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United States Amateur Disc Golf Championships

United States Amateur Disc Golf Championships

Robert Burridge is the 2021 USADGC Champion. Photo: Mike Downes / PDGA

Touted as one of the last stops in the disc golf amateur ranks, the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championships has helped spark the professional careers of a number of players in its 20-year history.

Add Robert Burridge to that list.

Burridge capped a wire-to-wire victory on Sunday at the famed Toboggan course in Milford, Michigan to bring home a PDGA Amateur Major title.

Sheldon Shinn had the hot round at the Toboggan on Saturday in Michigan. Photo: Mike Downes / PDGA

Toboggan is a test of disc golf skill in more ways than one. It demands accuracy, control and distance.

The physical demands of the elevation-filled course are just as important.

After a slow start to the second round of the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship, a PDGA Amateur Major, first-round leader Robert Burridge took off on the back half, finishing strong to build a four-stroke lead heading into Championship Sunday in Milford, Michigan.

Houston's Robert Burridge set the pace after the first round of the USADGC. Photo: Mikes Downes / PDGA

It’s not easy entering a tournament as the highest-rated player in the field and a target on your back.

Robert Burridge held up to the task.

Burridge went 6-down through 13 holes on the way to a 7-under 56 to build a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the 2021 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championships, a PDGA Amateur Major, on Friday at the famed Toboggan Course in Milford, Michigan.

Burridge, from Houston, Texas, is the highest-rated player in the 156-player Advanced field.

Twenty years ago, the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship was created to test the next generation of disc golf professionals.

A look at the previous winners, especially in recent years, has proven that the goal has been accomplished.

Now, it's time to see who is next.

Over 150 players from throughout the country will tackle the famed Toboggan Course in Milford, Michigan for the 20th running of the USADGC, a PDGA Amateur Major Event, beginning Friday.

At the final round of the 2015 United States Amateur Disc Golf Championship, 15 year old disc golf prodigy Anthony Barela #44382 started in the lead by one and never looked back. After just three holes, he had already gained two additional throws on 17 year old Matthew Kashima #43528, carding an eagle on the uphill par five Hole 2 and a birdie on the 915' par four downhill Hole 3. Kashima, having set the USADGC course record two days prior, did his best to keep Barela from running away with it. In the end, there was simply no stopping him.

"That was the best round I've ever seen anyone play here." That's what Jeff Kaluk, father of Andrew Kaluk #35027, said after watching 15 year old Anthony Barela #44382 hit a birdie putt from 30 feet on Hole 18 to finish Round 1 of the 2015 USADGC with a nine under par, 53. That's a bold statement, considering Jeff and Andrew Kaluk are locals and have likely seen and played more rounds on the Toboggan course than most.