Pruitt, Korns Lead Ducks to Decisive Victory at Series Opener

With an early start to the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf season, players enjoyed a warm and beautiful weather Sunday to kick off the first match of the season at the Stewart Pond Disc Golf course in Eugene. The event drew competitors from six different schools with five full teams represented. This first event saw many returning faces to the league as well as new players from every school!

Chase Pruitt and Jeff Korns of the University of Oregon led the Ducks with hot rounds of (-4) and (-2) respectively, but their scores were closely contested by Dan Good of Lane Community College’s (-3) and Justin Anderson of Portland Community College’s (-2). Other low scores included Aaron LoPrete (UO) at even and 6 others players shooting (+1) to keep the competition tight. Mandy Gunkel of Portland State cruised through a solid +4 round to secure a spot on the Vikings A-team for team doubles.

Oregon’s hot shooting in singles combined for a (-6) and led them into doubles with a ten stroke lead over a revitalized Oregon State program at (+4), followed by an always-solid Portland State squad not far behind at (+6). While the lead card teams traded birdies early in the team round, the Ducks outlasted the Beavers to pick up three more strokes on the round and finish the match at (-12) for the day. The Vikings of Portland State kept the pressure on Oregon State from the chase card, quietly taking strokes back, but ultimately coming up two strokes short of Oregon State’s (+1) for the day, securing a second place finish for the Beavers and a third place finish for the Vikings.

The remaining teams battled for always-important league points and saw Lane Community College lock up fourth place over George Fox University.

Big thanks to Adam “Skippy” Clairmont and Chase Pruitt for running an awesome, smooth event!

See everyone November 4th at Champoeg State Park for the second match hosted by George Fox University.

For full results see our official individual and team standings here: League Standings

Vikings Outlast Short-Handed Ducks at Northwest Collegiate Invitational

The Northwest Collegiate Invitational, held at beautiful Milo McIver State park, home of the Beaver State Fling, is the cornerstone event of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League schedule and serves as the only National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships qualifying event in the Northwest. The event saw league regulars University of Oregon, Portland State University and Portland Community College along with a couple of teams from the West Coast Collegiate Open, the University of Nevada-Reno and Humboldt State University. Oregon and Humboldt already qualified for nationals meaning the the other three teams would automatically secure their spot in t

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Milo McIver  courtesy : Jessica Boone

he 2017 NCDGC. The format followed standard OCDGL procedure and the previous NCDGC format in which a four man team uses their top three scores for each of two singles rounds which is added to the teams score in the team doubles portion of the tournament. The singles rounds would be held on the East and West BSF layouts at Milo while the team doubles portion would be played on a 24 hole, par-91 safari layout.

 

The Ducks would come into the event as the favorite, having only dropped one match on the season to the Vikings at Champoeg earlier in the year, but the big arms of the Vikings were poised to make a run at taking the title for the first time in school history. While the Ducks were able to form a complete roster, they knew they would not be at full strength with a finger injury forcing Chase Pruitt to throw without his index finger. Portland State would also be without top five finisher from the 2016 NCI in Joe Wright.

 

While the forecast for the weekend was ominous, the players were blessed with clear skies and low winds for most of the event. The difficult Milo McIver property hosts two of the country’s most premier courses, each with their own unique challenges. The players started on the par 61 East course which presents a tough combination of precision and distance mixed with par 4’s, island greens, and out of bounds. League leader Nathan Ryan, UO, posted the hot round of the first round with a 57 (-4) which was closely followed by the 58 (-3) of Justin Anderson, PCC. Zane Masslich, HSU, shot the only other under-par round with a 60 (-1). Thanks to a solid 63 (+2) from the very ill and vomiting Mason Caldwell, the Ducks held the early advantage with a team score of 187.

