Ferris State player Bryan Murphy claims disc golf national title

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NORTH AUGUSTA — Ferris State’s Bryan Murphy played the role of the hero Friday as he won an individual title and helped his team jump into first place of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.

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Ferris State's Nate DeFrain throws a disc at the start of a par-5 hole during the third day of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships on Friday. The Bulldogs moved a shot ahead of Georgia Regents at the Hippodrome.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Ferris State's Nate DeFrain throws a disc at the start of a par-5 hole during the third day of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships on Friday. The Bulldogs moved a shot ahead of Georgia Regents at the Hippodrome.

After battling the elements, however, he was in no mood to celebrate.

“It was horrible,” Murphy said. “The weather didn’t really pick up until the second round of the day, but I just had to make sure I played consistent and smart.”

Murphy shot 4-over 45 on the final round, and his feet were ankle-deep in a puddle as he made his final putt.

Play was split between the Old Glory and Hogback courses. The three lowest scores recorded on each course were counted toward the team total. The top 28 players plus ties after 40 holes played an additional 13 holes in the final round to determine the individual champion.

North Carolina State’s Dakota Mincey, who finished second in the men’s singles competition, said he eventually made peace with scoring bogeys after a couple of holes. He entered the final round one stroke behind Murphy and scored 5-over 46 on the final 13.

“I don’t have a whole lot of softer plastic in my bag, so it just feels like everything was slipping out of your hand,” Mincey said. “Towels only go so far. Once everything is wet, you just kind of give up on drying things off. You do what you can hope it all goes better on the next hole.”

Murphy shot the low round on the Hippodrome’s Hogback course in the second round to move the Bulldogs into the No. 1 spot heading into today’s final rounds of alternate shot team doubles. Ferris State now leads Georgia Regents by a stroke at 67-under 542.

Georgia Regents captain John Baker hasn’t entered panic mode yet.

“We played exactly how we wanted to play,” he said. “We had three of our guys playing in the final round and, considering the conditions, we’re in the perfect place to make a move in the finals. We’re ready for the opportunity.”

The women’s singles finals weren’t held Friday because of slow play on the account of the rain. Alan Kane, general manager of the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships, said the women’s singles finals will be held immediately after the opening round on Saturday.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships Finals

WHEN: Saturday; gates open at
2 p.m.; lead card tees off at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, 10936 Atomic Road, North Augusta


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