USC Disc Golf Championships
The first annual University of South Carolina Disc Golf Championships were contested on Saturday, March 20th. The weather was perfect for a full day of disc golf. It was 75°, sunny with a slight breeze blowing across the course. Seven competitors made it out to Earlewood Park Disc Golf Course to try to play their way on to the team that will represent the university at the National Championships next month.
The first round was played on the original Earlewood layout. Tim Jeffreys and Alan Kane kept mistakes to a minimum and hit their birdies when they could. Hudson Harper pulled in a steady round, throwing two birdies and two bogeys to come into the break at even and within striking distance of the lead. Kevin Allison, Tyler Graham and Garrett Wallace ended the first round all within two throws of each other and the newest member of the club, Will Thorsen, threw a respectable 66.
The second round was quite exciting as it was played on the newly designed and much tougher Gamecock layout of the course. With a lot of out-of-bounds hazards, there were sure to be numerous penalty strokes. Garrett made a push to try to beat out Kevin for the fourth spot on the 1st team. Kevin struggled out of the gates, starting off with a double bogey and a bogey and adding three more bogeys on the front nine. He got it together in time and showed some poise on the back nine. He hit three key birdie putts down the stretch and was able to hold off Garrett by two throws. In the process, Garrett did jump Tyler to finish in fifth. Hudson held his own and easily solidified his third place finish, coming in at +1. There was plenty of drama at the top of the leader board throughout the second round. Tim and Alan traded strokes on the first two holes before Alan built his lead to three strokes, but Alan missed the landing on hole four's island green and took a bogey, while Tim scored the birdie. So after the front, the score was the same as when they started, Alan ahead by one.
Alan started the back nine with a bang, parking his drives within fifteen feet of the basket on the first two holes and then sank the birdie putts. Tim would bogey the next hole and Alan hit another birdie two holes later to build a five stroke lead. That was a lead he wouldn't relinquish as the two scored out the rest of the holes equally and with that, Alan Kane won the 2010 USC Disc Golf Championships.
The Gamecock Disc Golf Club presented uniforms to the new team members and club president, Hudson Harper, presented Alan Kane with 2010 Champion trophy. So now, the teams are set and the club can work on honing their skills for the National Championships. Garrett Wallace, Tyler Graham, and Will Thorsen make up the First Flight team and will get some great competition experience playing in the First Flight Division. The championship team will be made up of team Captain Alan Kane, Tim Jeffreys, Hudson Harper, and Kevin Allison. The Gamecocks will compete in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships for the third time in four years. They definitely have their work cut out for them with teams like Oregon, Arkansas, and Mississippi State returning some of their All-American disc golfers from last years' teams. Over 28 schools including Texas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Penn State, Florida, and in-state rival Clemson will converge on Augusta, Georgia's world championship Hippodrome courses April 15th - 18th to try to knock off defending National Champion Mississippi State for the 2010 title.
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