 

Team Standings after Round 1:

Oregon- 187

Portland State- 193

Nevada- 201

Portland Community College- 202

Humboldt- 211

 

The second and final round of the singles portion was played on the longer and windier par 62 West course. The three leaders of the first round were joined by Chris Nelson of PSU on the lead card, all looking to become the 2017 NCI individual champion. Anderson came out blazing going four down through the first six holes, including a drop in eagle on the 850 foot hole six (Philo albatross hole). The other competitors failed to find early success, especially Ryan who carded a bogey four on the 150 foot hole four and followed it with another bogey on the following hole throwing him in an early deficit. Ryan would rebound and birdie four of the next five drawing him back to within one of Anderson. This is when the fatigue of the competitors and the toughness of the course came into effect with players struggling to find success. The rest of the round was a rollercoaster of mental mistakes and great birdies for the competitors. Although Ryan was able to close with birdies on three of the final 5 holes, 6 bogeys were too much to overcome and Anderson was able to secure the championship with another impressive 58 (-4). Solid performances by Brody Cannon and Warren Hollinshead, and score drops from injured Pruitt and sick Caldwell propelled the Vikings to a lead going into Sunday and the team doubles portion of the tournament.

 

On the women’s side, Mandy Gunkel, PSU, used her impressive distance and solid short game to walk away with an easy victory and 5th career PDGA win.

 

Team Standings after Round 2:

Portland State- 383

Oregon- 385

Portland Community College- 403

Nevada- 405

Humboldt- 425

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Final Round Lead Card (pc: Brody Cannon)

 

The NCI was all set to see another epic finish to the tournament but, before the finals started, Caldwell deemed himself too sick to play the round. The Ducks were planning to bring the top finisher from their B team to the A roster but it was brought to attention of tournament staff by Cannon of PSU that, according to the tournament flyer, Oregon could not move a player up from the B team to the A team. After some heated debate it was ruled that Oregon would not be allowed to bring a player in from B team so the Ducks would turn to their top female player in Reily Warren to fill the spot.

 

The round on the incredibly challenging par-91 layout would decide the 2017 NCI champion. Both teams got off to decent starts trading birdies and bogeys through the first several holes. After the first ten holes, the Ducks had managed to cut the deficit to just to one stroke before a couple errant upshots and missed circle putts gave the stroke right back to the Vikings. The Ducks would close the gap back to one on multiple occasions with several clutch shots including a 80 foot putt from Pruitt and an incredible touch shot by Warren onto an island green, but were never able to catch the Vikings. Being down four

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2017 NCI Champions Portland State University  (pc: Brody Cannon)

strokes with six holes left to play the Ducks began to run upshots and take aggressive lines in order to make a furious comeback. These effort fell short and the Vikings beat the Ducks by five strokes on the round giving them the 2017 Northwest Collegiate Invitational championship.

 

While PCC was unable to field a team for the doubles portion of the tournament, Nevada and Humboldt battled it out on chase card and ending up tied for round securing Nevada’s third place finish.

 

Final Standings:

Portland State- 471

Oregon- 478

Nevada- 497

Humboldt- 522

Portland Community College- N/A

 

Congratulations to the Vikings for their victory and to all the teams for securing their births in the 2017 NCDGC.

 

The NCI also served as the final regular season match for the OCDGL. The victory for the Vikings marked their second win of the season to the Ducks five wins meaning the Ducks will have a three stroke advantage on the Vikings going into the State Championship match at Blue Lake on April 2nd. The top four finishers from the regular season on the men’s side were Nathan Ryan (500 points), Justin Anderson (491), Brody Cannon (491) and Chris Nelson (489) while Reily Warren (500) and Mandy Gunkel (498) were the top finishers on the womens side. These competitors will play a winner-take-all final nine at the State Championship to decide the respective individual champions.

 

Final Regular Season Standings:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

 

NCI PDGA Results:

http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/30973

Ducks Conquer Vikings, Conditions at Adair

The weather was once again not kind to the teams of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League as they took to Corvallis and Adair County Park. After stormy conditions cancelled the doubles portion of last years tournament, players looked forward to tackling more favorable conditions at Adair. The Oregon winter rains had drowned much of the park but the course was playable and five teams from across the state came out to compete. Coming off their first loss of the season, the University of Oregon Ducks had their minds set on taking first place back from the Portland State Vikings.

 

The saturated ground and 25+ mile per hour winds made scoring difficult in the first round. Nathan Ryan of UO once again took home the league match with a solid 53 (-3). Closely following was Chris Nelson of PSU with a 55 (-1) which essentially locks Nelson into the singles league championship with Ryan. No other players shot par or better, but several players shot in the 50’s including Skippy Clairmont (UO) and Joe Wright (PSU) with 58’s (+2) as well as Mason Caldwell (UO), Shade Harrison (LCC) and Cooper Webster (LCC) with 59’s (+3). In the women’s field, Reily Warren of UO and Mandy Gunkel of PSU tied for the win with 74’s (+18).

