The 2011-2012 Collegiate Disc Golf regular season comes to a close this weekend.
The 2011-2012 collegiate disc golf season has been busy the past few weeks with two qualifiers last weekend, one in late Februaury and three more slated to go down this weekend. The regular season ends this weekend and we'll know 38 of the 40 teams that will have chance to play for the National Championship. The last two spots will be awarded at the National Qualifier Playoffs, a two-round play-off tournament held the day before the championship begins.
This looks to be the most competitive championship yet. The growth of collegiate disc golf has garnered a lot of new teams showing up to qualifiers and stealing the spot light. Couple that with the existing teams drawing more talent from their campus population and we get parody like the collegiate disc golf world hasn't seen before.
The season started with North Carolina State taking their first win at the Northeastern Collegiate Disc Golf Championships and East Tennessee State jumping into the mainstream taking second. The drama continued at the SouthEast Collegiate Open that was held at the International Disc Golf Center last October. After the first day, there were seven teams within five strokes of the lead. The South Carolina Gamecocks showed that they were planning a run for the title by beating the 20 other teams in the field. At the Iowa Collegiate DGCs, Kansas stunned the field and secured their spot at the 2012 National Championships with a statement win. Two weeks later, Illinois placed second to Purdue in their debut earning their spot and surprising everybody. They also finished third at last weekend's Gateway Collegiate Classic shooting them up to second in the national rankings. Georgia Tech earned their spot at the Georgia CDGC's with a win over two-time National Champion and in-state rival, Georgia. Liberty University, also a first year team, won their bid at the West Virginia Collegiate Qualifier with a 1st place debut. California State University at Monterey Bay beat out defending National Champion Oregon at the West Coast College Open.
The spring qualifiers have been just as unpredictable. South Alabama, yet another first year team, stormed in at the Alabama Slammer and won by 21 throws. The impressive line up of teams in attendance made the win even more amazing. At the Liberty Flame Thrower tournament, East Tennessee State reared their heads again and took home their first win and Appalachian State earned their way to the big show. While ETSU, was winning there, Purdue was busy showing that they could match and outdo South Alabama's huge win. They won with a 22 throw advantage over second place Western Illinois and the rest of the 22 team field.
This will be a historic weekend for collegiate disc golf as the three qualifiers are the most there has been at one time. Adding to that, the west coast is getting their second tournament ever in the Northwest Collegiate Invitational and the Rocky Mountain CDGCs in Colorado is the first ever qualifier for that region of the country. The Georgia Tech Invitational is set to host their largest field of 19 teams in downtown Atlanta. So, the weekend is approaching and the culmination of the 2011-2012 collegiate disc golf regular season will end with a bang. Then, before you know it, you'll be watching the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships live on DiscGolfPlanet.tv on April 12th - 15th.
For everything about collegiate disc golf, including team lists, rankings, and championship information, head over to www.NCDGC.com.