Flames to play in Oct. 7-8 Dean's Cup at U.S. Championships
September 27, 2016 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's men's disc golf team recently received its first invitation to compete in one of the most prestigious tournaments in Collegiate Disc Golf, the Dean's Cup, held in conjunction with the United States Disc Golf Championships (USDGC) on Oct. 7-8 in Rock Hill, S.C, hosted by Winthrop University.
"At the USDGC, professionals compete for one the sport's highest honors, the U.S. Championship title, and the whole tournament generates an amazing amount of spectators, as well as tens of thousands of viewers watching online coverage," Flames Head Coach Steve Bowman said. "The tournament is also a World Tour event, so coverage is available worldwide."
Based on its seventh-place showing in the championship flight of April's National Collegiate Disc Golf (NCDG) Championships in North Augusta, S.C., Liberty will be one of four schools competing. The Flames will face North Carolina State, which placed third last year, in Friday's semifinal round before meeting either Oregon or defending national champion Augusta University in Saturday's championship or consolation match.
The pro tournament starts on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 8, with players teeing off after the collegiate teams begin play in the early morning hours.
"Our guys were already going to be down there to watch and to help lead a chapel service on Tuesday night, so it works out great," Bowman said. "If we were to win that, it would be a great feat on a big stage with the USCGC going on at the same time."
Besides watching Paul McBeth, a perennial national and world championship contender who conducted a clinic for Liberty's players last fall, the Flames could be represented in the pro tournament by senior Lance Brown, who will vie to make the cut after the first two days.
Bowman has yet to name the three players who will join second-year graduate Devin Schwartz, the lone returning player from the championship flight last season, on Liberty's team. Bowman said the lineup will be determined by how players performed at a tournament held last weekend at Elk Creek, as well as their scores at another scheduled for this weekend.
"They'll be battling it out," Bowman said.
While in Rock Hill, Liberty players may have an opportunity to tour the Innova Disc Golf company's East Coast operation, which has developed a strong partnership with Winthrop's team.
Similarly, Liberty has begun to receive support through a partnership with one of the newer companies in the sport, Prodigy Disc Golf. Prodigy plans to have representatives in attendance for the Nov. 5-6 Flamethrower Championships, Liberty's NCDG Championships qualifier, to tour campus and the program's two 20-hole disc golf courses on East Campus and Liberty Mountain.