Pocket Disc SouthEast Collegiate Open
SECO hosts largest collegiate field other than the National Championships.
The 2012-2013 collegiate disc golf season is starting off with a bang. Last weekend seven teams competed in the Northeastern Collegiate Disc Golf Championships with the University of Massachussets and Penn State earning bids to the National Championships. The NECDGC was the first of six Premier Qualifiers that award two seeds to Nationals held in April. The Pocket Disc SouthEast Collegiate Open is the second Premier of the year.
This weekend the SECO kept its status as the marquis collegiate tournament of the Fall semester. Today the final round of Team Doubles is taking place on the W.R. Jackson Memorial DGC at the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA. Thirty one teams have made their way from all over the Southeast to come compete at one of disc golf's finest facilities. Of the 31 teams, 2 are women's teams, 15 have already earned their way to Nationals, and 14 are seeking to win one of the bids.
After the first day, The South Carolina Gamecocks have stepped out to a four throw lead and are in good shape to defend their title. A win here would definitely boost them in the National Rankings. Newcomers Kennesaw State are sitting in second and barring a meltdown should win one of the bids. In the ladies division, defending National Champions Mississippi State, soared out to an insurmountable lead. The East Tennessee State team had some of last year's team graduate and are playing two new recruits; new to the sport and the ETSU disc golf team.
The singles competition was played on 27 holes, all 18 of the "Steady" Ed Headrick course and the front nine of the Jim Warner course. Ruth Hudson from Western Carolina just beat out Mississippi State's Krystin Nowicki by one throw. Individual National Champion Sara Lamberson from South Carolina finished three throws off the lead.
On the men's side, 27 holes wasn't enough to decide the winner. Georgia's Adam Schneider and South Carolina's Kevin Johnson both shot 14 down and will have to play off for the trophy later today. The sudden death play off will be held following the final doubles round.
Final results will be posted this afternoon and recap coverage soon after.
For more about collegiate disc golf, visit NCDGC.com.