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Neal Cruises to Perf. Flight Win
Four rounds of Jared Neal of Alabama was just too much for the rest of the Performance Flight field as the 963-rated Neal cruised to a seven stroke victory during Saturday’s final round.
When asked how his win felt Neal replied, “It feels really good. I don’t think it has set in yet.”
Roman Korol of Illinois and Kevin Tritten of N.C. both ended up beating their projected by 30 strokes for the tournament. Second went to Korol since he beat his projected more than Tritten did for the final round.
Kyle Maute of Colorado finished fourth beating his projected by 25 strokes for the tournament.
Korol, a first-time USDGC competitor, who was able to calm himself after a shaky start on Saturday, is ready to come back next year after soaking in all of the USDGC’s amenities and playing on the same course as so many big names.
“I tell my friends that this is like going on a cruise for disc golf,” said a smiling Korol, who beat his projected 78 by 9 on Saturday.
Tritten, who wasn’t able to find the same sweet stroke from Friday, still enjoyed himself and was sad to see the tournament end as the lead group played the final holes.
“Do we have to throw this hole? I don’t want to quit,” said Tritten prior to Hole 18.
Tritten beat his projected score of 82 by 4 strokes on Saturday.
Univ. of Alabama Huntsville disc golf coach Lavone Wolfe, who coaches Neal, had high praise for him.
“Just a great kid. Truly an inspiration to me. His work ethic is just incredible,” said Wolfe.
His aggressive yet relaxed playing style never changed throughout the week, even during the last round when some players may have dialed it down to preserve a lead.
“If what I’m doing is working then there’s no point in changing it,” said Neal.
For many instances the shots that Neal pulled out of his bag looked just as good as the shots coming from the Open Flight – a Flight we may see Neal play in the near future.
“The most exciting thing was when they (Open Flight competitors) asked me what I shot for the round. That’s definitely the biggest highlight of the tournament, second to winning,” said Neal.