Europe may have won the Ryder Cup of golf, but in disc golf's equivalent tournament, America dominated.
Halfway through the first Presidents Cup played on United States soil, Team USA was up 13 to 1. Despite a couple of battles in match play, the Americans handily won their third straight trophy in the international contest.
For its U.S. debut, the Cup drew a crowd of roughly 200 people to Winthrop University's disc golf course Tuesday.
Team USA took on Team Europe, each with six men and two women, in a two-round tournament divided into stroke play and match play. They competed on the nine holes closest to the lake on Winthrop's treacherous Gold Course, considered by professional golfers to be the world's toughest.
Players fought the course, the lake, the wind and in one case, yellow jackets.
When throwing from a rough patch along the shore, the U.S.'s Des Reading happened upon a nest of the insects, which paused play momentarily.
The Cup is one of two major disc golf events that Winthrop is hosting this week.
The four-day 2010 U.S. Disc Golf Championship starts today at 7:30 a.m.
From the sideline Tuesday, Mike Henry watched with an eye toward today.
After winning top competitions in Michigan to qualify for the U.S. Championship, Henry drove down from his Detroit home.
The Cup, he said, "is for prestige and honor."
Today, the stakes are higher.
Henry played in last year's championship, but didn't fare well.
He blames it on attempting big shots on an unforgiving course.
"I'm playing it safer this year," he said. "It's beautiful here ... and grueling. It's the only tournament like it in the world."
After taking up the sport four years ago, Henry is a full-time professional.
As disc golf gains popularity, Henry has high hopes.
"It is getting a lot bigger," he said. "I keep practicing because I think it might pay off in the next couple of years."