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Locastro and Meresmaa Have Lead
Feeling even more like an all-star event, the Open Flight’s Round 1 – full of big-name groupings – did not disappoint with many players going low, real low. The lowest were 2009 US Champ Nikko Locastro and Finland power house Jussi Meresmaa at 56 (-12).
Others with good showings included Monday qualifier Josh Anthon and Ricky Wysocki at (-11). 3-time US Champion Barry Schultz, 2005 US Champion Dave Feldberg, and Matt Orum all finished at (-10).
Locastro wants to add 2-time US Champion before his name and if he keeps up his pace he just might.
Nikko had a decent start, then caught fire down the stretch with an eagle on Hole 12 followed by birdies on Holes 13 through 17. It wasn’t until the final hole when he took his foot off the gas.
“I didn’t want to throw away strokes after playing 12 through 17 perfect,” said Locastro.
Playing with his son, Niko, as his caddy for the first time must have brought him luck.
“In general it was probably the best round I’ve ever played here,” said Meresmaa, in his 9th USDGC.
He said he was in such a rhythm that it felt easy at times.
Instead of mixing the flights for the first round as originally planned, the two flights were separate with the Open Flight teeing off first. The pleasant conditions and softer OB rule, which acts similar to throw and distance but without tacking on a penalty stroke, gave players the green light.
If scores are like this for the rest of the week, players believe phenomenal performances will be needed to win. “To cash in this tournament, you’re gonna have to shoot world class 1030-rated disc golf,” said Feldberg, who felt he shot a respectable 58 (-10).