Texas Aggies Bring Home the State Championship!

Excessive rainfall and flooding didn’t stop the Aggies in their pursuit to bring home the state collegiate
disc golf championship trophy to College Station! After an initial rain delay on October 31, 85 disc golfers
from nine colleges and universities set out to bring home the championship title at the Texas Collegiate
Disc Golf Championship tournament in Dripping Springs, TX. At the conclusion of 21 holes, the Aggie
White team had thrown their way into second place in team standings, Caleb Wilkins was tied for the
men’s singles top spot, Mitchell Gothard and Graham Clumpner ranked in the top ten disc golfers in
singles, and Clumpner secured the closest to pin award.
Twin Parks Country Club disc golf course, with its beautiful hill country ruggedness and live oak and
cedar wooded courses, provided the setting for the two day tournament. Doubles competition on Sunday
morning had doubles team shooting nine holes each of “best shot” and “alternating shot”. Again, the
Aggies rose to the occasion with Mitchell Gothard and Kyle Heisch securing a tie for first place in Best
Shot.
The Texas men’s singles champion was determined in a sudden death contest between Aggie Caleb
Wilkins and Texas Tech’s Tobin Sipes. Wilkins threw his opening drive on the island hole to park it within
four feet of the basket, while the drive by Texas Tech did not make it inbounds. A tap in by Wilkins
secured the birdie for the hole and the title of Men’s Championship Medalist for Texas!
Points earned by the Aggie White team in singles and doubles play placed them in a strong second going
into the final nine holes which pitted teams in head to head match play with the Aggies competing against
Texas Tech for the title of Texas Collegiate Disc Golf Champions. And when the round was complete, the
Texas Aggies came out on top to bring home the first place trophy! The Aggies have secured their spot to
compete for a second consecutive year at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship tournament in
Augusta, SC in April 2016.
Disc golf is growing in popularity among the students at Texas A&M, with incoming students inquiring
about team opportunities before arriving for the first day of their freshman year. Last year the Aggies were
represented by three players and brought home fourth place in the state championship. For the 2015
competition, Aggies filled two teams of four (White and Maroon) to compete for the championship title.
The Maroon team finished a respectable tenth place, especially considering they were playing in a four
person competition with only three players due to illness. Blake McKenna, Justin Graham and Kiralyn
Brackel competed on the Maroon team while Stephen Romo fell ill and wasn’t able to make the trip.
The Aggies have become a force to be reckoned with in Texas Collegiate Disc Golf circles. They are
starting to train and raise funds now for their trip to the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships in
Augusta, South Carolina next spring. Disc golf is a fast growing sport and these dedicated athletes
competed in a way to make Aggies everywhere proud!
Jay and Des Reading, both professional disc golfers, serve as tournament directors and put on a fantastic
tournament for the Texas Collegiate disc golf teams. They have over a dozen World Titles to their credit
including three Women’s World Championships for Des and five Putting World Titles for Jay. The Texas
collegiate event is in its fourth year and has grown steadily each year reaching a sellout capacity this
year!

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