Liberty's championship flight in 14th place going into finals
April 14, 2017 | North Augusta, S.C.
Sophomore Hunter Thomas earned second-team All-America honors to lead Liberty University's championship disc golf flight team to 14th place out of 32 teams through six rounds of singles and doubles competition at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.
The Flames are one of the few at this week's national event with a men's Championship as well as First and Second Flight teams entered into the four-day tournament, held at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex in North Augusta, S.C.
Individually, Thomas paced the Flames in 16th place out of 171 players with a score of 7-under 155, including a 48 in Friday's final round. Graduate teammate Devin Swartz (tied for 33rd at nine-under 113), sophomore Ryan Shumate (tied for 69th at 4-under 118), and senior Joshua White (tied for 95th at 1-under 121) missed the finals cut.
After earning an automatic bid to this week's event by placing seventh at last year's national championships, the Flames' championship foursome will tee off at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday's final round.
With 667 total throws, Liberty trails 12th-place Cincinnati and Virginia Tech (tied at 665) by two throws and is within striking range of 11th-place Kansas (662), 10th-place Wisconsin-Stout (654), and eighth-place Texas A&M and Clemson (653).
Ferris State leads the pack at 629, followed closely by UNC-Charlotte (634), Arkansas State (637), Wisconsin-Platteville (641), Mississippi State (644), Indian Hills Community College (647), and seventh-place North Carolina State (650).
In the First Flight, senior Zach Biscardi tied for 14th at 5-over 116 to lead Liberty to a seventh-place showing out of 16 teams through the first of two rounds at 29-over 693. The Flames' Second-Flight team placed fourth out of eight teams at 17-over 559, sparked by Jeremy Miekley first-round score of 3-over 58 and fellow senior Zach Ginsburg's 4-over 59.
Complete results are available online.