Flames place two teams in top five at S.C. national qualifier
Liberty University's men's disc golf team entered two four-man squads into Clemson University's tournament — South Carolina's national qualifier for the April 13-16 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in North Augusta, S.C. — and both finished in the top five of the 15-team field. Liberty had already qualified its complete team based on last season's ninth-place finish in the Championship Flight at nationals.
Augusta State (455 strokes) was the overall team champion, followed by the Flames' A team (470) and NC State (473), which had won the Flamethrower Invitational, Virginia's national qualifier hosted by Liberty, and its own North Carolina national qualifier. The Flames' B squad finished fifth with 499 strokes behind UNC Charlotte (477) and ahead of Appalachian State (sixth, 503).
Individually, out of 60 competitors, the Flames had three players finish in the top seven — seniors Lance Brown (third, 106) and Justin Towns (fourth, 107), as well as graduate Dan Ballard (seventh, 110). They were followed by senior Devin Swartz (11th, 112), junior Jon Younce (19th, 118), freshman Ryan Shumate (23rd, 119), freshman Hunter Thomas (32nd, 122), and senior Hunter Bass (41st, 130).
Dustin Perry of Augusta State was the individual champion with a combined score of 101.
This Saturday, Liberty concludes competition in the area BRAWL Series at Timber Ridge in Bedford, Vab.