Kingsbury takes local disc golf crown
FRISCO – Local disc golf professionals Jason Engleman and Greg Kingsbury have an interesting relationship: best friends, big rivals; doubles partners, singles nemeses; one taught the other the game, now the student has overtaken the teacher.
Kingsbury wrapped up the season points series of the AB Ski and Sport/High Country Disc Golf circuit Wednesday on the Frisco Peninsula by finishing in the top six in the finale. Engleman won the day with a 51, but it wasn’t enough to catch the player he introduced to the game four years ago.
“It’s my fourth year playing, and each year just keeps getting better,” Kingsbury said. “Jason taught me to play, and I beat him for the season. That was my goal for this year.”
Kingsbury was rewarded for consistency. He won only one of the eight events this year, but he was never out of the money. He finished second twice and third three times. He also benefited from Engleman’s slow start.
“I started out bad and then finished pretty well,” Engleman said. “I couldn’t catch up until the last three and I didn’t do it fast enough. I need one more tournament to do better than him.”
This was the first year the series had an overall season points champion. The new format added some spice from week to week, according to the competitors.
“It gave it a little more of a competitive edge,” Engleman said. “You look at your standings every week, and you’re fighting for points, and you notice who doesn’t show up.”
One big no-show Wednesday was Wade Swarm. He was second in the overall standings going into the final event – the only one with a legitimate shot to catch Kingsbury. His absence gave Kingsbury a free ride to the title and allowed Engleman to sneak into second.
“I wish he was here,” Kingsbury said, “but I don’t think he would have caught me.”
With the local season over, Kingsbury and Engleman will team up this weekend and travel to Taos, N.M., for the New Mexico doubles state championship. Then, on Sept. 28 and 29, High Country Disc Golf will host the Colorado state doubles championship on the peninsula.
The amateur season title was also on the line Wednesday, with Drew Greer and Mike Neal separated by nine points going into the evening. Neal beat Greer by one stroke, but the overall standings were not available Wednesday night.
For Greer, though, the season title was never a big concern.
“It’s just bragging rights,” Greer said. “I don’t really care who wins as much as I just want to beat the course.”
Greer’s season goal was to shoot par (54) on the course. He shot 61 in the rain Wednesday.
“I’m going to play until it’s too snowy out here,” Greer said. “I’ll beat the course sooner or later. I want to shoot a 54 or better on it, then I’d like to try to get there consistently.”
Robin Hotle went uncontested in the women’s points race, and Tim Kroening, Jeremiah Schwartz and Josh Kroening had a season-long battle in the junior ranks.
An awards party is planned for Sunday, Sept. 29 at Barkley’s in Frisco.
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