April 23, 2021 by Patrick Aubyrn in Rankings with comments
Catrina Allen became the first player to notch two victories on tour with her dominant win at the Jonesboro Open. Her 1041-rated, 12-under par 54 in the second round was a masterpiece from tee to green. With six Elite and Silver Series tournaments in the books, Allen has emerged as the most consistent golfer of the five tournament-winners this year, a group that includes Paige Pierce, Kona Panis, Hailey King, and Sarah Hokom.
Elsewhere in the top 25, Texans dominate this edition of the power rankings after a protracted swing through the Lone Star State, claiming seven spots on our list. Regional pros like Stephanie Vincent, Casey Pennington, and Maria Oliva made their mark, turning in a spate of solid performances close to home. And speaking of regional talent, Macie Walker showed up in a big way at the Jonesboro Open, where she finished in fourth place and outperformed many of the players ranked higher than her.
For tour stalwarts and upstarts alike, next week’s Dynamic Discs Open feels like a bellwether event on the road to the major championships in California and Utah, owing to its pedigree as a longstanding NT and a former Worlds venue. With less than a month to go before the US Women’s Disc Golf Championship, players continue to jockey for position as they round into form for the first major of the year. Here’s how they stack up heading into the DDO.
Note: while COVID travel restrictions remain in place, this list considers players based in America. We will break out an international top 10 once the season gets underway across the pond.
Methodology: We combine an algorithmic objective ranking with subjective ballots submitted by UWDG staff. The algorithm uses a standardized scoring model to compare elite events, awards competition and cash bonuses, and features a decay function that gradually phases out past results. For the second regular season ranking, staff considered the following criteria: 1. results from the 2021 Elite and Silver Series events, 2. UDisc and PDGA statistical measures, 3. the previous UWDG Power Rankings, and 4. their super subjective vibes, gut feelings, and premonitions heading into the Dynamic Discs Open.
FPO Power Rankings:
|Dropped from rankings: Emily Beach (22), Christine Jennings (24), Elaine King (25)|
|16||Vanessa Van Dyken||+2||18|
Full breakdowns for each player continue below.
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