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Neal 6 Ahead in Perf. Flight
With one round left, Jared Neal of Alabama is in the driver’s seat to win the USDGC Performance Flight. His 65 put him at a total of 32 strokes below his projected.
However, Kevin Tritten (pictured) of North Carolina isn’t throwing in the towel. Throwing a 69, which was 13 strokes better than his projected, Kevin has narrowed the gap to only 6.
“Let’s play again tomorrow,” Neal said to Tritten as they walked off the final hole. Tritten was the Daily Performance Winner.
Others hanging tough include: Roman Korol of Illinois, who is beating his projected by a total of 21 strokes; and Clayton Nash of Mississippi and Kyle Maute of Colorado are both beating their projected by a total of 16 after three rounds.
It took him a little while to get going, but from Hole 9 on Tritten beat his hole projection.
“The card was great. Everybody was relaxed. It wasn’t even like we were playing in a tournament,” said Tritten.
Nash, who was tied for second after Thursday, slipped to fourth with his 67, which was three better than his projection. He had high praise for Neal. “He makes it look like 65 is nothing,” said Nash.
Prior to the Championship Neal sat down with Disc Golf Hall of Famer Lavone Wolfe, who also lives in Huntsville, AL, and they analyzed each Winthrop hole for the smartest landing zones. The preparation has evidently paid off.
Prior to the USDGC, The closest week-long tournament like this for Neal was the National Collegiate Championships, where he finished 18th.
Tritten is still within striking distance of Neal, but he’s not worried about catching him. Sure, he’d like to shoot like he did on Friday, but he’ll have fun regardless, he said.
The fun continued during the earlier Performance tee times as well.
Stephen Williams of Charlotte shot his best round on Friday.
“I messed up on fewer holes than I did yesterday,” said Williams with a grin.
Though he’s played Winthrop Gold before, this week has been the first time he’s played between the yellow ropes. After Thursday’s round he returned home to play with friends.
He said compared to Winthrop Gold, “It was like child’s play.”