Womens Open Division – Who To Watch

The competition in the Women’s Open division for the 2016 PDGA Pro Disc Golf Worlds this year will not be lacking. Of the top 5 ranked women in the world (registered for 2016), four have graced the top spot already. Paige Pierce looks to repeat as the title holder for her first time. She has leapfrog wins in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Her dominant summer resulted in six 2nd place, and three wins (Texas Women’s, Nick Hyde Memorial, Vibram Open).

Catrina Allen

Catrina Allen

Like Wysocki in the Men’s, Catrina Allen has been torching competition all season long. She marked 10 wins (28th Memorial, Mishawaka Meltdown, Jacksonville Open, The Rumble, GBO, KC Wide Open, “Steady” Ed Memorial, Beaver State Fling, Great Lakes Open, Estonian Open), and a lone 2nd place at the Vibram Open. She also has the 2014 World Championship in her name.

Sarah Hokom was the other player to keep Pierce from consecutive titles with a 2012 Worlds win. Her summer has also netted some success with 3 wins (Texas State DGC, Delaware DGC, Legacy Discs Silver Cup), and a pair of 2nd place finishes (St. Patrick’s Classic, Texas Women’s Championship). Hokom supplemented those with two other top 5, and a 7th at the 28th Memorial Championship.

Valarie Jenkins had a similar season with six top 5 finishes, and a win at the St. Jude Charity Invitational. More important than her season so far are her trifecta of Pro Worlds wins in 2007-09. Not only is Valarie a past winner, but she’s been runner up to both Pierce (‘13) and Hokom (‘12). Jessica Weese has seen top 10 finishes in World’s two of the last three years (finishing 11th in the other). She had a fairly quiet summer with a win at the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge, and she finished 6th at the 28th Memorial Championships.

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen is player who has the big arm for some of the Emporia courses, and for the last three years has not seen a finish out of the top 10 at the GBO (placing 7th in ‘16). Also this season Jennifer has placed 5th at the KC Wide Open as well as the Nick Hyde Memorial, 3rd at the Memorial Championship by Discraft, and 1st at the Norman Pro/Am. All she needs is a hot round or two to put pressure on all the other participants.

Another name to keep tabs on during tournament play at Worlds is Paige Bjerkaas. Her 12th place 2015 World’s finish shows her at the cusp of making some serious noise. Add that to her collegiate move to Emporia, and she has an advantage no other competitor does: year long access to the courses that will be played by all this August. Could this be the year that young Bjerkaas dethrones the previous champion by the same name?

Be sure to follow all the action from the 2016 PDGA Disc Golf Pro World Championships to see which of these women will take home the trophy.

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