April 19, 2009 - Report from the Collegiate Disc Golf Championships at Augusta
              The Crimson Tide Disc Golf Team traveled to Augusta, Georgia  for the Collegiate Disc Golf Championships from
           April 17-19, 2009.  The team was represented by Drew Patton, Josh Maynor, Alex Butler, David Anthony, and
           Ben Wales.  The team finished 4th in the tournament which consisted of four singles rounds, an alternate shot
           doubles round, and a team putting competition.  Patton and Butler won the Collegiate Disc Golf Doubles
           National Championship and Patton also earned Second Team All-American honors and won the Long Drive
               On the first day, the red (short) tees and the blue (medium) tees were played during the first two singles
           rounds.  The Crimson Tide finished the first day tied for 8th and 23 strokes off of UAH's lead of 20 strokes under
           par.  The red and black (long) tees were played during the third and fourth singles rounds on day two.  The Tide
           moved up tot the 4th place after the second day of singles rounds, but lost ground on the new leader,
           Mississippi State.  Bama performed well in the doubles competition and well enough in the putting competition
           to maintain their position for a 4th place finish.  Mississippi State ultimately held on to win the National
           championship and their top player, Drew Davis, won the individual championship.
               Individually, the top performer for Alabama was Drew Patton who finished 1th and peaked in the 4th round
           with a 958 rated round.  Josh Maynor finished 17th with his best rated round at 943.  Alex Butler finished 23rd
           and his best rated round was a 930.  David Anthony and Ben Wales shared duties.  Anthony's best round was
           rated 882 and Wales' best was 800.  The top rated round of the entire tournament was a 1013 rating shot by an
           Arkansas player.
               This was Alex Butler's third time to represent the University of Alabama at the collegiate championships. 
           Butler also won a Doubles National Championship at the 2007 tournament with his partner, Michael Connors. 
           Maynor attended the collegiate championships for the first time in 2008 when he earned First Team All-American
           honors.  In 2007, the team finished 2nd at the championships and 5th in 2008.  The 2009 4th place finish makes
           Alabama the only team to have finished in the top 5 in all o fthe Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.  This was
           the first trip to the championships for Patton, Anthony, and Wales.


The Alabama Crimson Tide
Disc Golf Team

is pleased to announce the results of the
Alabama Slammer
Collegiate Challenge

February 21, 2009
Bowers Park, Tuscaloosa, AL

This tournament is a PDGA Sanctioned
A team must consist of
at least 3 but no more than 4 players.

Participating Teams:
University of Alabama Crimson Tide - A
University of Alabama Crimson Tide - B
Mississippi State University Bulldogs
University of Alabama - Birmingham Blazers
University of Alabama - Huntsville Chargers
Birmingham Southern College Panthers


2 Rounds Total - 1 Best Shot Doubles, 1 Singles
Doubles Round:  One pair per team must play, two pairs may play for teams with 4 players
Team Scoring:  Top 3 Singles Score plus Top Doubles Pair Score

1 Drew Davis/Kenneth Gustine Mississippi State Univ. 42
2 Josh Maynor/Ben Wales Crimson Tide - A 43
  Clifton Byrd/Joseph Rychlak Birmingham Southern College 43
4 Tyler Harbin/Zac Simpson Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville 44
5 Alex Butler/Drew Patton Crimson Tide - A 47
6 Jarrod Bush/Andy Burns Crimson Tide - B 48

Brad Wardman/Justin Irvin Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 48
  Nathan Pitts/Scott Turner Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville 48
9 David Hilgeman/Alex Cape Birmingham Southern College 49
10 John Roberts/Justin Lesley Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 51
  Connor Bentley/Casey Punturo Crimson Tide - B 51
12 Andy Jones/Jordan Eldridge Mississippi State Univ. 53

  Player School Round 2
1 Drew Davis Mississippi State Univ. 47
2 Alex Butler Crimson Tide - A 49
3 Tyler Harbin Univ. of Alabama- Huntsville 51
  Drew Patton Crimson Tide - A 51
5 Clifton Byrd Birmingham Southern College 52

Brad Wardman Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 52

David Hilgeman Birmingham Southern College 52
  John Roberts Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 52
9 Nathan Pitts Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville 53
10 Kenneth Gustine Mississippi State Univ. 54

Zac Simpson Univ. of Alabama- Huntsville 54
  Scott Turner Univ. of Alabama - Huntsville 54
13 Josh Maynor Crimson Tide - A 56
  Andy Jones Mississippi State Univ. 56
15 Justin Lesley Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 57
16 Joseph Rychlak Birmingham Southern College 58
17 Jarrod Bush Crimson Tide - B 59
18 Andy Burns Crimson Tide - B 61
19 Justin Irvin Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham 63
  Connor Bentley Crimson Tide - B 63
21 Ben Wales Crimson Tide - A 64
22 Casey Punturo Crimson Tide - B 66
23 Jordan Eldridge Mississippi State Univ. 70
24 Alex Cape Birmingham Southern College 999


Doubles Singles-1 Singles-2 Singles-3 Total
Mississippi State University* 42 47 54 56 199
Crimson Tide - A 43 49 51 56 199
University of Alabama - Huntsville 44 51 53 54 202
Birmingham Southern College 43 52 52 58 205
University of Alabama - Birmingham 48 52 52 57 209
Crimson Tide - B 48 59 61 63 231

* - Mississippi State defeated Crimson Tide - A in a three hole playoff, 3 under par to 2 under par

Congratulations to the Mississippi State University Bulldogs for winning the Alabama Slammer!!

The Alabama Slammer was an outstanding success with very intense competition from 5 different schools.  After one doubles round and one singles round, there was only a ten stroke difference among the top 5 teams.  Mississippi State's team tied the home team, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide A team for first place after two rounds.  MSU had the top doubles score from Drew Davis and Kenneth Gustine with a 42, edging out the Tide's team of Josh Maynor and Ben Wales and Birmingham Southern's team of Clifton Byrd and Joseph Rychlak by one stroke.  MSU's Davis also took the top score (47) in singles with a two stroke lead over the next best performer, the Crimson Tide's own Alex Butler (49).  Just behind them, Tyler Harbin of UAH and Drew Patton, also a Tide player, tied for 3rd with a 51.  The top performers for Birmingham Southern and UAB were in a four-way tie for 5th place. 

It should also be noted that, across the board, it was MSU's Drew Davis's day.  Not only did he and his doubles partner win the doubles round by a stroke, not only did he win the singles competition by two strokes, but he also took home a CTP prize and ALL THREE ROUNDS of the Ring of Fire.

Congratulations again to Drew Davis, Kenneth Gustine, Andy Jones, and Jordan Eldridge of Mississippi State University!  On a final note, this win has earned Mississippi State a seeding at the Collegiate Championships in Augusta, GA.  Way to go, Bulldogs!