The 2013-2014 collegiate disc golf season is starting to take shape. Two weeks ago the Great Lakes Collegiate Open kicked it off. The GLCO was not only the first event of the season, but it was also the first of six Premier Qualifiers that award two Bye Seeds to Nationals held in April. The Innova SouthEast Collegiate Open is the second Premier of the year.
This weekend the SECO kept its status as the largest collegiate qualifier of the year. Twenty four teams made their way from all over the Southeast to come compete at one of disc golf's finest facilities, the International Disc Golf Center in Appling, GA. Of the 24 teams, 10 had already earned their way to Nationals, and 14 were seeking to win one of the three bids, Two Bye Seeds and one 1st Round Seed.
The tournament was contested over three rounds, two of Team Doubles and one singles. The singles competition was played on 27 holes, all 18 of the "Steady" Ed Headrick Memorial course and the front nine of the Jim Warner Memorial course. The doubles were played on the Jim Warner and W.R. Jackson Memorial courses.
After the first round, Team Doubles on Warner, Georgia Tech led by one over the defending National Champions Tennessee Tech and the Rebels from Ole Miss. The second round was singles and always proves to be very important as it accounts for 60 percent of each team's total score.
For the singles format, the three best of each team’s four rounds counts towards the team total. As the cards came in, it looked as if Tennessee Tech was pulling away as two of their players came in with clubhouse leading rounds of 13 under and a third at 12 under. But, as the teams from the farther holes started to come in, a familiar team showed they had other plans. The two-time defending SECO champion South Carolina Gamecocks carded two 17 under 79’s and an 11 under 85. Though Stephen Trello’s and Josh Day’s spectacular rounds had pushed the team to a four throw lead, it wasn’t quite enough to win the individual title. South Alabama’s Andrew Montgomery took home that trophy by one stroke with his 78. The women’s individual title went to Courtney Sumner of Georgia Regents University-Augusta.
South Carolina had played their way to a four stroke lead, the same lead they took last year going into the final round. The Gamecocks had dominated Sunday the last two years to take the win. Could they hold on again? They answered that question with a huge yes. They broke the Team Doubles course record with a 10 under 59. 60 had been shot three times, once by Mississippi State at last year’s event and also by two teams at this year’s National Team Challenge. That blazing score vaulted the Gamecocks to a seven stroke win and to the three-peat. USC remains undefeated at the IDGC. The only SECO they didn’t win was hosted at Flyboy Aviation DGC in 2010 where they took fourth.
The Gamecocks won the SECO trophy, but there were other teams just as excited as they were as they earned their way to the National Championships. The South Alabama Jaguars and Kennesaw State Owls upgraded the 1st Round Seeds they had to Bye Seeds. That meant that along with the 1st Round seed given to the tournament, their two now vacant 1st Round Seeds would also be awarded. Georgia Tech used that hot first round and steady play after that to take one. Ole Miss and East Tennessee State took the other two. This will be the first year the Mississippi Rebels will play at Nationals.
The Gamecocks win should bump them up in the Innova-Champion Collegiate Disc Golf Rankings. The next release will be out on Wednesday, October 2nd. Currently they sit in 5th, but by beating 3rd ranked Georgia and with Alabama-Huntsville not playing this weekend, they’ll look to jump at least a couple spots.
It was a wonderful weekend of disc golf. The teams enjoyed not only the golf but also the side events the tournament staff puts on. There was a Dueling Rings of Fire where DGA’s Collegiate Clash program gave a brand new Mach Lite basket to the winner, a Hott Shott putting competition hosted by the local team, Georgia Regents University, and the player favorite Light Up the IDGC night round presented by NightFlightDiscGolf.com. The players also went home with awesome player packs which included a tournament stamped umbrella, two provided meals, LED lights for night golf, a mini or sticker and quite the special disc. Innova wowed the players by taking the time to hand pick Atlases to coordinate with each team’s school colors.
Needless to say, everyone had an awesome time launching their 2013-2014 season and we have a lot to look forward to this year. There are still two Premier and three Select Qualifiers this Fall.
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 Great Lakes Collegiate Open was the Upper Midwest Region's Premier Qualifier and was contested over two days in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The teams were competing for two of the coveted Bye Seed Qualifications and one First Round Seed Qualification to the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.
On Saturday, the weather was perfect for throwing plastic through the trees and into baskets. The Blue Gill Disc Golf Course is one of the many gems in Michigan. Its 24 hole layout would push the teams with a Team Doubles round in the morning and singles competition in the afternoon.
