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PDGA: Winners at the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships
The United States Women's Disc Golf Championships were held in Round Rock, Texas, over the weekend of Sept. 17-18. Some of the best women disc golf professionals, including world champions and former world champions, participated in the competition from around the country.
The 20-year-old group of volunteers coming together as the Double R Disc Golf Club hosted the tournament this year, and a total of 86 players competed in the event.
In the Open division, it was three-time world champion Valarie Jenkins who captured the victory with a final score of 1-under-par. Jenkins was second in the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships held on the central coast of California last month, and she was the winner in the European Open held all the way in Finland this July.
Jenkins was also crowned champion in the 2011 PDGA National Tour that culminated at the Massachusetts' Vibram Open. She has certainly had another very impressive year.
Coming in behind Jenkins in the Round Rock tournament was Liz Lopez and Sarah Stanhope. Both tied for second at 7-over-par. Lopez has our victories in 2011 and 12 top-five finishes out of the 17 tournaments she has competed in.
Stanhope was the 2010 world champion and came close to capturing the win at the Vibram Open over Labor Day weekend, but Sarah Hokum just barely edged her out. Following Stanhope was Des Reading with a 19-over-par score, and Page Pierce at 23-over-par.
Reading is another three-time world champion and has been playing professionally for 10 years. Pierce was crowned the 2011 world champion in Santa Cruz last month and placed second in the European Open. Pierce placed second at the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open and fourth in the Vibram Open.
Catrina Allen finished the event with a 25-over-par score, followed by Sarah Hokum at 26-over-par. Lisa Fajkus at 33-over-par, Erin Oakley at 34-over-par, and Melody King at 41-over-par.
Though it was a hot and humid weekend in Round Rock, Texas, the event was an astounding success all around and a great way to promote the fastest growing sport in the world to women all over the nation.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors!
The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to the sport, and enjoy playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world.
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