March 8, 2022 by Charlie Eisenhood in News, Recap with comments
This weekend, Paul McBeth and Kristin Tattar took down wins at the 2022 Memorial Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Memorial was the long-time home of the start of the professional touring season but was dropped from the Disc Golf Pro Tour and National Tour in 2021. It still remains a well-attended A-Tier event, one whose field will likely exceed some DGPT Silver Series events in depth and quality.
McBeth got off to a tremendous start to his 2022 season with a 16-under, 1108-rated opening round that gave him an early four stroke lead. It was the 14th time a player has eclipsed the rare 1100 mark at The Memorial.
.@Paul_McBeth‘s opening 16-under round at The Memorial came in at 1108-rated.
It’s the 14th 1100+ rated round at The Memorial. 28% of all 1100+ rated rounds in disc golf history have come at the Arizona tournament dubbed the “hyzer Olympics.” (via @statmando)
— Ultiworld Disc Golf (@UltiworldDG) March 4, 2022
McBeth followed up his scorching round one with another hot score in round two, pushing his lead out to six strokes. Anthony Barela, who had been sitting in second after each round, made a charge in round three to get back within two strokes and eventually tied it up briefly in the final round before a three stroke swing on hole 9 gave McBeth a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish. He closed out the tournament at 40-under, three strokes better than Barela’s -37. McBeth averaged 1074-rated golf across the four rounds. It is his seventh win at the tournament that is cheekily dubbed the “McMorial.”
In FPO, Kristin Tattar got her first win of the year, with an 8-under, three strokes clear of Jennifer Allen. Tattar was tied for the lead with Eveliina Salonen after a 1012-rated round one but fell behind Allen by a stroke after the second round. She rebuilt a three-stroke lead in the third round before closing out the tournament. Ohn Scoggins, the 2021 Memorial champion, finished in third place.
Tattar, the second highest rated player in FPO behind Paige Pierce, continues her strong play in the United States after a highly successful stint here in 2021.
Check out full post-production video coverage from Terry Miller below: