Today was a bittersweet day. It was great to play disc golf for a full week and compete for a national championship title. But, it’s also a shame that the competition is over now and we are headed back to reality tomorrow. Speaking for all of us, this probably has been one of the best times in my life. We can’t explain the feeling of how great it is to make friends from other schools in other states. We can’t explain how deeply appreciative we are of all the hard work that the sponsors, course workers, tournament directors and volunteers put in to make this competition happen. And we most certainly cannot explain the greatest feeling of representing your school at a collegiate competition against 39 other disc golf teams in the nation. This has been an exhilarating experience.
As for the Championship Title, it came down to the wire. If you missed the championships on discgolfplanet.tv, it was a nail biter. Tennessee Tech came out victorious to earn this year’s title of 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Champion by just a mere single stroke. Tennessee turned in a -61 total for the 4 days of play. Colorado State took second place right at their heels with a total score of -60. Mississippi State actually tied Colorado for second place with a -60 score. Purdue and Alabama-Huntsville fell just short and took 4th and 5th place.
If a team places in the Top 8, they automatically qualify for next year’s National Championships. As for the Otters, we fell JUST short of that mark this year and ended up in 9th place. Although, we did hear that the rules are changing and they are going to do qualifications a little differently in order to get to Nationals. But, we will find out for sure real soon.
In the First Flight Division, we have some better news. Although Texas State took a real huge jump and held onto the lead, we were able to hang on to our second place standing and we ended with a total score of -28. Texas State took 1st in the First Flight with a -49. Our 2nd First Flight team (C team), took 11th place.
We are so proud of all of our players and our coach, Merle Witvoet. We couldn’t have done this without teamwork from our whole team and guidance from our coach Merle. A big shoutout goes out to our friends, families, and alumni for supporting us and following us as we played through the competition. Although we gave a good run at the Champion Title, we are happy that we are walking away with a trophy and that one of our very own earned the title of being an All-American Collegiate Disc Golfer. You can bet that the Otters will return, stronger than ever, ready for another run at the National Title.
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We wish everyone happy disc golfing. Please spread the sport and fun wherever you can. Until next time Georgia, this is the Otters of the CSUMB Disc Golf Team signing off. Thanks!
Editors Note: The California State University-Monterey Bay disc golf team is providing All Things Disc Golf with updates from their trip to the 2013 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. We are very thankful that CSUMB agreed to provide these updates. While the results weren’t quite what they were hoping for, they are going home with a second place trophy from the First Flight tournament and an All-American. We look forward to hearing more from CSUMB in the future!