Ninth-ranked CSUMB saved their best for last to finish in 10th place at the 2011 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship near Augusta, Georgia.

The day prior, junior Brandon White finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual medal play out of 152 students. White also won the inaugural National Collegiate Putting Championship, one of many skills competitions held during the week.

The results might give the Otters an automatic berth in the 2012 national championship, but White's individual performance earned him placement on the 2011 All American team.

Also finishing for CSUMB were James Hardenburgh at 43rd, Daniel Messina at 67th, and Brian Ramler at 97th. Alternates included Ross Sauceda and Sam Bahlenhorst.

Team photo at Nationals. CSUMB is in blue shirts on the left.
Team Photo at Nationals. CSUMB is in blue shits with white stripes (l).

 

Improvement

This is a marked improved from last year, the team's first appearance in the national championship. Then, Messina placed 24th overall and the team finished 11th, earning an automatic berth to this year's tournament.

CSUMB coach Merle Witvoet said of White, "he's been playing for only 18 months." White emerged from the KIN 141 disc golf class Witvoet teaches and "is one of the calmest players I've coached."

2011 National Collegiate Putting champion Brandon White with national tournament
2011 National Collegiate Putting champion Brandon White with national tournament director, Pete May.

 

Tournament Review

Day 1 of the tournament started with a strong showing, with the team finishing just six shots off the lead in 6th place and Messina hitting a hole-in-one on the 18th hole of the hardest course in the tournament. The format was alternate shot doubles.

Day 2 brougt a lot of wind and high scores throughout the competition as the format changed to individual play, but the Otters held on to a 16th place showing.

Day 3 continued with individual play after some threat of lightning shorten play, but White continued his strong play to finish tied for 10th with Alan Kane of South Carolina. As a team, this helped move the Otters back to 11th place overall.

Day 4 found CSUMB as one of three teams to post the lowest scores, as the format switched back to alternate shot doubles and the Otters were paired with the Bobcats of Texas State. In just doubles competition (Days 1 and 4), the team came in third place out of the 36 teams in the event.

It was also a strong finish for West Coast teams, with Oregon upsetting last year's national champioins, Augusta State, by two strokes to take this year's title. San Diego State finished fifth overall, followed by CSUMB (10th), Portland State (24th) and Oregon State (30th). 

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