After the first round, Western Michigan held a one throw lead over cross-state rivals Eastern Michigan. Michigan State and Grand Valley State sat four off the lead and Ferris State was one throw behind those two. The singles rounds were extremely important as they made up 85% of the final team scores. Western Michigan had no problem stepping up. After the 24 holes, they had stretched their lead to eleven. It was surely a good lead, but not insurmountable. Especially seeing that Eastern Michigan's Pat Burke was capable of some great golf. His 64 came in with an unofficial rating of 1056. That hot round was also only two off of the current course record. 18 holes at Kalamazoo's Oshtemo Town Park course stood between the WMU Broncos and winning their collegiate disc golf debut.
Sunday was nowhere near as nice for being outside. There was a chill in the air and a steady drizzle of rain throughout the day. EMU's Pat Burke would shoot the hot round again with a 1006 rated 55, but the depth of the Western Michigan team was too good. Western came in nine throws better than Eastern and had taken the win by twenty. The Broncos won the title of Great Lakes Collegiate Open Champion, a Bye Seed to the National Championships, four 2014 PDGA memberships for the team members, and perhaps most important, bragging rights over their rivals until the next event. Also earning their way to the NCDGC were Eastern Michigan with a Bye Seed and Michigan State with a First Round Seed. Team Results Individual Results
GLCO Champions - Western Michigan University
GLCO Runners-up - Eastern Michigan University
Results from the second event of the season, the Upper Midwest Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, from this past weekend will be updated soon. The largest qualifier of the season and the Southeast's Premier Qualifier, SouthEast Collegiate Open, is this coming weekend. Watch PDGA.com and NCDGC.com for coverage of the SECO.
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on July 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's almost as if this was scripted. On the heels of the PDGA Amateur World Championships, where 7 competitors that played collegiately last season, and a few more that will be joining teams this season, had some great performances, the NCDGC is announcing its schedule of qualifier events that will make up the 2013-2014 season. The Advanced Women Champion, Colleen Thompson, won the individual national title and earned All-American honors at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in April competing for Illinois State University and followed it up with an Amateur World Title last week. All 6 other collegiate competitors (Mike Sale, Robert Davis, Ryan Kastle, Philip Tait, Jake Lauber, and Jake LaPutka) at Worlds made the semifinals, with Lauber also making the Finals and finishing 3rd in the Juniors <19 division. So, on the heels of their great play, the NCDGC breaks out its calendar of events.
The 2013 - 2014 NCDGC Season is made up of 17 events that will award 40 berths to the 2014 National Championships to be held in April of next year. Those 40 berths are in addition to the 20 more that the NCDGC awards to teams through other qualification criteria. 60 teams will travel to Augusta, GA next spring to try to have on of these custom baskets made in their honor.
There are two levels of qualifiers in the 2013-2014 season, Premier and Select. Each Premier event will award two Bye Seeds to the two highest finishing teams and Select Events will award two 1st Round Seeds to the highest finishing teams. Bye seeds are coveted by teams and ensure their continued play in the top flight of the National Championship throughout the tournament. 1st Round seeds will have to prove their skills over the first two rounds as that field gets divided following the opening day of competition. Out of the 40 teams in the 1st Round seed field, 20 will continue their quest for the National Championship, and 20 will move on to the First Flight Championships.
The PDGA is a great partner for the NCDGC and has and continues to help us experience the amazing progress and growth in this faction of our wonderful sport. With their help, we are proud to be where we’re at today, releasing this impressive schedule of great events.
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on June 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Written by: Betty White
Disc is a documentary following the story of Colleen Thompson as she makes her way into the professional world of Disc Golf! I have been filming her for the past few months as she trains, plays, and competes. This July she is going to compete in the Amateur Worlds Disc Golf tournament where she hopes to take the gold!
We are currently raising money for the travel expenses of the final trip in the documentary filming. Our kickstarter fund could use just $200 more and we have the entire trip covered. Even a dollar is greatly appreciated, but even if you don't want to donate please share our link. The more people that know the better chances we have. Thank you so much! Lets bring home the disc!
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on June 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Today the NCDGC announces a couple changes to the 2014 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships Tournament Schedule.
The tournament will be contested Wednesday April 16th through Saturday April 19th, 2014.