 

The close knit scores of the Ducks were enough to give them a five stroke lead over the Vikings heading into the doubles portion of the tournament. The doubles round held little excitement as the Ducks were able to pick up multiple strokes on the first few holes and coast through the rest of the round for a 51 to the Viking’s 53 and a seven stroke victory on the day. In other action, the Oregon State Beavers and Lane Community College Titans battled it out on chase card and both finished with 58’s. George Fox was also represented in the tournament.

 

Side note: Dan Guenther of Portland State recorded an ACE on hole four’s long position. This is the only ace in OCDGL history to my knowledge. However, this fact is completely unofficial and unverified so if you know about any other aces feel free to let us know.

 

Huge thanks to Will Mayfield and the rest of the Oregon State team for hosting an excellent match and providing the BEST scorecards we have had all season.

 

This was the last school hosted match in OCDGL play as the only remaining events are the Northwest Collegiate Invitational and the OCDGL State Championships.

 

The Northwest Collegiate Invitational will be held March 4th and 5th at the beautiful Milo McIver State Park where we will be awarding three bids to the 2017 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships (UO and OSU already qualified).

 

Full league standings:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Ducks Undefeated Season Ends to Vikings at Champoeg

Up to this point in the season, the University of Oregon Ducks had a perfect season record including wins over defending national champions University of Augusta, the entire field of the West Coast Collegiate Open, and the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League. That success came to an end Sunday afternoon as the talented Portland State Vikings managed to topple the league-leading Ducks.

 

While the course at Champoeg State Park was completely saturated, the skies were clear and the sun came out, making way for a fantastic day of collegiate disc golf. Nathan Ryan of UO once again led the way in the singles field with a 49 (-8) on the par 57 layout. Ryan was closely followed by Brody Cannon of PSU with a 50 (-7) who has proven himself to be a top contender every match. Chris Nelson (PSU) and Ryan Vincent (OSU) turned in solid rounds of 52 (-5) each while Dan Good (LCC), Garrett Harmon (UO) and Joe Wright (PSU) also finished under-par for the day. In the women’s field, Reily Warren of Oregon took home her fourth victory of the season with a ten over 67.

 

While Oregon got a nice surprise from Harmon, whose previous top match finish was 27th, the solid scores of Cannon and Nelson were good enough to give the the Vikings a four stroke lead heading into the doubles portion of the tournament. The round did not start well for the Ducks as they bogeyed the first hole and parred the easy second, opening the door for the Vikings to capitalize with back-to-back birdies to lead the match by seven. The Ducks birdied seven of the next eight to close the gap to as close as three. This would unfortunately be the closest the Ducks would come to the Vikings as the teams traded birdies throughout the rest of the round and eventually finished tied with 48’s (-9), giving PSU their first victory of the season.  

 

The battle for third place at the match also saw a tight battle between Oregon State and Lane Community College, two teams entering the doubles round only one stroke apart. The teams stayed close for much of the round until LCC got hot, carding birdies on nine of their last eleven holes. Lane would end up finishing with the hot doubles score of the day with an impressive 46 (-11).

 

George Fox also got back onto the leaderboard with a fifth place finish. Southern Oregon and Portland Community College were also represented in the match.

 

With league play heating up, and the Northwest Collegiate Invitational right around the corner, the ending to the season is poised to be one of the closest in league history with still so much to be decided.

 

Huge thanks to the George Fox club for a great and well-run event. Everyone always looks forward to playing this awesome venue and league staple.

 

Full League Standings:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Ducks Stay Undefeated, Roll to Victory at Camp Serene

The Oregon Ducks continued their domination of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League this Saturday at Camp Serene out in Noti, Oregon. While only three schools, Oregon, Portland State and Lane Community College, were able to compete with full rosters for the event, great weather and a challenging course made for an epic day of disc golf. Camp Serene presents a unique challenge in the fact that while all 18 holes are under ~320 feet and every hole can be birdied, each shot requires a different strategy and players must be on top of their game in order to stay out of the rough.

