Paige Pierce wins long drive for seventh straight year
September 3, 2018 by Bennett Wineka in Livewire, News with 0 comments
The 2018 PDGA Professional World Championship festivities headed down the mountain to Cambridge as players faced off in four different competitions during the field events.
Anthony Barela provided the upset of the day and is your new mini golf world champion over favorites Steve Rico, Steve Brinster and Matt Dollar.
Anthony Barela Mini Disc Golf World Championship
Kevin Jones knocked off current distance world record holder and 5-time defending world long drive champion David Wiggins, Jr. in the long drive contest. Jones’ winning throw of 528-feet had to land in a designated area 50 yards wide. Wiggins measured out just three feet shy at 525-feet.
Paige Pierce made it seven world long drive championships in a row with her win. She topped Hailey King by 50 feet.
Kevin Jones 2018 Pro Worlds Long Drive
We have first-time world putting champions in both divisions as Zoe Andyke and James Conrad grabbed their first crowns. Perennial contender and former world champion Courtney McCoy was close behind Andyke, while Conrad was ten points clear of second place Thunder Schultz .
The putting competition added a new element this year, where if the initial putt is missed, players will now be required to throw a secondary putt from the lie of the initial putt. If the secondary putt is missed, the player will be deducted one point from the total score.
Conrad doubled-up on world championships by also winning the EDGE SkillShot contest over Nate Sexton. Des Reading stopped Madison Walker from winning her second SkillShot world title by taking the women’s division.
SkillShot was developed as an assessment tool for the EDGE curriculum and tests seven different throwing styles and techniques.