NORTH AUGUSTA — High winds and trees disrupted plenty of drives during the second day of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, but Colorado State felt right at home.
The Rams, who are accustomed to playing in high winds and open fields, owned the Moody Woods and Headrick Hills courses of the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex on Thursday, overtaking Georgia Regents as the leader at 52-under 194.
If the Rams can hold on to the lead through the singles competition today, they will have made the lead card for the final round of the tournament for the third consecutive year. The team finished a shot behind Tennessee Tech in the final round last year.
“I’ve been telling (the team) that this is a long tournament and that no one shot needs to be focused on so much that you miss the putt,” said Colorado State’s Austin Montgomery, the only remaining member of Colorado State’s 2012 championship team.
Georgia Regents shared the lead with Nevada to start the day, but both struggled on the heavily wooded Moody Woods course.
A 45-foot putt by Dakota Bailey sparked a late run by the Jaguars to move them to 10-under-par through the first round.
But strong showings by Colorado State and Alabama-Huntsville forced the Jaguars into third entering the second round of the day.
Georgia Regents shot 10-under on the Headrick Hills course, which leaves them alone in second place at 48-under 198.
“The way these courses played today, it was all about holding on,” Georgia Regent’s Clint Kuglar said.
The Rams and Chargers traded shots for much of the second round, but Colorado State took the advantage when two Alabama-Huntsville drives landed out-of-bounds on No. 18. The Chargers settled for a quadruple bogey and ended the day in a three-way tie at 46-under 200.
In the women’s competition, Humboldt State has all but locked up the championship trophy. The Lumberjacks hold a 42-shot lead over Oregon at 2-over 252.