 

Nathan Ryan of Oregon continued his hot streak with a scorching 9 under par (45), covering the field by 5 strokes. In the first four matches of the season, Ryan is 36 under par. Following Ryan was teammate Chase Pruitt at an impressive 4 under par (50). The league also saw one of its biggest transfers ever in Warren Hollinshead’s, former LCC Titan, move to PSU over winter break. Hollinshead led the way for the Vikings in his debut with a 1 under 53. Shade Harrison was the only other player under par for the day with a 53 of his own.

 

The hot rounds of Ryan and Pruitt gave the Ducks a comfortable 10 stroke lead heading into the doubles portion of the event. With the Vikings also holding a substantial 12 stroke lead over third place LCC, the only thing left to be decided in the round were the margins. Teams traded birdies throughout the round staying even throughout. The difference in the round came when the Ducks went turkey on three of the course’s most difficult holes in 10, 11 and 12 during which no other team picked up a birdie. The Ducks shot the hot round of doubles with a 45 which grew the lead to a 13 stroke win.

 

The OCDGL will take next week off before a stretch of three matches in four weeks, culminating with the region’s only national qualifier in the Northwest Collegiate Invitational. The next match will take place February 12th at Champoeg State Park in Newberg.

 

Official league Standings:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Ducks Stay Hot, Cruise to Victory in Cottage Grove

The wet and windy conditions were not enough to stop the undefeated Oregon Ducks. The hottest team in the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League stayed hot as the Ducks showed off their depth en route to a comfortable win at North Regional Park in Cottage Grove.

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Oregon Duck looking on during wet afternoon PC: Jessica Boone

With a steady downpour of rain throughout the day, birdies and low scores were hard to come by on the technical par 59 layout. Nathan Ryan of Oregon led the pack with an impressive 50 (-9) which gave him a comfortable victory over the rest of the field. Following Ryan was Brody Cannon of Portland State and Dan Good of Lane Community College who both shot 56 (-3). Mason Caldwell and Chase Pruitt of UO, as well as Walter Maslen of PSU, also brought in scores under-par.

With 3 of the 6 scores under-par, Oregon went into the doubles round with a 10 stroke lead over Lane CC who were in second place at the time with a 4 stroke advantage over Portland State. The Ducks and Titans enjoyed a fun round trading birdies and jokes. All was fun and games on the lead card, little knowing the Vikings of PSU were making a charge from the chase card. The Vikings shot a hot 50 in the doubles round while the Titans only managed a 54. The two teams were knotted up at 228 strokes a piece on the day which meant one thing. Playoff.

The playoff started with a ~350 foot temp hole from hole one’s teepad to hole eighteen’s basket. Cannon of PSU went 30 deep with Good of LCC also putting his team inside the circle. Both teams made their putts and moved on to the low ceiling ~380 foot hole two. PSU went first with a drive that tailed off a little early into the trees on the right. Chris Nelson then stepped up with a beautiful flexing drive that landed about 20 feet right of the basket. The drives from the Titans did not quite hit their marks and left them with a 40 foot putt to a tough elevated basket. Brandon Green tossed a laser straight at the basket but just didn’t quite have the height and smashed into the cage. The next putt sailed left and the Vikings would have a 20 footer for the win. The first putt looked good but just splashed off the right chains. Cannon stepped up and showed why he’s a player to watch in this league by smashing the putt into the heart of the chains and securing the second place position and a league point that could prove crucial by the end of the season.

 

Also worth noting that Oregon brought, what I believe to be, a new league record of 17 players to the match and fielded 3 teams for doubles. This kind of depth is what makes them a force to be reckoned with going forward.

Huge thanks to Dan Good, Warren Hollinshead and the rest of the Lane Community College Titans for putting on a great event and making on-site lunch possible!

The league takes the month of December off before returning January 14th at Champoeg Disc Golf Course hosted by George Fox.

#fastcar #freeBwilly #birdgang

For full standings:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Ducks Edge Vikings as Anderson Leads Jaguars to Impressive Third Place Finish

It was another beautiful day for the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League as the teams took to Timber Park for second league match of the season. The match saw o43 competitors from 8 schools take on the 21 hole layout.

