Action stretched across two cards in the final round of the 2013 U.S. disc golf championship, but when the dust settled Steve Brinster of Warwick, N.Y., won by a single stroke, shooting -31 for the tournament and 62 (5 under par) for the final round. This is Brinster’s first major event win. He won $7,500.
“To finally get a win (major) after playing disc golf for 20 years feels amazing,” he said.
His victory wasn’t certain with two players tied for second: 3-time U.S. Champ Barry Shultz of Louisburg, N.C., and Steve Rico of Sylmar, Calif., both finished at -30 for the tournament. Shultz played a solid 58 (9 under par ) with 2 bogeys and Steve Rico’s putting skills, including a 60-foot putt for birdie on hole 13, helped him record a 60 (-7 under par) at the end of the round.
A large threat to Brinster’s victory actually came from three competitors who each had one bad hole take them out of the running. Dave Feldberg, the champion in 2005, was at -32 for the tournament going into the final hole which ended up giving him a triple-bogey and he settled for tied for fourth..
Will Schusterick of Nashville, who was hoping for his third U.S. Championship win, was tied for the lead going into hole 17 where back-to-back out-of-bound shots from the tee ended up giving him a triple bogey. He ended the tournament at -27, tied for 6th.
Nate Doss, the 2008 U.S. champ, also had a stretch of bad luck on hole 13 where he carded a 5-over par score. He ended his final round with a 65 (-2), bringing his tournament total to -27.