Sunday, October 11, 2015

Down to the 18th hole

A battle went down all over Winthrop Gold this weekend. Sure, Paul McBeth completed his grand slam of all 5 PDGA majors but that and the United States Disc Golf Championship was small potatoes. The rematch of our CSU Rams and the Augusta Jaguars for the Dean's Cup championship was what we really wanted to hear about.

Club president Connor Mitts teeing of on Hole 5 of Winthrop Gold
Reading the tweets for the Dean's Cup Championship was a lot like watching the ball bounce back and forth in the Atari game Pong. Augusta went up, then CSU tied, then CSU went up and Augusta came back. Hole 17, a par 3 where it's not uncommon to see a top pro take a 7, CSU took a double bogey 5, but Augusta took a triple bogey 6. All tied up.

Hole 18, a par 4, is anything but easy. The tee pad is on the lake, forcing a first shot over water. The fairway has a more than gentle slope leading down to the lake. The basket is guarded by a narrow strip of out-of-bounds, a dog leg left, and an incredibly fast, lake-ward sloping green. It was on this hole that Augusta would take revenge for last years defeat, carding a par against our Ram's bogey. 

Weather the day of the championship match was less than favorable and it would have been only too easy for one of the competing teams to let the monster that is Winthrop Gold get the better of them. The fact that the scores remained so close throughout the round demonstrates the quality of the players of both teams. On behalf of the CSU disc golf team we offer our congratulations to Augusta University as the 2015 Dean's Cup champions (we'll see you next year!) and express how proud we are of Connor Mitts, Dylan O'malia, Sean Gray and Maverick Robertson for achieving a second place finish!