Weather-marred day finds PDGA's top-rated players atop the leaderboard.
April 30, 2016 by Steve Hill in Livewire, News with 0 comments
The weather took over yesterday at the Glass Blown Open and, as he has so many times before, so did the world champion.
Paul McBeth battled through hellish conditions to shoot the hot round and take the a share of the lead heading into the final round of the GBO with an eight-under par 54 at the Jones East course. On a day that featured a one-hour lightning delay and numerous downpours, the defending GBO champion came away tied with Cam Todd (-16) atop the leaderboard, while Ricky Wysocki (-15) and Nate Wegryn (-14) comprise the lead card of today’s final.
For McBeth, the difference in getting hot yesterday was overcoming the putting struggles of Thursday’s first round. All it took was a little self-diagnosis.
“This morning I was able to find that little thing that was wrong with [my putting], and once I can find that I can keep a hot streak with the putter for months,” McBeth said.
With no rain but more wind in the forecast for today’s tilt at the Emporia Country Club, McBeth said the key to bringing home a victory would be managing the weather.
“I’m definitely going to have to stable up…and avoid the wind at all costs and try not to let it get the best of me,” McBeth said. “[It’ll be about] staying calm.”
On the women’s side, Catrina Allen began to pull away from the rest of the field with a five-under par 57 to put her at six-under for the tournament and nine strokes ahead of Paige Pierce (+3). Paige Bjerkaas (+5) and Des Reading (+8) will round out the final lead card.
As with previous rounds, today’s final will be broadcast live via SmashboxxTV beginning at 1 p.m. CST.