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Portland Open Wins the Weekend with Professional Disc Golf Tourney

Rose Festival’s New Partner Event Off to Flying Start over Memorial Day

Drew Gibson and Paige Pierce win their divisions in the first Portland Open presented by Bevel Craft Brewing. A professional Disc Golf tournament held over Memorial Day weekend at Blue Lake Park in Fairview, Oregon east of Portland. The three day event is the newest member of the greater Rose Festival schedule of events that starts the Memorial Day Weekend.

“The 2019 Portland Open is the inaugural edition of this Disc Golf Pro Tour event. The Open brings a world class disc golf event back to Metro Portland for the first time since the 2014 PDGA Pro World Championship. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Portland-area event, the Beaver State Fling, the Portland Open is happy to be partnering with the Stumptown Disc Golf Club and Metro Parks.”

Gibson of Fair Oaks, California wins the men’s division of the three day tournament with a score of -27 and a 171 for the three day competition, just edging out Eagle McMahon of Boulder, Colorado in a sudden death playoff Gibson won $3,295 of a nearly $40,000 purse. Local golfers Nate Sexton of Corvallis, Oregon who tied for 5th at -25 and a total score of 173 and Alex Russell of Vancouver, Washington tied for 8th at -21 and 177, were also in the money.

Paige Pierce of Plano, Texas took the women’s division with a score of -10 and 188 overall winning $1,775. Zoe Andyke of Eugene, Oregon placed 10th and in the money with a score of +9 and overall 207.

According to the professional Disc Golf Association:
“Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or FrisbeeĀ®. The sport was formalized in the 1970′s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole HoleĀ® an elevated metal basket.”