MURRAY – The Murray Open 2021 is in the books. Disc golfers took part in this two-day PDGA Level B disc golf tournament on September 18-19, successfully avoiding the predicted rain showers.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Vilo Sabengsy returned to Murray for the second time this year, and for the second time he left his mark on the course records. Sabengsy broke six strokes of the existing 27-hole “red” course record with a 75, then turned an 84 on the 27-hole “yellow” course, three strokes below any other competitor. This 84 is the new standard on the yellow course since this course has never been played in a tournament.
Stephen Incata, a native of Hopkinsville, a former MSU student and current resident of Bowling Green, followed Sagengsy eight strokes, four strokes each round, to take second place in the men’s open professional division. Incata was three shots better than Smyrna, Mack Ferrell of Tennessee, with the top three splitting the $ 800 purse in the pro division.
On the women’s side, Murray-area golfer Leah Haws beat Nancy Parks of Mayfield by 10 strokes on the path to set a new women’s ‘red’ course record with a 113. She followed that up the next day with the first. “yellow” course record of 134. Haws broke a finger on his throwing hand midway through the second round, but was apparently unaffected, his finger being taped by Parks after the end of the round.
In the advanced amateur division, Memphis, Tennessee’s Dylan Lomax clocked a 75 on Saturday’s “red” course and shares the red track record with Sabengsy. He kept his foot on the gas with an 87 the next day, a nice “yellow” course just three strokes off Sabengsy’s new course record and just three strokes of Sabengsy’s 159 total for the tournament. Lomax was seven shots better than runner-up Murray’s Ryan Messenger.
In the men’s 50+ division, Murray’s Tom Trinidad Jr. clinched a one-stroke victory over Gary Haws, breaking the tie that existed before playing the tournament’s 54th hole, a scenario similar to that of a tournament earlier this year with the same result.
Murray’s Nick Dues won the Men’s Intermediate Division by one stroke over Michael Glover of Mayfield, while Johnny Gurule also won the Men’s Intermediate Division by one stroke over Lofton Rowley.
Murray also hosted HB Clark from Bowling Green this weekend. Clark was the designer of Murray’s course, along with dozens of others in Kentucky, Tennessee, and other states. Clark returned to Murray, not to work, but to compete and win the men’s 65 and over professional division. Clark will host the Kentucky State Championships in Madisonville from October 1-3.