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US Disc Golf Championship: Nate Sexton forges tie with Nathan Doss

US Disc Golf Championship

Paul McBeth tees off on hole 2.
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Paul McBeth tees off on hole 2.

Chapel Hill’s Nate Sexton birdied five of the first six holes to jump start his second round at the U.S. Disc Golf Championship played at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Sexton shot his second straight eight-under par round and is currently tied at -16 with first-round leader Nathan Doss.

“Through 13 holes, I think I only had one par on the scorecard. I had three bogeys and nine birdies and one par through 13, so kind of a strange round. I was playing aggressive and that says something. I’m happy with that,” Sexton said.

Doss, from Bend, Oregon, playing in his 13th USDGC, followed his first round -11 with a -5. “That was huge for me,” Doss said describing making par-saving putts on the three holes he landed out-of-bounds.

Doss’s strategy going into round three is the “same as before,” trying to keep the disc in-bounds and avoiding penalty strokes by going out-of-bounds or landing in hazards.

Five strokes behind the leaders is Alex Geisinger (-11) from Lakeville, Minnesota who shot the low-round of the day with a 59 (-8).

Six strokes behind the leaders at -10 are Paul McBeth (Tuttle, Oklahoma), Ricky Wysocki (Fort Mill) and Zach Melton (Gray, Tennessee). Melton shot a -7 for the round and described the Winthrop University Gold Course as “lefty-friendy” and said he made all putts “he should make, inside the circle.” The circle refers to the 33-foot area around the target considered to be the putting area.

Paul McBeth, four-time World Champion, is still chasing the PDGA’s Grand Slam sweep, and is within striking distance with two rounds left to play. “I had half good holes and half bad. There is a lot of room for improvement. Another 62, another 5 (shots) down. My putting was on point today. Made every putt inside the circle and some outside. Just bigger numbers today, made some mistakes, too many bogeys,” McBeth said.

Round three continues Friday with the lead card teeing off at 2 p.m.

Three who mattered

Will Schusterick: Defending champion shot a five-under to improve after his poor first round (+2). He is currently tied for 25th place sitting at -3.

Ken Climo: Five-time USDGC champion was four-under through the first 12 holes but threw his disc out-of-bounds on four straight shots on the par 5, 801-foot hole and ended carding a 13. He currently sits tied at 25th place at -3.

Jeremy Koling: Charlotte disc golfer shot a five-under 62 following his first round 63 and is tied for 7th with three other disc golfers at -9, seven shots off the leaders.

They said it

“It hit the knot.” Ken Climo happily said after his approach shot on hole 12 was headed for OB when the disc seemingly hit a knot in the out-of-bounds rope and bounced back towards the target landing 29-feet from the target. He missed his birdie putt and settled for a par 4.

By the numbers

7: Cameron Colgazier from Theodore, Alabama, shot a three-over 7 on the hole 18, a disappointing finish to a strong round of 60 (-7) “I play aggressive wherever I go and the shots were flowing and I was keeping them inbounds and making putts until 18. I threw out of bounds on my second and third shots and took a seven…I feel good moving into Friday. I’ll continue to be aggressive,” Colgazier said.

13: Toughest hole for the second-straight day. The 801-foot, par 5, hole 13 average score was 6.12 including a 16 carded.

8: The total number of eagle or better scores during round two.

Want to go

When: Tournament continues through Saturday. Sunday is Spectator Day, when the cost is $10 to play the championship-level course.

Where: Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

Tickets: Single-day, $10; VIP for all days of competition, $25.

More info: usdgc.com

Leader board

1. Nate Sexton (-16)

1. Nathan Doss (-16)

3. Alex Geisinger (-11)

4. Zach Melton (-10)

4. Paul McBeth (-10)

4. Ricky Wysocki (-10)

7. Cameron Colglazier (-9)

7. Jeremy Koling (-9)

7. Nikko Locastro (-9)

7. Michael Johansen (-9)

11. David Feldberg (-8)

11. Teemu Nissinen (-8)

11. Henrik Johansen (-8)

11. Eagle Wynne McMahon (-8)

15. Barry Schultz (-7)

Notables:

20. Steve Brinster (-5)

25. Will Schusterick (-3)

25. Ken Climo (-3)

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