When college sports fans consider some of the great rivalries throughout history, they are sure to include Auburn vs. Georgia, Penn State vs. Ohio State, South Carolina vs. Clemson, and Texas vs. Texas Tech. Schools that most likely would not make the list are Kennesaw State, Alabama-Huntsville, or Tennessee Tech. Yet all of these great institutions are on a collision course this spring, as they prepare for the 2014 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships to be held in North Augusta, South Carolina April 16-19 at the Hippodrome Sports Complex.
The end of the 2013-2014 collegiate disc golf season came to end Saturday with the conclusion of the California Clash and Gateway Collegiate Classic qualifier events. Five schools earned their spots into the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships at those tournaments.
The 2013-2014 Collegiate Disc Golf season kicked off on September 14th. The PDGA and Innova Disc Golf are proud supporters of the collegiate disc golf season and are a great help to our tournament directors and our players.
The University of Cailifornia at Santa Barbara had qualified for the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, but they still had another feat ahead of them. The NCDGC is hosted in North Augusta, South Carolina. They needed to help raise money so they could make the trip. Team Captain, Mike Sale, had an idea to help the Gauchos. There was a world record out there that he had been thinking about, the most disc golf holes played in one day. What better way accomplish this great feat than doing it to help get your team to the crowning event of collegiate disc golf.
After crowning the individual medalist on Saturday evening (Colleen Thompson, representing Illinois State University and Brett Wishon of Kennesaw State), the focus today was on the team competition finals.
Day two of the 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships played host to some very exciting disc golf action. As the players arrived to the Hippodrome complex, they were treated to sunny skies and much better weather than the previous day. The scores were proof of that, as the competitors began to light it up.
ESPN featured Collegiate Disc Golf during the Mississippi State vs. Alabama football game last weekend. The highly anticipated match up of these previously undefeated SEC teams definitely had a sea of viewers watching as they featured coverage from a disc golf match between the two nationally ranked disc golf teams and showed that their rivalry exends far beyond the gridiron.
The thirty-second segment shown below seemed to be foreshadowing as the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the disc golf competition by one throw while the football team went on to secure their big win in the second half.
The first two Premier Events, two General Qualifiers, and one Playoffs Qualifier have already been completed. That means six National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship (NCDGC) spots and four National Qualifier Playoffs (NQP) spots have been earned.
At the Northeastern Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, newcomers Massachusetts-Amherst won and Penn State finished third to win their NCDGC spots.
The South Carolina Gamecocks won the SouthEast Collegiate Open for the second year in a row. However, they had already qualified for this year. Another new team, Kennesaw State, finished second to earn their NCDGC bid, while Georgia Tech took home the second NCDGC spot from the SECO Premier Event.
The Gamecocks took a four throw lead heading into the final round of Team Doubles Sunday Morning. They held their lead over Kennesaw State University, the only team with a realistic shot of catching the leaders. Georgia sat in third place eight off the lead. USC Team Captain Josh Day and Team President Tyler Graham had their team ready to go. They shot the 4th best round of the day and added a thro to their lead to take home the title and the trophy.
Once again, Flex D.G. will be kicking off the collegiate disc golf season with the Northeastern Collegiate Disc Golf Championship II. This year the NECDGC will be one of six Premier tournaments chosen by the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships to award two teams spots in the 2013 Championship. The question is; will anyone besides Penn State show up to represent the northeastern colleges?
The PDGA and the National Collegiate Disc Golf Union are extremely excited about the upcoming 2012-2013 season and can't wait to see the growth of this wonderful faction of our great sport. Collegiate disc golf is a great vehicle to get our sport to the next level. Last year we had over 100 schools participate in a collegiate disc golf tournament. Our goal is to double that this year. Below is the schedule of Qualifier Events. For any and all information about collegiate disc golf, visit NCDGC.com.