Golden Eagles soar to title in disc golf



NORTH AUGUSTA — Tennessee Tech ended the final round of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships on Sunday the same way it began – in the water.

The second time, however, was for the celebratory pond dive that has become somewhat of a tradition for the men’s national championship team.

Tennessee Tech finished the back 10 strong with a final-round score of 55 and ended the doubles competition at 61-under 555. Colorado State tied with Mississippi State at 60-under 556, but the Bulldogs were awarded second place with a final round score of 52.

“It feels pretty amazing,” Tennessee Tech’s Alex Callis said of the school’s first collegiate disc golf title. “It’s surreal. I don’t think it has fully set in yet, but when it does, it’ll feel great.”

The Golden Eagles were paired with 2012 men’s champion Colorado State for the final round, holding a one-shot lead over the Rams.

Tennessee Tech found itself in trouble early on, landing drives in the water hazard on No. 1 and sailing out of bounds on No. 2. Colorado State took advantage of the miscues to surge into the lead with 18 holes remaining.

But the wind had other plans. Facing a strong headwind, both Colorado State drives flew on the wrong side of the mandatory totem pole in the center of No. 9. After teeing up for a second time, both drives sailed far out of bounds for the Rams, forcing them to settle for a triple bogey.

“We played a flawless round, minus one hole,” Colorado State captain Austin Montgomery said. “A lot of mental errors (on No. 10). We’re just trying to keep our heads up.”

The Mississippi State women’s team completed a successful title defense with a total of 55-over 658.

The first flight title belongs to Texas State, which earned the title with a total of 49-under 561.

In his final national championship tournament appearance at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Club, Georgia Regents University senior Jason Lynn became the only player to get first team All-American honors four times.

“I’m humbled by the whole thing,” Lynn said. “To be the first one, and the only one up to this point, as many times as this tournament has been here, it’s really a great honor.”

USC Aiken captain Walton Satcher received second team All-America honors in the Pacers’ debut.