Disc golfers have top seven amateurs at third BRAWL event
January 19, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's men's and women's disc golf teams have the largest rosters in program history this season and a large contingent of them competed in the third of eight Blue Ridge Area Winter League (BRAWL) series tournaments on Jan. 19 on a new course that Head Coach Steve Bowman helped design at Sandusky Park in Lynchburg.
Flames senior Hunter Thomas, who earned 16 points for competing in the series-opening tournament at Mayflower Hills in Roanoke, placed third in the Open division with rounds of 52 and 46 for a 98 total that was just five shots behind overall leader Graeme Davis. Fellow senior Ryan Shumate placed 10th in the Open division with Liberty's seventh-lowest score (106).
The Flames also featured nine of the 15 players entered in the Advanced Amateur division, which used the same tee pads and baskets, and took the top seven positions — led by sophomores Pete Curran (46-52-98) and Trevor Staub (47-55-102), senior Zach Biscardi (54-50-104), freshmen Evan Bamford (52-53-105), Nick Thayer (50-55-105), and Dustin Barrett (52-55-107), and junior Christian Wilborn (57-51-108).
Liberty will compete at another BRAWL event in Monroe, Va., on Feb. 16 before sending a couple foursomes to the North Carolina State Wolfpack Qualifier on Feb. 23-24 and its complete team to the Clemson Tiger Town Qualifier on March 9-10 and the inaugural Blue Ridge Conference Championships on March 16. Blue Ridge is a new 10-school conference that includes Clemson, Liberty, and NC State, who have committed to compete, as well as Eastern Tennessee State and Virginia Tech, which have expressed interest.
The conference championships will serve as a final preparation for the March 27-30 National Collegiate Disc Golf (NCDG) Championships at North Augusta, S.C.