Flames disc golf teams tie for second at Clemson Throwdown
March 12, 2019 | Clemson, S.C.
Liberty University's disc golf team's top two men's flights tied for second out of 16 foursomes at the Tiger Town Throwdown last Saturday and Sunday in Clemson, S.C.
The men's championship flight team of seniors Hunter Thomas and Ryan Shumate and sophomores Trevor Staub and Pete Curran and first flight quartet of freshmen Dustin Barrett, Nick Thayer, and Evan Bamford and graduate Jeremy Miekley tied for second place with 345-shot totals. That was two shots behind Georgia Southern, which received the qualifying bid to the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships (NCDGC) set for March 27-30 in North Augusta, S.C.
Liberty's top two teams also finished four shots in front of Clemson and Augusta, which tied for fourth at 349, and five in front of East Carolina and North Carolina State, which shared sixth place with 350 totals.
"I was proud of how the guys played, with two players from our first flight (Bamford and Miekley) and two from our second flight (Barrett and Thayer) combining to tie our championship flight after three rounds of competition (two doubles, one singles)," Liberty Head Coach Steve Bowman said.
Bamford tied for second place individually out of 63 players with his 5-under-par 54 round of singles while Shumate paced the championship flight and tied for eighth overall with his 3-under 56. Curran finished in a five-way tie for 17th with his round of 1-over 60.
Lady Flames freshmen Shannon Hons and Olivia Hayes also played against two Clemson women's players, finishing second (19-over 78) and fourth (37-over 96), respectively, in singles play.
"That was their first tournament so it was a good experience for them," Bowman said. "Clemson's girls helped teach and instruct enough that it was a friendly environment for them."
Liberty's women's tandems will look to repeat as national champions after the Lady Flames' championship flight foursome won for the first time last year. Meanwhile, the Flames' men's championship flight, which won its first SouthEastern Collegiate Open Championship last fall in Georgia, strives to improve on its program-best seventh-place showing in 2016. The men's first flight placed third last year after its second flight team won in 2014.
"The program is growing strong and it is exciting to see the players' development," Bowman said. If they can put it all together that weekend, they all should do well and have good opportunities."