The buzz started around the Konopiště Open tournament center early in the morning. It looked like a nice and sunny day, but then it seemed it is going to rain all day. The wind picked up and dark clouds gathered in the skies over the scenic Konopiště castle park. Luckily there was no rain at all. 143 players actually started the event, because one player got hurt after the player’s meeting. Groups were randomly divided throughout the whole day, starting from 8.00 to 14.00.
World Champ In the Early Lead
2009 World Champion Avery Jenkins got into the lead early in the morning with his -11 56 thanks to his on point green hit percentage. He managed to navigate through the course without any bogeys and with eleven birdies. It seems that those long and wide fairways of Franz Ferdinand really suit his game.
Europeans making their move
Seppo Paju, the 2014 European Champion actually had an even better green hit percentage, actually number 1 of the round. He managed to get 11 birdies, 1 eagle and an unfortunate bogey. He overtook AJ on the scoreboard and was shining on top for a while.
We first noticed that things are happening when Eagle McMahon handed in his scorecard with one par after 10 holes, sitting at -9, third place. Basically after only half the holes. Our social media specialist ran across the (very big) Konopiště castle park to catch as much as possible. To watch Eagle making history. He only witnessed one other par and McMahon turned in a scorecard with a breathtaking score of 51 (-16). New course record.
More European players raise to the top for tomorrow’s lead card
Simon Lizotte starting at 14.00 played an also outstanding score of -14, topping all players except his winged team mate from USA. They will be accompanied by the crowd favorite Karl Johan Nybo from Denmark with -12 and Seppo Paju also with -12.
America leading in both divisions
Czech players with a slow start
There are 11 players from the Czech Republic playing the tournament, six of them are strong young guns with a great potential. Unfortunately all of them had a slow start with the best ones (Lukáš Filandr and Jakub Zdráhal) sitting at -3, 51st place.
Lead cards look promising
There are many players who people want to see in our play-by-play video. But there are not many who are more fun to watch than the ones that will get all the attention tomorrow:
FPO Lead card:
Catrina Allen (0, USA, 2014 World Champion)
Eveliina Salonen (+2, Finland, 2016 European Champion)
Kristin Tattar (+3, Estonia, 4x Estonian Champion)
Hannele Määttä (+4, Finland, Bronze medalist from 2014 European Championship).
MPO Lead card (also feature card):
Eagle McMahon (-16, USA, hottest player on tour this year, already won 3 NT tournaments)
Simon Lizotte (-14, Germany, Konopiště Open 2016 winner)
Karl Johan Nybo (-12, Denmark, 12x Danish Champion)
Seppo Paju (-12, Finland, 2014 European Champion).
Online following of the event
Facebook: @DiscGolfKonoisteOpen/a> and 1st round photo gallery.
DiscGolfMetrix: 2nd round tee times, and livescoring.
PDGA: round scores and ratings.
The SpinTV: with today’s feature card (Will Schusterick, Paul McBeth, Oskari Vikström and Jakub Knápek) as soon as the SpinTV (Epic Disc Golf Films) crew has published it.
To get all the necessary information on following the event, check out this How To Follow post.
Article kindly provided by Konopiště Open staff. All photos credit Eino Ansio & Innova Europe.