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Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins placed second in the open women’s division of the Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned Players Cup tournament, also known as the World Match Play Championships, in Dripping Springs, Texas, last weekend.

Phoenix’s Catrina Allen won the final round 7 and 6, according to the event’s results page.

Jenkins “struggled to find her putting stroke in the strong Texas winds” against Allen in the final round, according to the event’s website.

Also from Capitola, Nate Doss tied for ninth and Avery Jenkins tied for 21st in the men’s open.

Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins finished in fifth place at the United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship, a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned event, in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 23.

Jenkins threw a 5-under 292 over five rounds for a $950 prize.

Catrina Allen of  Phoenix became the new national champion with a 14-under 283, taking home a $3,160 prize. Paige Pearce of Plano, Texas, took second, also with a 14-under 283, for a $2,100 prize; and Sarah Hokom of Caldwell, Idaho, took third with a 10-under 287 for a $1,500 prize.

Results included in this report are from the PDGA website.

Check out some photos from the event here.

Capitola’s Nate Doss takes 9th in men’s open

Capitola resident and pro disc golfer Valarie Jenkins finished just one throw off winner Catrina Allen in the women’s open division of the PDGA-sanctioned Vibram Open at Maple Hill in Leicester, Mass., on Sunday.

Both Jenkins and Sarah Hokom of Caldwell, Idaho, threw 66s in the final round to land at 23-over 263 for the tournament. Allen of Phoenix won the event with a 64 in the final round [262 total].

“Yup.. lost by 1 stroke, again.” Jenkins tweeted after the event.

Most recently, Jenkins missed out on a win by one stroke in the world championships.

Jenkins’ partner Nate Doss also competed, taking ninth in the open men’s division with a 14-under 226 over four rounds. Jenkins’ brother Avery Jenkins took 21st overall [235], and Aptos disc golfer Shasta Criss placed 35th [246]. Cale Leiviska of St. Paul, Minn., won with a 215.

Results included in this report are from the Professional Disc Golf Association website.

Professional disc golfer and Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins placed second in the PDGA’s World Disc Golf Championships in Charlotte, N.C., missing the international title by just one throw over the weekend.

Jenkins, who also finished second at last year’s worlds, shot a 24-under 404 through the eight-round tournament. She placed behind champion Sarah Hokom [25-under 403] of Caldwell, Idaho, but ahead of third-place finisher Catrina Allen of Phoenix.

“Like the ESPN commercial I keep seeing.. “If losing didn’t hurt so bad, winning wouldn’t feel as good” #1strokefromvictory” Jenkins tweeted later.

Capitola’s Nate Doss, the defending men’s world champ, placed seventh in his division with a 65-under 374 through seven rounds. Only four players make the final round.

Paul McBeth of Clearwater, Fla., became the new world champ with an 83-under 387 through eight rounds. Richard Wysocki of Fort Mill, S.C., was second [392] and Nashville’s Will Schusterick was third [396].

Aptos’ Shasta Criss placed 24th overall with a 43-under 396 and Avery Jenkins, Valarie Jenkins’ brother, tied for 39th with a 37-under 402.

Results in this report are from the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Brother Avery Jenkins takes third in open men’s division

Capitola resident and pro disc golfer Valarie Jenkins shot a 1-under 241 through four rounds to win the women’s open division of the G&L Clothing Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.

Jenkins shot 60 in the first round and 64 in the second round, but she dropped into the 50s, shooting 58 and 59 to close out the tournament and secure the $540 prize. Texas’ Des Reading was second with a 6-over 248 and Arizona’s Catrina Allen was third with a 10-over 252.

“This the back-to-back marathon tournament week! Just finished Des Moines Challenge 4 courses in 2 days, and now gearing up for KC 5 courses in 3 days.. but getting in some good relaxation for Memorial day!” Jenkins posted to Facebook and Twitter on Monday morning.

Jenkins’ brother Avery also had a strong outing. The 2009 world champion took third in the open men’s division, shooting a 35-under 207 to take home $680. Florida’s Paul McBeth won with a 40-under 202.

Jenkins’ partner Nate Doss, the defending world champ also from Capitola,  placed fourth in that division, shooting a 28-under 214 for a $545 prize.

Results included in this report are from the Professional Disc Golf Association website.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Capitola resident and professional disc golfer Valarie Jenkins dominated in the 17th Texas State Disc Golf Championships, a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned event, at Tom Bass Park in Houston over the weekend.

She led the open women’s division through three rounds, steadily four or more shots ahead of the competition. She shot 58-55-76 for a 3-over 189 total — 15 shots better than the next closest competitor. Des Reading of Wimberly, Texas, placed second with an 18-over and Catrina Allen of Phoenix took third place with a 19-over total.

“Proud of how strong I played this weekend at the Texas State Championship and even more happy my knee held up for the 60 holes!” Jenkins posted on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday. “I gotta say I’m really looking forward to a tournament without the crazy wind!”

Jenkins earlier injured her knee when she won the Memorial Championship.

She earned $500 for her finish in the Texas tournament. This is her fourth tournament victory in a row.

Jenkins’ partner and defending world champion Nate Doss tied for third in the men’s open for a $468 prize. He shot a 17-under 169 through three rounds to land four shots off winner Cale Leiviska of St. Paul, Minn.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Capitola resident and pro disc golf player Valarie Jenkins, the runner-up for the 2011 World Championships, stoked her hot streak for another win — this one coming at the Memorial Championship presented by Discraft in Scotsdale, Ariz., on Saturday.

Jenkins, whose skill has earned her two wins in the last month — at the Gentlemen’s Club Challenge in Las Vegas and at Cal State Monterey Bay’s Otter Challenge — shot 58-59-62-63 to finish with a 10-over 242 in the Memorial. She had a three stroke lead over runner-up Catrina Allen of Pheonix.

With the win came a $1,300 prize, and an unfortunate side effect, Jenkins announced Monday via Twitter.

Jenkins apparently injured her knee, saying on Facebook, “Thought I would come out of the Memorial without injuring myself, but it seems that I’m back to the stupid knee brace again! Looks like a new follow-through needs to happen to allow me to play this game for my future. Hard to change up a routine I’ve been working on all my life.”

Other top Santa Cruz County finishers were Jenkins’ brother Avery, who placed fourth among men by shooting 52-52-49-48 for a 31-under 201 total, and her partner Nate Doss, who placed seventh by shooting 52-47-53-51 for a 29-under 203. Avery takes home $1,550 for his finish and Doss takes home $1,300.

“The Memorial is all over… Did not play as well as I would like but sometimes you just dont have it. Great groups all week!” Doss, the defending world champion, tweeted earlier today.

–Christina Gullickson, CGullTweets on Twitter.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. March 4, 2012.

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