The 515th Sapper Company won the 2019 Commander’s Cup Disc Golf Tournament first-place trophy Friday, securing their victory with a one-stroke win in a playoff with the 14th Military Police Brigade after both teams tied in regulation play.
“It was super close, and we ended with a tie, so we all agreed to (the playoff), and we ended up pulling off the win,” said Damon Wahl, who, along with teammate Michael Green, accepted the trophy.
“It was fun,” Green said. “It’s good to get out and compete against everyone, especially in disc golf. Sometimes people get fixated on basketball, football and things like that, but this allows us to participate in a variety of different sports.”
Four, two-player teams took part in the tournament, which was played on a shortened course on the six holes on the south side of Colyer Park. After all the teams completed the course, the 515th Sapper Co. and the 14th MP Bde. were tied for first at 21 points each.
After players agreed to the playoff, Chief of Sports Coleman Swinton defined the parameters: The teams would play from the starting point of the course to Hole 3.
The 515th Sapper Co. made the hole in four throws, while the 14th MPs took five.
Green made the winning shot for the 515th.
“I tend to throw hard, and if I can get it through the trees I get lucky; otherwise it stops,” he said.
Green said he and Wahl established their game plan just prior to the tournament.
“We talked once or twice, and we came out here about 30 minutes before the tournament and threw a few discs,” Green said. “We quickly realized that I was going to brute through it, and he was going to be more strategic.”
Green said he was proud of the 515th’s performance this season, not only in Friday’s disc-golf event, but in the overall Commander’s Cup Series.
“I’d just like to say this is a company team facing battalions and brigades,” he said.
The 14th MP Bde. team of Jonathon Johnson and Samuel Lowrey took home the second-place trophy.
All four teams were close in scoring. The 31st Engineer Battalion took third place, shooting a 22, while the 554th Engineer Battalion took fourth place, shooting a 23.
Only two stand-alone tournaments remain in the 2019 Commander’s Cup series. The annual paintball tournament is scheduled Sept. 6 at the Outdoor Adventure Center, while the 3-vs.-3 basketball tournament will take place Sept. 20 at Davidson Fitness Center. Units wishing to participate in either tournament should have their designated sports representatives turn in letters of intent to the Sports Branch at DFC.