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2023 NADGT National Championship - Final Recap

Sunday, November 5, 2023 - 23:02

With their final rounds on Saturday, multiple new champions were crowned at the 2023 NADGT National Championships presented by Lone Star Disc.

Throughout the week, eleven different amateur divisions competed on ten different courses in Austin, Texas as players from all over the country gathered together to test their skills against some of the best amateurs in the United States.


Battle to the End

As they made their way through Roy G. Guerrero Park, the FA1 division attempted to catch up to Rebecca Minnick, who started the final round five strokes ahead of a three-person tie for 2nd place. Minnick finished in 3rd place after each of the first two rounds but jumped up into 1st after shooting even par on the Circle C Ranch course on day 3. This 917-rated round was not only the hot round of the weekend for the FA1 field, but beat the previous day’s hot round at the same course by four strokes.

“I had a five-stroke lead,” Minnick said of her lead going into the final round, “Then these girls just started whittling away at it and I was like, ‘I’ve got to start picking it up.’”

Despite the pressure of her card mates steadily picking up strokes, Minnick held onto the lead throughout the entire round. After hole 15, Minnick’s lead had diminished to just one stroke over Kimberly Dickerson and Emma Kudrik. Just when she needed some momentum, Minnick made a clutch putt from circle’s edge on hole 16 to take her first birdie of the day.


“On 16 is where I got my confidence back, made the big circle 2 putt,” Minnick said after the final round, “I probably felt the most nervous on Hole 17 and then going into 18 just trying to finish it out. I knew I had the two-stroke lead but man, what a whirlwind.”

Minnick held onto her two-stroke lead through the next two holes and tapped in one final putt to become the 2023 FA1 NADGT National Champion.



In the MA1 division, Corbin Milchesky shot the hot round on day one to start off with a four-stroke lead, extended his lead to six strokes in the second round, and then found himself with a nine-stroke lead going into the final round. All Milchesky had to do was avoid disaster as the MA1 field made their way back to Roy G. Guerrero Park for one last round.

“I think I won this in the first and second round for sure and just held on,” Milchesky said of building up a huge lead in the opening rounds.

While each round saw plenty of other players shooting hot scores, Milchesky was able to consistently play at a high level to keep other players from catching up as the other names on the leaderboard shuffled around. While not as flashy as his first two rounds, Milchesky had a solid final round to keep his nine-stroke lead and go wire-to-wire with a 1013 average rating for the weekend.

“I came to NADGT prepared for the first round, prepared for the second round. Mentality-wise, I don’t think I was there third and fourth round. I was just soaking in all the glory, having fun,” Milchesky said of staying just focused enough to maintain the lead, but essentially taking a victory lap when it became clear that no one would catch up.


With one final jump putt to take a birdie on the 18th hole, Milchesky became the 2023 MA1 NADGT National Champion.

As well as Rebecca Minnick and Corbin Milchesky, the other winners of the 2023 NADGT National Championships include:

  • MA40: Landon Williams
  • FA40: Brenda Wiltgen
  • MA50: Matt Pledger
  • FA50: Jacquelyn Rieser
  • MA60: Mike Dammes
  • MA2: Colton Lawless
  • FA2: Isabella Parker
  • MA3: Carter Martinson
  • FA3: Lauren Philpott

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