By Jerry Roth
The Professional women (FPO) of disc golf have fought, grinded, and battled their way through three rounds to get here to the final day of the 2017 Ledgestone Open presented by Discraft. The courses weren’t easy and every birdie was definitely earned. The Leader after three rounds was Jessica Weese, playing very solid disc golf who was able to keep four-time World Champion Valarie Jenkins from holding onto the top spot. The back and forth between the two top competitors has been amazing to see. The question before the start of the final round was, will Jessica play well enough to take home the victory in Central Illinois? With the rain descending upon the players, the pads were slick and the players had to somehow keep their discs dry.
Early on in the final round, Jessica was the first to blink, carding a bogey on the very first hole to tie her score with Val’s. Hole number one measures 738 feet and conquering it is no small task for any player and Ragna just might agree as she found troubles of her own on the very same hole. With nearly no margin of error Jessica found her chance for victory threatened before she ever got past the first nine holes. Valarie ended her day with -18, Jessica Weese -18.
Valarie and Jessica battled most of the day until they were deadlocked finishing the last hole and they were forced into a 2-hole playoff. As it would have it all came down to a water hole. Jessica came up one stroke short and Valarie was able to overtake the young, great player.
Valerie Jenkins is your 2017 Ledgestone Insurance Open Winner! This year’s Women’s division was by far the most exciting conclusion to a Ledgestone event and will be talked about for quite a while. Valarie played amazing golf, keeping her composure to the very end and taking home the title. Congratulations to Val Jenkins from Nate Heinold and the staff at the DGPT. What an amazing win. Go Val!