Liberty competes in its first two BRAWL X tournaments
February 5, 2014 | Lynchburg, Va.
The Flames and Lady Flames competed at two Blue Ridge Area Winter League (BRAWL) X events and had some of the top scorers in the open, ladies, and amateur standings.
"The team is playing very well," Liberty Head Coach Steve Bowman said. "These tournaments are great to get them ready for the bulk of our season — the Flamethrower (March 8-9 on Liberty's Disc Golf Course) and the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships (in early April in North Augusta, S.C.)"
At the Jan. 18 Sontag Disc Golf Course in Rocky Mount, Va., the third of eight BRAWL X events, Joses Merat finished tied for ninth in the open division with scores of 69 and 63 for a 132 total. His wife, Mary, placed first among ladies just three strokes back (69-66-135).
Liberty senior Devin Swartz tied for 14th in the open division with his 73-63-136 and junior Lance Brown finished 16th at 71-67-138. Among the amateurs, Junior Justin Towns placed seventh with his 79-65-144 totals.
The Flames traveled to Walnut Creek Disc Golf Course near Charlottesville for the Jan. 25 event No. 4. Liberty seniors Luke Laubscher and Jared Lebo tied for seventh in the amateur standings with identical 55-65-119 totals.
Joses Merat placed fifth in the open competition with his rounds of 51-62-113 while Mary Merat again won the ladies division with scores of 66-68-134. Lady Flames senior Melissa Truman (72-77-149) and junior Hannah Croke (74-77-151) finished second and third, respectively.
Complete results and standings through four events are posted online.
Liberty will next travel to BRAWL X events No. 5 at Big Branch in Bedford this Saturday and No. 6 at Elk Creek in Appomattox on Feb. 15.
"We like these environments where they have tournament pressure, good competition, and get a feel for the pace of the rounds to prep us for the months to come," Bowman said. "Even though we haven't had big signature wins, it has showed us who is focused and ready to compete."