NORTH AUGUSTA --- Colorado State took home the title in dominating fashion on Sunday, beating South Alabama by 10 strokes in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex.
The Rams entered the championship perhaps off the radar to many, as last year was the team’s first appearance. However, a loaded roster blew the usual contenders away.
“Colorado isn’t very well known in disc golf,” said Austin Montgomery, who finished tied for fourth individually for the Rams. “I think we just put them on the map. This is for all those who put in the practice and helped us. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.”
The Rams opened the tournament with 47 in team doubles play, besting three teams by three strokes to set the tone. They entered the final round with their largest lead at 13 strokes, and they cruised to a final-round 56 in team doubles play for a total score of 789.
Colorado State was also helped in large part by the individual national champion, Jarrod Roan, who put together a second-day total of 223 to beat South Alabama’s Cameron Colglazier by one stroke.
South Alabama reached second place following a Friday total of 359, and the Jaguars remained there for the duration of the tournament, totaling 799. Colorado State kept its distance, and the Jaguars were never able to mount a comeback in the final rounds.
Augusta State also kept the position it held for the previous two days, placing third with a total of 804 after a final-round 54. The Jaguars benefited from three players in the top 15 individually, including a seventh-place finish for Jason Lynn.
Defending champion Oregon finished fifth with a total of 823. The low round of Sunday belonged to Tennessee Tech and Clemson, each shooting 51.
The top 16 teams qualified for the championship next year. A final-round 52 vaulted Alabama into 14th, while Kansas and Murray State rounded out the top 16. Humboldt State finished just outside qualification at four strokes behind Murray State.
National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships
Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex
Final round and total
1. Colorado State 56-789
2. South Alabama 53-799
3. Augusta State 54-804
4. N.C. State 58-822
5. Oregon 54-823
6. Tennessee Tech 51-825
7. California State-Monterey Bay 58-833
8. Clemson 51-841
9. Alabama-Huntsville 55-845
10. East Tennessee State 56-848
11. Purdue 56-848
12. Georgia 64-849
13. South Carolina 58-851
14. Alabama 52-852
15. Kansas 53-852
16. Murray State 56-856
17. Humboldt State 62-860
18. Texas State 61-863
19. Iowa State 60-865
20. Arkansas 58-869