All teams will begin play on Wednesday, instead of just the 1st Round Seeds. The final round will end on Saturday afternoon and will be followed by the awards ceremony. This change was made to accomodate teams traveling from long distances and to minimize the burden of missing classes to only one portion of one week as oppose to the travel lasting into the following week.
An updated version of the Tournament Flow Chart is below and visually displays how teams play and advance through the tournament. On Wednesday, the 40 1st Round Seed Qualifiers will all play the Hogback then Old Glory - Blue courses. At the same time, the 20 Bye Seed Qualifiers and the 20 First Flight teams will play Old Glory - Blue then Hogback. The Women will start the tournament playing Headrick Hills and Moody Woods.
Following play on Wednesday, the top 20 of the 1st Round Seeds will continue play in the National Championship with the 20 Bye Seed teams. The 21st-40th place 1st Round Seed teams will join the initial 20 teams in the First Flight Championships and complete the tournament there. This format change allows all scores to carry over.
All teams will play on Saturday morning. Following the Saturday morning Team Doubles round, cuts will be made in each championship. The top 20 teams in the National Championship advance to the Team Finals in the afternoon along with the top 10 Women's National Championship Teams and the top 4 First Flight Championship teams.
The course schedule has also been determined, Here's what you all will get to play next spring:
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on May 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Pre-Season Tournament Director Information
The NCDGU has already invited back the top 16 finishers and the top First Flight team from the 2013 National Championships to the 2014 event and will host a field of 60 teams in the Championship division for our 2014 event. That leaves 43 spots to award through our rankings, invitations, and qualifying events to be hosted throughout the year.
There will be two types of qualifiers in the 2013-2014 season, Premier and Select. Premier events will award two Bye Seeds each to the highest two teams that haven’t yet earned a Bye Seed. Select Events will award one or two 1st Round Seeds to the highest team(s) that haven’t yet qualified. If a team wins a Bye Seed at a Premier and had earned a 1st Round Seed, that 1st Round Seed will be awarded to the highest-finishing team at that event that hasn’t yet qualified.
12 Bye Seeds will be awarded at six Premier Qualifiers. The Premier Qualifier status will be given to the same six events as last year if the Tournament Directors and locations submit the necessary forms and agree to some new qualifications. (Please note that it is the goal for the best event in each region to have the Premier Qualifier. As we grow, we will look to rotate the Premiers among the NCDGC’s best events within each region.)
28 1st Round Seeds will be awarded at the Select Events. Depending on the number applications, we may award two 1st Round Seeds to some events and one to others. Several factors will be weighed if we’re in a position to award two spots to some Select events: new event v. established event, previous event size, saturation of events in region, and saturation of teams in region.
ALL Tournament directors interested in hosting a 2013-2014 NCDGC Qualifier should contact us immediately to let us know your intentions. Following that, please fill out the Event Application below and submit it to us no later than June 21, 2013.
Great news!!! The NCDGC and the PDGA have partnered up for the 2013-2014 season. All NCDGC Premier events this season will be PDGA Sanctioned and all Select events are strongly encouraged to be.
In support of collegiate disc golf, the PDGA will be providing some great incentives to all PDGA sanctioned qualifiers. The details of all the incentives are being worked on now and will be provided as soon as possible. Some of the things that can already be expected are:
· The NCDGC will aid you in getting your provided event articles published to the PDGA website
· INSURANCE to cover your event
· PDGA ratings for singles rounds
Events will be required to follow all PDGA tournament and competition standards with exception to team format rules. That includes all financial obligations to the PDGA (sanctioning fee, non-member fees, player fees).
All events are also required to follow all of the same eligibility requirements of the NCDGC. All Premier events shall have at least 54 holes of competition.
Premier events will be given first choice for event dates. There will not be any overlapping event dates of events in the same or bordering regions. All events must be held within the specified season and semester dates: Fall 2013: August 21st – November 20th; Spring 2014: January 15th – March 19th.
The 2014 National Championships will be held on April 16th – 20th, 2014.
Qualifier Event Application
Please fill out application as accurately as possible and submit via email to email@example.com by June, 21st, 2013.
