Friday, April 13, 2012
Two years ago was something of a dream for the Augusta State disc golf team. The unheralded Jags came to the national championship and ran away with the title.
This year, they're hungry to remember that feeling.
In their title defense last year, ASU was edged out by Oregon, but that doesn't have the Jags worried.
The tournament is right in their back yard, up Highway 1 at the Hippodrome, and last year's team is intact, bringing an extra year of experience.
With four days of competition, anything can happen, but ASU is thinking championship.
Senior Patrick May said, "We do have big goals. Winning the national championship here in 2010 was a great accomplishment for us. So, once we tasted that glory, we just wanted to get back after it again. We fell short last year, finishing second, only by a couple strokes to a great Oregon team. We're going to go after it again this year. We're the local flavor, but I will say the competition has gotten a lot stiffer."
The golf team we know more about at Augusta State is the traditional one, but the disc golf team is on the rise. Their first national title raised their profile on campus, and their goals are even higher.
"Hopefully we're getting there as disc golf gets recognized more and more," said junior Michael Cosper. "Hopefully it'll build in that area, and we'll be recognized a little more. There's definitely a lot of hype around ASU for the disc golf team, at least for those who know what disc golf is. So, it's really exciting."
Friday was the second day of competition in the four day event. The Jags and Oregon won or placed second at the last two national championships, and they're two of the favorites once again.