College Disc Golf brings March Madness to Columbia County
Appling, Georgia (March 15, 2019) – March Madness: It’s not just for basketball anymore.
While 65-plus NCAA schools are set to spread out across the nation to settle the annual question of which hoops squad is best, disc golf is bringing more than 70 teams to town for the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship (NCDGC), a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Major event. The four-day tournament takes place March 27-30 at the International Disc Golf Center here in Appling, which boasts three championship-level courses that will help decide the winner of college disc golf’s most prestigious crown.
With a format that mixes team doubles play and singles competition, the NCDGC is one of the sport’s most unique events. Forty colleges will don their colors for a rousing opening ceremony Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. before taking to the course for five grueling rounds. Singles champions will be crowned Saturday morning before the team title is doled out that afternoon. Headlining the affair are defending men’s champions Mississippi State University and women’s powerhouse Liberty University, while perennial contenders like Michigan’s Ferris State University and the hometown heroes from Augusta University look to play spoiler.
“Collegiate athletics foster the most passionate competition in sports, and the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship is no different,” said Tournament Director and College Disc Golf Development Manager John Baker. “Our student-athletes have battled their way to this championship event and are here to represent the best collegiate disc golfers from across the country.”
In addition to the competition, there will be plenty of fanfare for disc golf aficionados and new converts alike, as equipment vendors will be on site each day and food will be available for purchase. Top professional disc golfers will also be on hand to provide inspiration, as 2017 United States Disc Golf Champion Nate Sexton will also hold an instructional clinic Friday night.
The event is free for spectators, though there is a $3.00 per car gate fee for entry into Wildwood Park.
For more information on the playing format, and to see a detailed schedule, please visit NCDGC.com.