The great conditions and moderately short course set up players with plenty of birdies opportunities, however, some tough mandos and treacherous pin placements forced focus on every shot. Justin Anderson of Portland Community College came out with the hot round of 53 (-11 on the par 64) in the morning which gave him an impressive two stroke victory over Nathan Ryan of Oregon with a 55 and league newcomer Brody Cannon of Portland State with a 56. Other good scores included Jake LaPutka, UO, and Chris Nelson, PSU, with 58’s as well as Jake Shryer, OSU, with a 59. In the women’s field, Reily Warren of Oregon took the victory with a 78, barely squeaking past Sarah Stein of Oregon State who shot an 80. The solid scores from the dynamic duo of LaPutka and Ryan, as well as an impressive showing from Adam “Skippy” Clairmont , 62, gave the Oregon Ducks a three stroke advantage over the Portland State Vikings heading into the doubles portion of the tournament.

Early on in the round it looked as if PSU was poised to make a comeback run as they birdied the first two holes while Oregon managed to birdie only one by the luck of the nubs. The teams then traded birdies for a few holes and then the Ducks heated up. From holes 5-16 the Ducks birdied 11 out of 12 thanks to some hot putting (6 makes from outside the circle) and timely drives which gave them the edge they needed to hold off the Vikings for another first place finish.

The surprise of the day came from the chase card of the doubles portion where Portland Community College managed to hold off Oregon State to finish the match in third. This is particularly stunning as it is the first time since the 2014-15 season that a team other than UO, OSU and PSU have finished in the top three. Even more impressive is the fact that PCC only had three members compete on the day. They will definitely be a team to watch out for going forward.

Also worth noting that Lane Community College actually tied Oregon for the best doubles score of the day with a 50 (-14), which secured their 5th place finish and a point in the league standings. Corban University and George Fox University also fielded full teams for the match and finished in 6th and 7th respectively.

Thanks to Parker Stidham, Coach Kyle, and the rest of the Portland State team for hosting a great match. The league will be off next week before meeting back up in Cottage Grove for the third regular season match hosted by LCC on November 20th.

While the league will be taking the week off, the Ducks will migrate south to Monterey Bay, California, for the West Coast Collegiate Open. The WCCO is one of two national qualifying events on the West Coast (the other being the NCI run by the OCDGL in March) and the Ducks will not only be aiming to qualify for nationals, but to also win and show the Californians where the best disc golf gets played on the West Coast.

For full league standings click here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Shout out Matt Lensch

#freeBwilly #birdgang

LaPutka, Ryan Lead Ducks to Big First Match Victory

It was a pleasant Fall afternoon for the teams of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League as they took to Wheatland Disc Golf Course for the first match of the regular season. The match drew 42 competitors from 7 different schools including two new schools to the league in Southern Oregon University and Portland Community College. Due to the main entrance road being closed because of flooding, the teams were forced to walk 15 minutes into the course to tournament central but it seemed as if that was the only thing that could slow the competitors down.

 

Jake LaPutka and Nathan Ryan of the University of Oregon led the pack with the hot rounds of -10 a piece and were closely followed by Justin Anderson, of Portland Community College’s, -9. Other low scores included Chris Nelson of Portland State and Ryan Vincent of Oregon State with -7’s a piece and Johnny Lamotte from PSU with a -6.

 

The hot singles scores from Oregon and Portland State put them on lead card for the team doubles round with UO up by 6 and Oregon State trailing PSU by just 3 strokes. While the lead teams traded birdies early in the round OSU was busy making moves on the chase card by birding 8 of their first 10 holes. With each team having just 5 holes left to play, OSU unknowingly had a one-stroke lead on PSU. However, OSU only managed one birdie in their five while PSU captured three giving them a one stroke win overall.

 

In other action, Lane Community College beat out Corban University for the 4th place spot while unfortunately Southern Oregon and Portland Community College were unable to complete full teams for the doubles portion.

 

HUGE thanks to Shane Whitehead and Corban University for running an awesome event. Even with the gate being closed they managed to run a smooth tournament.

 

Also a big shoutout to every team for putting in the time and effort to make this league a possibility. It’s not the easiest or always the logical thing to spend your whole Sunday traveling around the state (from as far as Ashland) when you assuredly could be spending that time being a productive student but it’s that passion that makes this league so special.  

