Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Jason Lynn wrapped up his decorated collegiate disc golf career with another national title on Saturday.
Lynn, of North Augusta, and the Georgia Regents University Jaguars won the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship at the Hippodrome, holding off a strong Ferris State (Mi.) team to win its first championship since 2010.
“Ferris State put the heat on us early,” Lynn said. “You make enough pars out there, you put pressure on the other team, they know they have to make birdies to catch up. ... Ferris State is a very good team, and they could have easily won it here. We put together some solid rounds all of the days, in this bad weather.”
The Jaguars credited their win to great team chemistry, skill sets that compliment each other and the ability to have fun in the big moments.
“It feels great, everything we went through all week, the different weather and all, to play really solid all week worked out great,” said Clint Kuglar, one of four Jaguars on the disc golf team. “We played really well as a team. We’ve got two lefties and two righties on our team, which give us an advantage out there. ... All of our personalities click well, too. We’re always cracking jokes and keeping it light on the course, but we can execute when we need to.”
John Baker, another member of the Georgia Regents team, said their time together has made the team even better.
“I think it’s just the chemistry, this makes two years of us all playing together, and we get to play these courses all the time,” he said. “We just enjoy each others’ company. We play well together, and we all compliment each other’s game.”
For Lynn, the championship allows him to walk away from the collegiate ranks as a winner, something he was striving for during the tournament.
“Going out on top, there’s no better feeling in the world,” he said. “Obviously, this is the second one I’ve won now, but when you can win the last one you play in, it’s special.”
Alan Kane, the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship’s general manager, was happy with the team’s win.
“Jason is the greatest collegiate disc golfer ever; he’s a multiple time All American, now he’s a two-time national champion,” he said.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj.