Originally created 10/14/02

Three-shot lead good for title

Dave Feldberg knows that three-shot leads in the finals of disc golf don't mean much.

Earlier this year, Feldberg blew a three-shot lead in a nine-hole final to 11-time world champion Ken Climo in a tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

"Last time, I got a little nervous and missed some short putts," Feldberg said.

Feldberg made his three-shot lead hold true during Sunday's final round of the Augusta Disc Golf Classic. He defeated Brad Hammock by two shots to win the 12th annual event at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

The 155 competitors faced an early-morning delay of their final two rounds because oflightning. The top four professionals at the end of 72 holes advanced to a nine-hole final.

Feldberg, 25, led the field at 29-under-par 185 at the end of regulation. Climo was three shots back at 188, along with Brad Hammock (189) and Walter Haney (191).

In the final, Climo and Hammock were within three shots of Feldberg after seven holes. On the eighth hole of the final, the 350-foot, par-3 No. 17, Feldberg faced a tight tee shot with out of bounds on both sides of the fairway.

He came up clutch, tossing his tee shot to within six feet for a tournament-clinching birdie.

"I felt relieved after that," Feldberg said. "Everybody wanted to see a good shot. And I didn't want to lay up."

Feldberg, of Augusta, Mich., earned $1,100 for his second SuperTour win this year on the Professional Disc Golf Association Tour. Other winners included: Stan McDaniel (Pro Master division), Lee Minchart (Grandmaster), Leslie Herndon (women's open), Jon Beym (advanced amateur), Kathy Dammes (amateur women) and Peter Charlton (amateur master).

Next year, Augusta will play host to the National Pro Tour Hall of Fame Classic on May 30, 2003, said Brian Graham, regional coordinator of the PDGA. The event will be played at Lake Olmstead Park, where a disc golf course will be finished by the end of 2002.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 114.


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