Tie atop standings in Fall Doubles League Week 1

Teams Shreve-Smith, Ryan-Spradlin each combine for 108
Team Cox-Dotson 3rd

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HAGERSTOWN — Oh. So. Close.

The Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s ace pot has been in play for 18 weeks of doubles league season through Fall 2022 and Winter 2022-23. Even in the two-round tournament in early March, no ace was recorded.

In Week 1 of the 2023 Fall Doubles League campaign, Gordon Cox came oh-so-close.

His backhand drive off the elevated tee pad on No. 13 at Ditto Farms Disc Golf Course sailed high on a hyzer, then dropped at just the right time and, as if magnetized, made a beeline to the basket.

Gordon Cox


Then a plop to the ground.

It was, perhaps, the closest yet to anyone securing a share of the ace pot.

Format for Week 1 of Fall Doubles League on Sunday in Hagerstown was combined score, and players were randomly paired with their partners after the round due to the club’s multiple moving parts (Week 1, plus a tournament, plus a glow round).

Cox, 49, of Hagerstown, and new club member Austin Dotson, 29, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., finished with a combined two over par 110 to earn a third-place finish among five teams. The pair carded six birdies on the day, including five by Cox (51) and one by Dotson (61).

There was a rare tie at the top of the standings — rare because the club usually has on-course performance break the tie in one form or fashion. This time, Bill Shreve, 47, of Cumberland, and teammate Richard Smith, 50, of Hagerstown, as well as Noah Spradlin, 24, of Frostburg, and newcomer Tom Ryan, 37, of Frederick, finished in a tie for first as each team carded a two under par 108. Ryan, who becomes the club’s highest PDGA-rated player (933), threw a 50 and Spradlin had a respectable 58. Ryan carded eight of the team’s 11 birdies. Shreve and Smith had a total of seven birdies, with Smith tallying four of them.

The power couple of Tim Farris, 27, and Shania Farris, 26, both of Wiley Ford, W.Va.,  placed fourth with a combined 120. That included Tim’s 59 and Shania’s 61. Their score included an evenly split four birdies.

Anthony Miller, 36, of Mercersburg, Pa., had the misfortune to be paired with Kevin Spradlin, 44, of Frostburg. Team Miller-Spradlin finished fifth in the five-team field with a 125. That score included Miller’s 60 and Spradlin’s 65.

Dotson won the CTP contest in style.

The club rookie threw a Discmania Tilt — described as “one of the most overstable discs on the market — with precision on a windy day. His disc landed only 5 feet, 8.25 inches from the basket for the win. The next-closest was Shreve’s disc that stopped 14 feet, 9.75 inches away.

Week 2 of Fall Doubles League returns to Allegany County on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Mile Lane Disc Golf in Mount Savage. Scroll down for the full schedule.


* Entering Sunday, the club ace pot had $153. It now has $169 heading into Week 2.

Gordon Cox

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