 

See everyone November 6th at Timber Park for the second match hosted by Portland State.
For full results see our official individual and team standings here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_IYLEyh1bWL5HRNwidj27umNKX5fLciF3k0jbexF0MM/edit?usp=sharing

Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League Preview

The wait is almost over. As the air starts to chill and the leaves begin to fall, while others may take their action inside, you can find the teams of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League banging chains and preparing for the start of another epic season. This Sunday the OCDGL gets back into action as the teams take to the Wheatland Disc Golf Course of Salem for the first regular season match. After finishing what was the league’s best season in terms of both participation and competition, the league looks to continue this hot streak and make this year even bigger and better. While it is always sad to see team members graduate or take their dreams elsewhere during the offseason, it is always great to see all the new and returning faces. There is no doubt that players and teams have been working hard during the summer to fine tune their skills and take their games to the next level. Without further ado, here is a team by team breakdown of what we have to look forward this year:

 

Corban University

A year after a seventh place finish and the losing of multiple seniors, the Warriors of Salem look to rebuild and get back to their roots. Sole returners Shane Whitehead and Colton Menez  look to focus heavily on recruiting, building back up the roster and start to get more competitive in the league. With several talented incoming freshman including Michael De La Rosa, the Warriors will be a team to watch as the season progresses.

 

George Fox University

The Bruins of George Fox University were a curious case in the league last year. After three top-5 finishes in the first three matches, GFU was not represented in any of the remaining matches. This was largely due to the fact that the team only had three members consistently showing up to matches making it difficult to score and even tougher to keep morale high. The team will return Zach Larson, Zach Keimig, Ross Kohl and Ryan Collin. The team will also feature several new returners and looks to participate in every match this season.  Club President Mitch Milburn is excited about the team’s mix of experience and new talent this year and has plenty of optimism going forward. If this team continues to develop, they have the potential to a be a threat coming down the stretch.

 

Lane Community College

The Titans were one of four teams last season to be represented at every league match. This commitment paid off in the form of a fourth place league finish and more importantly, a berth at the Collegiate Disc Golf National Championships in South Carolina. LCC was in first place at nationals after round one before falling off the hot pace and finishing in a respectable 40th place. With club president Adam “Skippy” Clairmont transferring to the University of Oregon, Dan Good will fill the void and looks to lead the Titans back to the national championships. The team will feature several new players this year along with returners Brandon Green and Jeffrey Korns but look to improve on last year’s finish. The team will also have the assistance of Warren Hollinshead before he transfers to Portland State after Fall term. This team could make the big jump this year from middle of the pack to fighting for the league title.

 

University of Oregon

While the Ducks finished in just third place in the OCDGL and 16th at nationals a year ago, there is strong reason to believe this team could make their way back to the top and put themselves back in national contention. Although the Ducks lost key contributor Matthew “Heartthrob” Lensch and will lose 2014 Amatuer World Champion Jake Laputka after Fall term, they return the rest of a strong and deep team. The team will be led by team captain Chase Pruitt and 2x OCDGL regular season point champ Nathan Ryan, who both made the league’s singles finals last season. The team also returns other key players such as Connor Belisle, Jeremy Sigrist and Caleb Enebo while bringing in a herd of promising newcomers including Skippy Clairmont and Aaron Loprete. It’s also notable that the Ducks ventured to Rock Hill, South Carolina, during early October to compete at the United States Disc Golf Championships. The team was invited to participate in the Dean’s Cup, an event bringing four of the best teams in college disc golf together, where the Ducks defeated perennial power and defending national champions University of Augusta in the first round before the championship round against North Carolina State was cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Oregon State University

The Beavers take on the tough task of defending both their OCDGL and Northwest Collegiate Invitational titles this year but look poised to do so by relying on their unprecedented depth from last season. A season ago OSU put an absurd five players in the top nine of the league with co-regular season points champ Cole Whited, singles finalist Mat Elzinga, NCI singles champ Will Mayfield, Jake Shryer and Zack Barry. Although the team will lose both Cole Whited and Mat Elzinga to graduation, they still have the talent in place to repeat as champs. Other key contributors from a season ago such as Eric Albin, Matthew Lewis, Brian Cook and Ryan Vincent will look to fill that void. It’s tough to repeat in any sport, especially when the league is as talented as the OCDGL is. but the Beavers look forward to protecting what’s theirs.

