The seventh annual King's Cup was held in Kinston this past weekend and was the next stop on the NC Series and the fourth of five visits to the Eastern part of the state. A full field of 90 players battled Barnett Park and it's never ending challenge to add their name to one of the best trophies in NC disc golf, the King's Cup Trophy.
The Open division featured an epic battle between Brian Schweberger, Jeb Bryant and 2001 World Champion Cam Todd. Heading to the short layout for the final round, Todd and Bryant were tied with Schweberger one back. Schweberger got hot on the front birdieing 4 5 6 7 8 and 9 (with a roller) to close out a -8 score of 21 to tie Todd and go one head of Bryant. Todd struggled on the back leaving it up to Bryant and Schweberger. Despite Bryant shooting 19 on the back, Schweberger was able to win the event matching Bryant's 19 to shoot a course record 40 (-16) and take the victory. His win moved him into second place on the series still behind series leader Terry Gallops, who finished fourth.
The Masters division once again was all about Barry Schultz. The two time world champion and three time US Champion cruised to a 10 throw victory for his second win on the series in as many weeks. Brian McRee held off a stacked field to finish second. Schultz moved up to fifth in the series, but still well behind Jeff Baldwin, who finish fourth in Kinston, and has dominated his division all year. McRee is still in second and strengthened his lead over Chris Lee, who remains in third.
Series leader Jon Mills continued his steady play in the Advanced division with a third place finish and increased his lead over Jim Senior, who was not in attendance. Justin Kingery won the event and moved into the top 10 for the first time this year. Also making a big move was former leader Kurt Hodnett who moved back into contention once again.
The Intermediate division saw a shift up top as John Mickelson bested Mike Norris in the event to take over the lead. Brian Waer, who wasn't in attendance, remains in third.
The next event on the tour heads back West to Archdale for the Archdale Trinity of Commerce Disc Golf Championship, a PDGA A Tier event. And remember, this is the event for the NC USDGC Performance Edition spot. So get registered now!