The PDGA's International Disc Golf Center plays host to this week's National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. Photo: Dalton Slantis
When nearly 300 student-athletes representing 41 schools descend upon the South for this week’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, they’ll be doing so at a new venue for the first time in the PDGA Major’s 13-year history.
Fortunately, that new venue is a proven stomping ground for disc golf, with three championship-level courses, a bustling staff, and several professional events on its resume.
It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Singles Day at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, a PDGA Major. Today was the day that all the players in the Championship Flight had been waiting for. An individual National Title was on the line and you couldn’t script the type of finish we saw in both the men’s and the women’s divisions. Amazing putts, big comebacks, favorable bounces and unfortunate rolls; today’s action had it all.
Day two of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship, a PDGA Major, is when the tension really begins to mount. As the dream of becoming a national champion begins to become a reality, an overwhelming combination of pressure and passion daunts even the fiercest competitors. As the players began to trickle onto the course on Thursday morning, they were surprised by the unseasonably cool temperatures and fierce winds. The six courses at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex are known for having a tendency to be breezy, and with such a demand for deadly accuracy, a deft touch is required to manage your way through the course.
The National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, a PDGA Major, is truly an event like no other. Not only is it a team event, which we don’t see too many of throughout the year, but it is an astounding display of emotion and pride. Watching College Disc Golf is best compared to watching the NCAA basketball tournament; you might enjoy seeing the pros, but nowhere else will you see a better demonstration of teamwork, camaraderie, passion, talent and intelligence. These kids have worked hard to put themselves in the position to win a National Championship, but you would never know something that prestigious was on the line the way they cheer each other on and enjoy every minute of it.
18 months ago, I could have never seen myself in the position I am in today. At 6:00am, as I was struggling to finish my 1,200th hole of the day, 21 hours in, I told myself that there was absolutely no way I would ever take on an event of this magnitude again. Clearly, I was mistaken. I had no way of knowing that the months of May and June would once again bring me to attempt to play disc golf for 24 hours straight and propel myself into Guinness' archives as a World Record Holder.
The start of the 2014 - 2015 Collegiate Disc Golf Season is fast approaching. Our schedule is packed with more events than ever and we are happy to announce that we will have 25 Qualifier Events for this year's National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. Due to another superb year of growth, we had to adjust how we compose the qualifier schedule. We have had influx of applications for events and the system we had just wasn't flexible enough to garner the growth.
The College Disc Golf National Championship has already invited back the top 16 finishers and the First Flight and Second Flight Champion teams from the 2014 National Championships to the 2015 event. We will host a field of 72 teams in the Championship division for our 2015 tournament. That means there are 54 spots to award through our rankings, invitations, and qualifying events throughout the year.
We are presenting an opportunity for your area to host one of these events.
There will be four types of qualifier tournaments in the 2014-2015 season, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
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.