Flames gear up for nationals at BRAWL Series, Clemson
March 3, 2016 | Lynchburg, Va.
Senior players from Liberty University's men's and women's disc golf teams nearly made a clean sweep of first-place finishes at Saturday's seventh of eight BRAWL Series events, played at Walnut Creek near Charlottesville, Va.
Lance Brown moved into fourth place in the overall Open division standings by posting the day's lowest overall two-round total of 100 (48-52) while fellow senior Justin Towns moved into fourth place in the Advanced division by shooting the lowest round of the day (46) and placing first in his division with a two-round total of 109 (46-63).
Freshman Ryan Shumate moved into eighth place in the Advanced division by placing fourth (55-58-113). Shumate and Towns placed first and second, respectively, Feb. 13 at Big Branch in Bedford.
Lady Flames senior Sarah White remained in first place in the Ladies division, competing with a group of men as the only female player at Walnut Creek. In the Intermediate division, Liberty had the third- and fifth-place finishers, juniors Jesse Edgin and Ed Lipscomb.
This Saturday and Sunday, Liberty will compete in the Tiger Town Throwdown, the South Carolina national qualifier hosted by Clemson, against Appalachian State, Augusta (Ga.), East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State (winner of both the Virginia and North Carolina national qualifiers), UNC Asheville, and South Florida.
The Flames will enter two teams with Brown, Towns, Shumate, and graduate Dan Ballard in one group and graduate Devin Swartz, senior Hunter Bass, freshman Hunter Thomas, and junior Jon Younce on the other card.
Then, after concluding the BRAWL Series, the Flames will send their top four-man team to play two rounds at the Tri-State Challenge, April 2 at Rolling Pines, a new course in Wilkesboro, N.C. That competition — against NC State, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, and East Tennessee State — will serve as a tune-up for the April 13-17 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in North Augusta, S.C.
"We're trying to get them some reps so they'll be ready to step up and compete at nationals," he said. "Hopefully, they will be at our next and last BRAWL Series event (March 12 at Timber Ridge near Bedford)."