May 20, 2021 by Patrick Aubyrn in Rankings with 0 comments
Catrina Allen remains atop the Power Rankings heading into the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship. The 2012 USWDGC champion has four podium finishes and a win in her last four events and looks to keep rolling this weekend in Northern California. Of all the women in FPO, she is probably least perturbed with the three course format. However, the margins for error are thin, and Paige Pierce and Hailey King are hot on her heels. Each has won two Elite Series tournaments this year, one more than Allen, and both enter the first major of the year having won their last event. Pierce is the most decorated returning champion (’14, ’17, ’18), and a win would be King’s first major title.
Though Allen, Pierce, and King are options 1a, b, and c this weekend, the field is deep, and contenders abound. Jessica Weese learned to play on the trio of courses featured this weekend and plans to take advantage of her insider’s knowledge. Ohn Scoggins and Missy Gannon, the second and third best circle 1 putters on tour, know that the shorter courses will yield more opportunities to flex on the green, and Scoggins won the St. Patrick’s Classic in Orangevale back in March. Goat Hill champion Lisa Fajkus and WACO winner Kona Star Panis have been lurking in and around the top 5 on the regular. Will this be their weekend? One competitor who will not be in the mix, unfortunately, is two-time USWDGC champion Sarah Hokom, who will miss the tournament for the first time in her professional career with an elbow injury.
Who else is in our top 25? Here’s how they stack up heading into the USWDGC.
Note: while COVID travel restrictions remain in place, this list considers players based in America. We will break out an international top 10 once the season gets underway across the pond.
Methodology: We combine an algorithmic objective ranking with subjective ballots submitted by UWDG staff. The algorithm uses a standardized scoring model to compare elite events, awards competition and cash bonuses, and features a decay function that gradually phases out past results. For the second regular season ranking, staff considered the following criteria: 1. results from the 2021 Elite and Silver Series events, 2. UDisc and PDGA statistical measures, 3. the previous UWDG Power Rankings, and 4. their super subjective vibes, gut feelings, and premonitions heading into the USWDGC.
FPO Power Rankings
FPO Power Rankings:
|Dropped from rankings: Vanessa Van Dyken (16), Ellen Widboom (20), Callie McMoran (22), Nicole Bradley (24), Sami Keddington (25)|
Full breakdowns for each player continue below.
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