3/5/12: Gateway Collegiate Classic Recap
With representatives from schools as far-flung as Mississippi State, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Alabama – and as home grown as Lindenwood University and St. Louis Community Colleges – the 22 Team Gateway Classic was the 2nd-largest Collegiate Team event ever. School spirit was evident as players decked themselves out in team jerseys, joined in rousing cheers, and gave each other pep talks and much needed moral support after a rough throw or a missed putt. The camaraderie and class exhibited throughout the weekend by the competitors is both to be commended, and looked upon as a harbinger of good things to come as Collegiate Team disc golf grows!
Saturday’s action saw 2 rounds of singles play at Jefferson Barracks Park, and the eventual Champions jumped out to an early, and ultimately insurmountable, lead on a cold and blustery day…
The second day’s format, to unfold at Endicott Park, called for an alternating team, alternating shot format that would pit two schools’ entire squads against each other per card. Purdue vs Arkansas, Illinois vs Western Illinois, and Murray State vs Ferris State at the top of the leaderboard, and teeing off near the end of the rolling-start tee times (click here for all of the matchups). Coming into the day 3 strokes behind Western Illinois, Murray State charged past Ferris State over the 18 hole track to finish just one stroke shy of taking the Top Qualifying spot. Western Illinois, who had played Illinois to a Team Score-tie through Saturday’s two rounds, again found themselves square with their competitors after Sunday’s round, securing their Nationals’ Bid, and now in a playoff for the honor of a 2nd place finish in the event. After 3 extra holes, with the match being extended by big putts from the U of I squad on the first two holes, the Western Illinois Bulldogs showed their fight and walked away victorious.
Overall Finish: (click for all the scores)
1) Purdue University
2) Western Illinois University
3) University of Illinois
Gateway Collegiate Classic NCDGC Bid Winners:
1) Western Illinois
2) Murray State
The St. Louis Disc Golf Club would like to thank all of the schools who participated and helped show how exciting and enjoyable a Collegiate Team event can be- we hope you enjoyed yourselves as well! The weekend couldn’t have gone off as smoothly as it did without the advance work of Ryan Black, TC Brown, Steve Klieber, and others. Many more helped throughout the weekend, including Bob Waidmann, Chris Kinsella, Ron Robertson, Vince Weber, Greg Doh, Corey O’Brien, Mark Dudenhoeffer, and everyone else! We also took a bunch of photos throughout the weekend, including Team Photos for each School, that are all available for download/etc.- see below for links.
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Click here for all of Sunday’s Pics, including Team Photos