Members of the Mississippi State and Liberty University disc golf teams celebrate their NCDGC titles. Photo: Josh Black
Though neither team broke much of a sweat, a celebratory dip in the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex’s pond was in order after Mississippi State University and Liberty University comfortably cruised to National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship titles Saturday afternoon. The spontaneous swim – which was a bit chilly given the 85-degree temperatures – gave the new Championship Flight and Women’s Flight winners an opportunity to bond.
The topic of conversation? Their massive margins of victory, of course.
Clemson's Alex Lambert held on for a two-shot victory in the NCDGC's Individual Women's Flight. Photo: Josh Black
Alex Lambert is the only woman on a 12-strong contingent from Clemson University that made the two-and-a-half hour in-state trek to this week’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. So when the spotlight was on and it was time to represent for the Tigers, the freshman mathematical sciences major answered the call.
University of Texas grad student and NCDGC Individual Champion Andrew Lowrie. Photo: Dalton Slantis
After shooting two modest rounds Thursday at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, the University of Texas’ Andrew Lowrie was relegated to the fourth card for the event’s Championship Flight Individual Final 9. He was content to try to move up a few places in the standings and maybe break into the top 10, which would qualify him as an All-American, so he talked strategy with a teammate and came up with a plan to keep his approaches safe on the elevated, mounded baskets at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex’s Dunipace Dunes course.
Joey Antosca (far left) and his UMass-Amherst teammates. Photo: Josh Black
University of Massachusetts-Amherst junior Joey Antosca has only been playing disc golf for two years. In that short time, he has amassed a 950 player rating and, in related news, some occasional jealousy from fellow players.
“Yes,” Antosca said with a laugh. “And I tell them I’m jealous of the people who started when they were 10 years old as opposed to 19 years old.”
Now, the 21-year-old operations and information management major has another reason to engender envy: He’s a National Disc Golf Champion.
Tournament central at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships provides a birds-eye view. Photo: Dalton Slantis
When 270 student-athletes from 36 universities descend upon the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex this week for the 2018 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, they’ll be met with changes. Only four of the South Carolina facility’s six courses will be in use for the event, with the most notable difference being that perennial championship course Old Glory has been shelved for the four-day, eight-round tournament.