth, but was unable to recover from an errant tee shot as he carded a bogey 6, his only bogey of the day. The error dropped him to 9-under par where he finished. Ulibarri closed Friday in a tie for second with Andrew Fish, Matt Bell, and Seppo Paju at 9-under par 63.

Jeremy Koling was the early leader in the clubhouse after wrapping his first round with an 8-under par 64, and it was refreshing to see him at the top of UDisc Live after an up-and-down season. Koling hit his fairways at an 82-percent rate, and was able to recover from his misses. He scrambled to save par at 100-precent to end his day with a bogey-free round.

Koling is in a three way tie for sixth place with Zach Melton and Ricky Wysocki. Fish, Wysocki, and Melton were also bogey-free.

If Gregg Barsby showed any sign of a post-World Championship hangover, it was inside Circle 1. The newly-crowned champ was 89-percent from inside the circle but threw well enough off the tee to claw his way into a tie for ninth with a 7-under par 65.

The majority of Iron Hill holes played close to par, but the stretch of holes from 3 to 6 and 13 to 15 were where most of the scoring happened. The twin turkey gulches averaged .27 strokes under par. On the flip side, holes 7 and 18 played the toughest on the day, each coming in at .21 strokes over par.

The lead card of McBeth, Ulibarri, Paju, and Bell tees off at 2 pm local time. Follow scoring on UDisc Live, and post-round coverage will be released Sunday.

  1. Christopher Wiklund
    Christopher Wiklund

    Chris is a contributor at Ultiworld Disc Golf. He lives and works on Cape Cod in Massachusetts where he plays as much disc golf as he can, and reminds people he lives on Cape Cod. He likes spending time outside when he isn't playing video games and watching TV.

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