The disc golf team at Saginaw Valley State University won the inaugural Collegiate Cup Sunday, June 11 at Flip City Disc Golf Course in Shelby, Michigan.
SVSU competed against some of the best teams in the country, including two teams from Ferris State University who won national championships last year. Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Hendrix College from Arkansas also competed.
“The championship was a tremendous accomplishment,” said Kenneth Mize, a social work major from Flint and member of SVSU’s disc golf team. “We took home $2,000, which goes to our club fund so it will help us out tremendously.”
Disc golf is one of 27 club sports offered at SVSU where students compete against other collegiate club programs. Club teams receive some administrative and financial support from the university, but they also learn valuable skills through fundraising, making travel arrangements and the like. A total of 387 SVSU students competed in club sports during the 2016-17 academic year.
In disc golf, players toss flying discs toward targets; scoring is similar to golf. For the Collegiate Cup, the SVSU team played seven rounds of 24 holes.
“Personally I love the competition and seeing people fall in love with the sport” Mize said.
Other members of the winning SVSU team were:
• Mitchell Kloc of Freeland, who graduated in May with a degree in professional and technical writing
• Matthew Murdock, a physical education major from Montrose
• Alex Villanueva, a criminal justice major from Davison