PDGA's Best Women Disc Golfers in the World: A Look at the Latest Rankings

The latest PDGA world rankings were released early this week, and we saw lots of changes in the rankings for the top male professionals. The best woman professionals in the world, for the most part, did not experience a lot of movement. Here is a look at the highlights of the PDGA world rankings for the women in disc golf.

Valarie Jenkins of Capitola, California, not surprisingly, remains in the number one spot as the best female disc golfer in the world. She's had an amazing year, winning both the PDGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Disc Golf Championships in September, as well as the European Open that was held all the way in Finland this summer. She also had a second place finish at the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships that was held near her home on the central coast of California.

Sarah Stanhope from Greenville, South Carolina, holds on to her position as the second best women disc golf professional in the world. Stanhope is the 2010 World Champion, and she had a victory in the Magnolia Open last month, and finished second behind Jenkins at the PDGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Disc Golf Championships. She's competed against the men in quite a few tournaments this year as well, and came out with an impressive fifth place finish at the South Carolina Flying Disc Championships.

Liz Lopez of San Antonio, Texas is in third place. Lopez finished the recent Veterans Park Open and Oklahoma in second place in addition to a second place finish at the U.S. Women's Disc Golf Championships. She came in third at the PDGA Pro Worlds in August.

At fourth place is the 2011 Women's Disc Golf World Champion, Paige Pierce, of Plano, Texas. At only 20 years old, Pierce already has a long list of accomplishments. Following Pierce, is Sarah Hokom of Charlotte, North Carolina, at fifth place. Hokum placed third at the PDGA Championship, and was the winner of the Vibram Open as well as the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open.

Remaining at sixth and seventh place are Desiree Reading from Texas and Camilla Jernberg from Sweden. In eighth place, is Catrina Allen of Phoenix, Arizona, who has jumped up three spots from 11th place in the last rankings. She was the winner of the Veterans Park Open, the Colorado State Championships, and the Mighty Shunga Open, and many other events this year.

Rounding out the top ten, are Melody King of Portland, Oregon in ninth place, and Carrie Berlogar of Aptos, California in ninth place.

Also of note, Jessie Westphal of Shoreline, Washington, jumped up eight spots, from 28th to a 20th place ranking. Westphal won the Washington State Championships and had an impressive tenth place finish at the PDGA Pro Worlds this summer.

Congratulations to all these amazing women on their great accomplishments, as well as helping to bring the sport of disc golf into the spotlight.

The first time K.C. Dermody played disc golf was in the spectacular Black Hills of South Dakota. She has since become addicted to the sport, and enjoys playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She welcomes comments and suggestions, with the goal of promoting the sport of disc golf throughout the world. Find her on www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter.

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