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Liberty disc golf teams dominate annual Flamethrower

November 6, 2016  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Senior Zach Ginsburg follows through on a drive off the tee during Saturday's opening round of singles play at the Flames' course near Liberty's Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center. test test test test
Senior Zach Ginsburg follows through on a drive off the tee during Saturday's opening round of singles play at the Flames' course near Liberty's Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center.

Liberty University's disc golf team posted the top two scores from two of its three foursomes at Saturday's and Sunday's Flamethrower Invitational, its annual qualifier for the National Collegiate Disc Golf (NCDG) Championships in April.

The Flames' top team of sophomores Brent Prudich and Ryan Shumate and graduate students Dan Ballard and Devin Swartz won the six-team tournament, played on Liberty's 20-hole courses near the Hydaway Outdoor Recreational Center and on East Campus, with a combined score of 619 strokes. It was the fourth time in six years hosting the event that the Flames have captured the team title.

Liberty's B squad placed second with 675 followed by North Carolina State (692), the University of North Carolina (732), Liberty's C team (751), and Elizabethtown (Pa.) College (847).

Since the Flames and Wolfpack, which placed third at last year's nationals, had already qualified for this coming spring's event, UNC and Elizabethtown earned the two national bids.

Liberty Head Coach Steve Bowman was pleased with the performances of his A, B, and C teams in both singles and doubles play on their home courses.

"Because we have 15 guys and only 12 spots, it was tough to battle up there and it was good competition for them all weekend," he said. "They all got a shot to be in there and prove what they could do and the make the adjustments accordingly."

Flames A team members Prudich (58-62) and Shumate (62-58) finished tied for first at 120, with Prudich winning a one-hole playoff for individual championship honors.

Ballard (58-64-122) placed fourth, one shot behind NC State's Nathan Hooks (60-61-121) and two in front of Swartz (71-55-126). Flames B team players Josh White and sophomore Hunter Thomas shot identical rounds of 62-68-130 to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place with an East Carolina player.

Also representing Liberty's B team, senior Jon Younce (70-66) and freshman C team member Christian Wilborn (67-69) finished tied at 136 followed by sophomore Zach Biscardi (72-65-137).

Bowman plans to enter Championship, First, and Second flight teams at nationals, which the Flames had already qualified for based on last season's best-ever seventh-place Championship finish.

For now, the Flames will gear up for the annual Winter Brawl Series, open tournaments played at several area courses starting in December.

The Flames pose for a team picture before Saturday's first round on the course near Hydaway.

Disc Golf Links
Schedule
Results

No events scheduled for this team.

Apr 1
Disc Golf
at National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship
CANCELLED

Mar 7
Disc Golf
at Clemson Throw down
1st Place Finish

Feb 29
Disc Golf
at Qualifier at EMU
2nd Place Finish

Feb 8
Disc Golf
at BRAWL Broken Arrow
3rd Place Finish

Feb 1
Disc Golf
at NSCU Wolfpack Classic
1st place finish

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