Prospective Event date(s) please include a prime date and two alternates:
Preferred TD email:
Tournament City, State:
Proposed Tournament Format (Include total number of rounds, number of doubles and singles rounds. If you plan on using any playing format other than Team Doubles and or Team Singles, please specify.):
Tournament Support (Please provide information on any club, organization, or institution that will be offering support for the tournament. This could be your volunteer base, the local disc golf club, a school student organization, any major financial supporters, or any other form of support that will aid your event.):
# of Teams at previous events (please provide year and number of teams, i.e. 2012 -> 8; 2013 -> 13):
Host experience (please briefly summarize your experience as a tournament director and/or host club):
As always, please feel free contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions you have. Thank you for your help in taking our sport to the next level and making disc golf history!!
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on April 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Several discs have been returned to us since the tournament. We have listed the ones that have names on them. We have created a return service item in our NCDGC Store, so we can arrange getting it back to you. The return service is just $3.99 and just covers our shipping costs. Any additional discs found will be added to this list and the store item.
There is only one that was unmarked. If you think that is yours, please email email@example.com and tell us the model, color, plastic and stamp color. If it isn't the one we have found, we'll keep an eye out for it. If it is, we'll arrange to get it shipped back to you.
Brett Wishon - Star Destroyer
Dillon Hunt - Star Destroyer
Josh Beste - DX Roc
Katelyn Cooley - R-Pro Dart
Aaron Wilkins - Champion Wraith
Jake Lapotka - Champion Krait
Harrison Nickels - Champion Katana
Stephen Mattingly - Champion Valkyrie
Stephen Mattigly - Ti Nuke
Manny Deleon - PDGA personalized Mini
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on April 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
The University of Cailifornia at Santa Barbara had already 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. There was a lot more involved than he initially thought, but he kept at it and organized the event and his attempt. Sale captured the experience in this first hand account of one amazing day playing this sport we all love.
The event helped raise the necessary funding and the UCSB Gauchos made it to the National Championships. The team finished tied for 15th and Mike finished 2nd in the Individual Competition, earning First-Team All-American honors.
First Hand World Record Attempt
by Mike Sale
The day before the event, I spent the entire day...continue reading the full article at PDGA.com.
Watch video coverage of the event here:
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on April 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to the top competitors on their outstanding achievement at the 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.
The 2013 All-Americans are:
First Team All-America
Brett Wishon - Kennesaw State
Mike Sale - California-Santa Barbara
Tyler Liebman - Colorado State
Brennan Billow - Ferris State
Connor Thompson - Clemson
Joey Lane - Iowa State
Matt Norris - Mississippi State
Michael Hoffman - Tennessee Tech
Mason Carruth - Kennesaw State
Jason Lynn - Georgia Regents-Augusta
Second Team All-America
Billy Plant - Purdue
Andrew Fish - Georgia Tech
Bryan Hoffman - Narth Carolina-Charlotte
◦Eric McBurney - California State University-Monterey Bay
Brent Whitehead - Tennessee Tech
Nicholas Gross - Massachusets-Amherst
Walton Satcher - South Carolina-Aiken
Nicholas Easterbrook - Humboldt State
Graham White - South Carolina
Aaron Konichek - Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Women's First Team All-America
Colleen Thompson - Illinois State
Krystin Nowicki - Mississippi State
Camille Skweir - Humboldt State
Any ties for a final spot on any All-American team were broken by Finals round score.
|Posted by National Collegiate Disc Golf Union on April 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
As you know, the National Championships is the first chance for teams to qualify for the next year's Championships. The winner of the First Flight division at the NCDGC is awarded the very first spot for the following year. Here is a breakdown of what teams qualified for the 2014 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.
First Flight Championships
Finish - Team - 2014 Qualification
1st - Texas State - 1st Round Seed
Finish - Team - 2014 Qualification
*Tied for 15th - Clemson - 1st Round Seed
*Tied for 15th - Arkansas - 1st Round Seed
14th - North Carolina State - 1st Round Seed
13th - Wisconsin-Stevens Point - 1st Round Seed
12th - Kansas - 1st Round Seed
Tied for 10th - Kennesaw State - 1st Round Seed
Tied for 10th - South Alabama - 1st Round Seed
9th - California State University-Monterey Bay - 1st Round Seed
Tied for 7th - Ferris State - Bye Seed
Tied for 7th - South Carolina - Bye Seed
6th - Georgia Regents-Augusta - Bye Seed
5th - Alabama-Huntsville - Bye Seed
4th - Purdue - Bye Seed
Tied for 2nd - Colorado State - Bye Seed
Tied for 2nd - Mississippi State - Bye Seed
1st - Tennessee Tech - Bye Seed
*The three-way tie for 15th was broken via Finals round score.