NORTH AUGUSTA — Recent history suggests it’s possible there’s some pressure on Augusta State.
But as Jason Lynn discussed with teammate Patrick May, they don’t see it that way.
Regardless, Augusta State started this year’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships on solid footing, scoring 12-under-par 50 to tie for second place in Thursday’s round on the Headrick Hills course at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex.
Colorado State shot a bogey-free 47 to take the first-round lead.
Augusta State is tied for second place with University of Alabama in Huntsville and North Carolina State.
The Jaguars won it all in 2010 and came in second a year ago, but were loose on Thursday as they tied for the second-best score on the day, which used a doubles format.
“We’ve already done it,” Lynn said. “There’s no pressure on us, but there’s still jitters.”
While the First Flight competitors played on the Moody Woods course, the championship level players walked Headrick Hills.
It’s a par-62 course that features a long No. 1 hole that spans more than 1,000 feet, essentially calling for multiple drives.
The top teams will look to create even more space in the coming days, as two rounds of singles play are planned for today and Saturday. The long drive finals is also scheduled at 6 tonight.
With many more rounds on deck, Thursday’s scores won’t simply cement the leaders at the top.
However, Colorado State got the start it was hoping to get.
As players returned following their Thursday round, they huddled around the board, looking at scores. The Rams’ 47 stood out, drawing out impressed reactions, including a “that’s crazy.”
“That is what we wanted to do,” Colorado State’s Austin Montgomery said. “Everything was working. We played well as a team. If one of us missed, another one made it.”