NORTH AUGUSTA — Georgia Regents didn’t shy away from competition in the opening rounds of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships on Wednesday; it welcomed it.
After 40 holes of alternate-shot team doubles at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, the Jaguars looked right at home as they took a share of the lead at 28-under 93. The team birdied 15 of the final 20 holes to tie Nevada.
“I feel like if you play against the top-tier teams, you’re going to elevate your game,” Georgia Regents’ Jason Lynn said. “We knew that we were going to have to be on top of it, and we made some big shots today. We have a long way to go, though.”
The Jaguars were paired with the Kennesaw State Owls, anchored by 2013 NCDGC men’s singles champion Brett Wishon, through the first round of the day on the Hippodrome’s Old Glory course. They managed to shake off an ace by Kennesaw State’s Andrew Wishon on No. 6 to finish the round 13-under par.
Entering the second round, Georgia Regents was tied with Alabama-Huntsville, the team that led for most of the tournament a year ago.
The Jaguars once again rose to the occasion, methodically pulling away from the Chargers, at one point leading by as many as four strokes.
They finished the second round with a one-shot lead over the Chargers at 15-under par.
Alabama-Huntsville is alone in third place at 27-under 94.
USC Aiken entered the first day of the tournament with its back against the wall as it fought to earn one of the 20 remaining spots to compete for the men’s team title.
The Pacers survived by posting a score of 20-under 101 on the day, which was good enough for a three-way tie for 13th place.
The Humboldt State women’s team has a 24-shot lead over Oregon at 3-under 122. Mississippi State, which won here the past two years, is third at 152.
Reach Travis Highfield at (706) 823-3339