PDGA World Championships

Paul McBeth: the best disc golfer in the world

2013-08-10T20:07:00Z 2013-09-16T18:32:14Z Paul McBeth: the best disc golfer in the worldDwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 10, 2013 8:07 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Forest Park, Illinois resident Barrett White claims Lemon Lake as her home disc golf course, and she's also quick to note it's one of her dog's favorite courses too.

"I bring her down here with me and she plays red and she plays silver because she's a frisbee dog," White said. "It's an amazing facility. I come down here whenever I can because it's a beautiful place to play frisbee."

White was on hand for the 2013 Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships which were held at Lemon Lake in 2010 and returned again in 2013. White captured first place in the the masters women division with a six under par for the week.

"(Annie Kreml) was just the most amazing competitor," White said of the masters women's second place finisher. "At the end of each day we had a different leader. And yesterday, we were tied at the end of the day after six rounds. I've played against her for twenty-some years."

The men's open division was won by Huntington Beach, California native, Paul McBeth. McBeth won the open division by five throws with a 90 under par and score of 382 on the week's 135 holes. McBeth won the PDGA World Championship for the second year in a row and is the current Lebron James of the disc golf circuit.

"The weather cooperated really well this week," McBeth said. "The wind wasn't as windy as it could be here. The weather helped us out alot and then the crowd showing up. The gallery, the support, the way the tournament was ran, it was a really good week."

McBeth collected a winning purse of $5,000 and will move on to attempt something of a PDGA grand slam title later this season.

"There's one more major this year and I've won the first three," McBeth said. "So if I win that, I think it would be the first ever grand slam."

Plano, Texas native Paige Pierce won the women's open division with a 23 under par for the week. Pierce's win came down to the final hole and the final shot to secure the win over second place finisher, Valarie Jenkins.

"I was just trying to concentrate on each shot," Pierce said. "Not worry about anything but the next throw."

Men's master division champion, Barry Schultz, is a legend in the field of disc golf, and this week's 2013 PDGA World Championships also marked Schultz's induction in to the PDGA Hall of Fame.

"The area and the parks department did a great job of preparing the course for us," Schultz said. "It was a great time out here. (The) Lemon Lake community should be happy and proud of themselves."

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