NORTH AUGUSTA — Colorado State built upon its first-day lead to hold a nine-stroke advantage after Friday’s play in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.
In the championship tournament, the Rams posted the low round of the day (169) to propel them to a two-day total of 403, solidifying their top spot earned on Thursday’s doubles play.
The Rams held a three-stroke lead over Alabama-Huntsville coming into Friday’s singles action.
After a second-round 198 from the Chargers dropped them to sixth, it gave Colorado State a nine-shot cushion over South Alabama, which posted 170 in the first round on Friday.
The Rams’ low individual round came from Austin Montgomery, who shot 53-63–116, good for second place.
The low round of the day was a three-way tie between Zack Johnson of Murray State, Harrison Lerario of Appalachian State and Jared Neal of Alabama-Huntsville, eachwith 114.
Augusta State remained consistent, ending the day where it started in third place, although the Jaguars dropped to 14 strokes off the lead.
Patrick May had the low rounds for the Jaguars at 59–60–119, putting him in a tie for fifth.
“I feel like the conditions were perfect, and the day was beautiful,” Augusta State’s Holton Brinson said. “Old Glory plays hard in the wind, so we were glad it wasn’t a factor today.”
Players attributed easier playing conditions to lower scores, especially the lack of wind and shorter grass.
“(Old Glory) is a hard course, but there wasn’t a lot of wind, which made it perfect,” Mississippi State’s Jeremy Butler said. “Last year, we faced 30 mph winds and 80 was a good score, but it was easier to deal with today.”
Defending-champion Oregon sits in 10th after posting 428.
Top-ranked Purdue is in 13th following consecutive rounds of 189, which moved the Boilermakers up five spots, only five strokes out of the top 10.
In the first flight tournament, Mississippi State received the two lowest scores on the day to propel the Bulldogs to first place.
The Bulldogs received the lowest total score of the day from Chris Hawkins (120), giving him first place
Mississippi State’s third total counting score for the day was William Glover’s 131, who had 62 in Round 2.
Texas State posted a team total of 374, placing them in second for the tournament at 431.