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Ultiworld Disc Golf Power Rankings: Pre-Jonesboro [April 10, 2019]

Power Rankings version 2.1 coming at you!

Photos: USDGC/Alyssa Van Lanen

If you read our Power Rankings reboot article from February, you know that we combined the collective wisdom of the Ultiworld Disc Golf bullpen with a proprietary objective metric to generate our top 25, marrying the “eye test” with cold hard stats. After two rounds of voting, we decided to improve on the design and adjust some of the finer details. Here’s the skinny.

Previously, voters ranked their top 25 players based on the full competitors list from the most recent qualifying events: Majors, National Tour, Disc Golf Pro Tour, and European Tour. For instance, our Pre-WACO rankings asked writers to focus on the results from the Las Vegas Challenge and the Memorial.

But voters and readers alike asked, “What of Chris Dickerson? What of Henna Blomroos?”

Neither have played a qualifying event in 2019, but can we really say that they aren’t top 25 worthy? Inside scoop: even with our decay function, both ranked in the objective top 25 before WACO. (And in related news, both are registered for the Jonesboro Open!)

To address the disjunction between the registration-driven voter roll and the objective 25, we decided to leverage the objective formula to create a better ballot for our voters. We created this metric under the auspices of our motto, “What have you done for me lately,” so why not give it a bit more play?

Beginning with this iteration of our Power Rankings, voters will rank their top 25 players based on a randomized list of the objective top 50. They’ll still focus on results and trends from the most recent qualifying tournaments, but they’ll also have the option to rank those upper echelon players who compete on tour less frequently. Our logic: if you drop out of the top 50, you’re probably not playing well enough and/or often enough to qualify for the top 25.

On to the rankings, shall we? First, some quick hits:

  • Both MPO and FPO saw players previously ranked no. 4 claim the top spot. Anyone surprised that Paul McBeth and Catrina Allen are tops after their victories at the Waco Annual Charity Open?
  • No? Well who predicted Alex Russell to no. 10 and Callie McMorran to no. 11?
  • Keepin’ it spicy: Of the 50 ranked competitors, only Kevin Jones, Madison Walker, and Hailey King tread water, remaining nos. 12, 10, and 17, respectively.
  • They’re baaaack! Paul Ulibarri, James Conrad, Andrew Presnell, and Gregg Barsby were ranked in the preseason poll but fell out of the top 25 following the LVC and Memorial. They return triumphant after WACO.
  • When you’re out, you’re out! In FPO, none of the players that fell out of the rankings after the preseason poll rejoined the top 25 after WACO.
  • One and done: A.J. Risley, Anthony Barela, Dustin Keegan, Sias Elmore, Martin Hendel, and Brian Earhart were promoted after two weeks in the desert only to be demoted after WACO. Ditto Sandi Hendel, Maria Olivia, and Nicole Johnson. Will 2019 first timers Jeremy Koling, Eric Oakley, Emerson Keith, Valerie Mandujano, Christina Linthicum, and Lauren Butler continue trending upward or suffer the same fate?
FPO Power Rankings:
Rank Player Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: Sandi Hendel (19), Maria Oliva (21), Nicole Johnson (25)
1 +3 4
2 +1 3
3 -1 2
4 -3 1
5 +1 6
6 +2 8
7 +2 9
8 -3 5
9 -2 7
10 - 10
11 +4 15
12 +12 24
13 +3 16
14 -
15 -1 14
16 +4 20
17 - 17
18 -7 11
19 -6 13
20 -8 12
21 -
22 -4 18
23 -1 22
24 -
25 -2 23
MPO Power Rankings:
Rank Player Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: A.J. Risley (15), Anthony Barela (17), Dustin Keegan (18), Sias Elmore (20), Martin Hendel (22), Brian Earhart (23), Chris Dickerson (24)
1 +3 4
2 -1 1
3 -1 2
4 +1 5
5 -2 3
6 +8 14
7 -
8 -
9 +12 21
10 -
11 -5 6
12 - 12
13 +3 16
14 -7 7
15 -6 9
16 -8 8
17 +2 19
18 -
19 -
20 -10 10
21 -
22 -9 13
23 -
24 +1 25
25 -14 11

Want to see how the voting shook out? See the complete objective and subjective voter tallies for MPO and FPO.

  1. Patrick Aubyrn
    Patrick Aubyrn

    Patrick Aubyrn is a writer at Ultiworld Disc Golf, and a double bassist, musicologist, and educator living in Oak Park, IL with his wife and young son. He is A.B.D. at the University of Washington and is writing his dissertation on the 19th-century German composer Johannes Brahms. As a disc golfer, he occasionally threw 1000-rated rounds back in 2007 and holds the distinction of hitting two holes-in-one in the same tournament round but not paying into the ace pool.

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    Ultiworld Disc Golf Staff

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