All Alabama-Huntsville could do is watch while Ferris State hacked away at its lead.
Fair weather benefited the Bulldogs as they birdied nine of the last ten holes in the third round of doubles play to pull within 2 strokes of the Chargers’ lead in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship.
Alabama-Huntsville stayed ahead of the field after 60 holes at 36-under 147 heading into today’s rounds of individual competition.
“(Moody Woods) is our favorite course out here,” Ferris State captain Mitch Hubbard said. “We were confident and just played our game. We really played to our strengths.”
The Chargers played conservatively on the front 10, but still managed four birdies on one of the most difficult courses at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Club.
The roles reversed on the back 10 where the Bulldogs birdied seven straight holes to finish the round at 50.
“This course is a lot tighter than the ones we’ve been playing,” Alabama-Huntsville captain Zach Beaman said. “I think you can see that the competition is stiff, and every year it gets a lot stiffer.”
Georgia Regents University, which entered the second day of competition in a second-place tie with South Carolina, slipped to 6th place at 30-under 153. The Jaguars posted scores of 53 and 51 in the second and third rounds, respectively. USC Aiken sits in a tie for 32nd with Western Carolina.
“We’re not that far off from the lead,” Georgia Regents senior Holton Brinson said. “In these kinds of tournaments it’s make or break in singles. I think if we all have solid rounds tomorrow, we have a good shot at taking it on Sunday.”
Teams will take a break from doubles competition to play two rounds of singles today. The top 28 men and top 8 women will play a third round to determine the individual national champions.
Though they won’t be relying on each other like they have so far in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship, Beaman said he has full confidence in the individual talent on his team.
“We’ve got a solid top four,” he said. “I really think that these are our courses and this is our game. I think we can stick through it.”
The first round of singles will tee off at 10 a.m. today. The second round will follow at 2 p.m., and the remaining players will play in a third and final round at 5:30 p.m.