APPLING, Ga. — The rain let up after the first few holes in the final round of the Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday, but Ricky Wysocki didn’t.
Wysocki entered the final round at the Professional Disc Golf Association International Disc Golf Center with a one-shot lead over Prodigy Disc teammate Nikko Locastro. The PDGA’s No. 1 rated player then battled through the rain and mud blanketing the W.R. Jackson Memorial Course to win at 44-under 228.
“With the rain and everything I knew it was anybody’s game,” Wysocki said. “I just kept in it and didn’t get frustrated with the rain. Keeping everything dry is a big factor in the tournament and how well you play.”
Wysocki heated up on the front nine, recording birdies on eight of the first nine holes. Locastro failed to capitalize on a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 3, allowing Wysocki to pull away by two strokes.
That lead grew to six strokes by No. 14.
Locastro, who started the round calm and collected, had a tough time finding a break on the unforgiving course. After missing the birdie putt on No. 11, Locastro shouted and punched his bag.
Immediately after the round ended, Locastro headed for the practice baskets to find his putting form again.
“I’m embarrassed by the way I played,” Locastro said in between putts. “I missed two 20-footers, and those I usually don’t miss. I’ve been in the top-four in every tournament this year and I’ve had a chance to win every tournament on the last day. I’m not playing up to my standards.”
Locastro finished four shots behind Wysocki at 40-under 232.
Sarah Cunningham continued her hot streak to take first place in the Women’s Open division, finishing nine shots ahead of Des Reading at 3-under 269 on her one-year wedding anniversary.
“It was a good anniversary present,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how big of a lead I have, I always feel pressure and I’m always trying to do the best no matter what the score is.”
Reading finished at 12-over 284, followed closely by Elaine King in third place at 15-over 287.
The event marked the halfway point in the National Tour Elite Series.
The tour will pick back up for the Discraft Great Lakes Open in Ann Arbor, Mich., on May 31.