 

Portland State University

It only took the Vikings one season  to prove they can throw with the best. Even without prior league experience, the Vikings showed out in their first season taking the first match and continuing that solid play to a second place league finish and 17th place finish at the national championship. Although the team will lose a top-10 individual league finisher in Kyle Groff, they return a crowd of top-tier talent including Parker Stidham, Cody Layton, Chris Nelson and defending individual league champion Johnny Lamotte. The team will also pick up Warren Hollinshead after his transfer is complete. Stidham had this to say about the outlook of PSU this year,

 

“We lost a few cornerstone and founding members who graduated, but after a smooth transition we are looking to come out strong this year with stacked roster top to bottom and put PSU disc golf on the map.”

 

With some of the best talent in the league, they will certainly be in contention for the league individual and team championships.

 

Women’s

While keeping attendance high in the women’s division as always been a priority for the OCDGL last year saw a bit of a drop off with only two female competitors in Reily Warren and Karissa Donaldson of UO. There is promise of improvement in this area this season as the Ducks look to put forward a full women’s team while Portland State and Oregon State also have prospective female athletes. Warren will look to defend her individual title this year as well as lead a Ducks team to a national championship that they have come so close to obtaining before.

 

It is also worth noting that both Portland Community College and Southern Oregon University will both be fielding teams for the first time this season. While they are new to the league it will interesting to see how they develop and compete throughout the season.

 

Despite what I, or anyone else, may think, matches are won on the course, not on paper. The league will look to continue it’s level of growth in terms of both participation and level of competition this year. Anything can and will happen and I look forward to seeing what this year’s league will bring.

 

Stay up to date on all league action by following Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League on Facebook and following our website for features after every match.

 

See you out on the course.

 

#freeBwilly

Beavers coast to easy victory as rest of league battles for crucial points

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On a frigid and foggy Saturday morning, the teams of the Oregon Collegiate Disc Golf League took to Dexter State Park just outside of Eugene to compete in the league’s second match of the season. The match was hosted by Lane Community College and would once again see one of the largest turnouts in league history. While the football game between top-25 ranked Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans produced little drama, the disc golf match would not disappoint.

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Due to the brutally cold conditions, scoring low proved nearly impossible as only one competitor, Oregon State’s Mat Elzinga, was able to score under-par. Elzinga led the field with a 2-under 52 which was closely followed by his teammate and league stand-out Cole Whited at even par 54. These two scores along with the Beavers other 3 scores in the top 10 would pave the way for an 11 stroke lead heading into the team doubles round. Although the Beavers took the large advantage, the rest of the field was tightly grouped after the singles round.

This would be one of the most tightly contested league matches ever with 5 teams within 5 strokes of each other and  4 teams within 2 strokes. With a few of the baskets moved into easier positions for the afternoon, teams would have to be on top of their games to shoot low and pick up crucial league points.

For the Ducks, the doubles round was a major success for the blossoming young team. Grouped with the wildly entertaining LCC Titans the Ducks were hungry for success. With the help of an absurd number of clutch putts and timely upshots they reached 7 under with 3 holes left to play. Unfortunately due to a couple errant upshots and good putts turned spit outs the Ducks would finish with a solid 6 under 48. Although this was not enough to catch the Beavers, 45, or the Vikings, 46, it would be enough to safely secure a top 3 finish and 3 more important league points.   

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The most exciting part of the match may have been one of the rarer events in the league play. Sudden-death playoff. After singles and doubles rounds both George Fox and Mount Hood Community College would be tied at 231 strokes. The teams would play the sudden-death format in which the teams play team-doubles until one team completes a hole with a lower score. After a couple pars on the downhill hole 11, the match would be decided by a couple errant drives from the Bruins on the difficult hole 12. Fox would bogey the hole as Mount Hood took par to secure the victory and the crucial league point.

League play will resume on the 12th of December with the teams taking to Corvallis to compete at Adair County Park hosted by the Beavers.

Full Results:

Team Singles Doubles Total
Oregon State 161 45 206
Portland State 172 46 218
Oregon 175 48 223
LCC 176 54 230
Mount Hood 177 54 231 (won in playoff)
George Fox 177 54 231
Corban 201 55 256