As competitors continue to make bids to make the National Championship in November, 2018 Premier Events have started and are another competitive avenue for players to make their bids. The top-3 bids in each event will head to Arizona to compete for the car.
The first Premier Event, where $30,000 in prizes were given out, was July 21-22 in Estacada, Ore., at the historic courses at Milo McIver State Park. Milo McIver hosts one of the most popular National Tour events each year in the Beaver State Fling. The Northwest Premier Events gave amateurs from four states–including Alaska–and Canada a taste of these picturesque but challenging courses.
Quinn Rodius, finalist from last year, came out on top in the Gladiators Division with a consistent showing over three rounds finish with a 5-under par 178. Rodius was the only competitor in the full 94 player field to shoot a round rated over 1000 in making his bid. Behind him in a tie for second were Bryan Van Fleet and Jace Foster. Nick Skaale finished fourth but played well enough in the final round to claim the third qualified bid.
In the final round, Van Fleet played hot but Rodius was able to play well enough to only concede a stroke by the end of the round. Foster struggled with a finger injury and Skaale played strong to claim the third spot. Foster still holds a qualifying spot for best performance in the region.
Travis Callahan’s 8-over par 191 was tops in the Knights Division, three strokes ahead of a second place logjam that included Caleb Livernash, Chance Stad and Gabriel Luedecke. In the Saints Division, Anthony Roscoe posted a 13-over par 196 to win by six. Philip Raschkow and Niko Smith rounded out the top-3.
The second 2018 Premier Event was in the Mountain West Division at Sunrise Lions DGC. The event is a half-region and included $16,000 in payout. The Pocatello, Idaho event had Trenton Higley on top of the podium in the Gladiators Division. Higley tossed a 2-under par 160 to finish as the only competitor under par. He capped off his bid with a 1019-rated third round. It’s no surprise to see Higley atop the leaderboard, as he also finished second at this year’s PDGA Junior Disc Golf World Championships in the under-18 division. Robert Kade Elzner came in second and Peyton Niendorf came in third. Niendorf will head to Arizona with Higley.
Shane Evans nabbed the third highest ratings average, coming out of the Knights Division to do so. He won with a 5-over par 167, four strokes ahead of Jeremy Briscoe. Levi Hancock finished third in the division.
Garrett Colwell finished atop the podium by an impressive eight throws in the Knights Division with a 10-over par 172. Ian Burrows and Gavin Stradley finished second and third, respectively, after a tight battle.
The third 2018 Premier Event was in the Midwest Region at Crown Point, Ind. Fan favorite Andrew Cornwell wins again! Cornwell will be going to the National Championship in Fountain Hills AZ with Joel Bibble, and Kyle Klein who secured his spot in the finals. Justin Smart narrowly takes the win for the Knight’s Division in a playoff with Eric Meadows. With a hot 3rd round the Saint’s Division trophy goes to Stephen Schrenk.