|Round 3 recap - New leaders in MPO|
Heavy rains during the night have saturated the Mt. Nasu region. The weather report called for the heavy rains to continue through out the day and possibly into tomorrow. A dense fog shrouding the Nasu Highlands golf course greeted the competitors as they filed off the buses to warm up. Whatever anxieties about their game plagued them on day one was only going to be exacerbated by the presence of the harsh conditions on day two.
Locastro & Wysocki take the lead in MPO
The lead card in Pool “A” was a highly anticipated rematch of the 2010 Japan Open finals between Dave Feldberg and Nikko Locastro. Feldberg came into the round with a slight two-stroke lead over hard-charging Locastro, who finished round two with the hot score on the “Purple” course to jump up the scoreboard to the lead card. Round three would be on the same course, which gave Locastro a slight advantage.
Joining Feldberg and Locastro on the lead card was Ken “The Champ” Climo, who has shown this All-Star field of golfers how smart golf is winning golf; and Simon “The Paradigm Shift” Lizotte, who has single-handedly reinvented the game with his record-shattering distances off the tee box.
The weather was a factor with baskets hiding in dense fog banks; rain soaked greens making discs skip fifty extra feet off their line; hidden puddles deep enough to steal momentum out of any disc that touched them; and clothes and gear that was thoroughly soaked making it hard for the competitors to play their best game. In the end, Locastro would push past Feldberg and the rest of the card shooting a 54 to take the overall lead heading into round four.
Meanwhile, back on the chase card, Ricky Wysocki would turn in a 51 to jump up into a tie with Locastro. Paul McBeth would also move up to the lead card with his score of 53.
The lead card for round four will be: Locastro and Wysocki tied at 162. Feldberg one stroke back at 163, and McBeth two strokes back with 164. Though tied with McBeth, Climo will drop to the chase card due to his third round score of 55.
Jenkins widens the gap to the competition in FPO
The ladies took on the "Blue" course for the 3rd round with Valarie Jenkins, Paige Pierce, Mayu Iwasaki and Jessie Westphal on the lead card. The harsh conditions made sure that no shot came easy for group B as competitors were struggling to keep their gear dry and shots on the fairways. Despite the rain, the FPO leader and multiple time Japan Open Champion Valarie Jenkins was able to play the same score (67) as on the 2nd round at the Blue course. This was also the hottest round on the Ladies division on round 3.
Strengthening her hold of the 2nd place in FPO, Paige Pierce lost to Valarie by one shot and is now 8 shots behind the leader going to the 4th round. Behind Val and Paige, Des Reading moved up to the lead card with her 71, leaving Jessie Westphal to the chase card, one stroke behind Des. Japanese local Mayu Iwasaki returned a score of 74, keeping her on the 3rd place, stroke above Reading.
Scores from the event will be updated to the event page once they are processed.
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