Willmon, Campbell lead Oakland contingent in 1st FDL standings

Division leaders: Shreve (Adv), Spradlin (Rec), Spradlin-Vogelsang (Youth)

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* Fall Doubles League continues through Dec. 18
* Winter Doubles League begins Jan. 1

FROSTBURG — As points in the Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s Fall Doubles League are awarded based on a mix of performance and participation, it makes sense that the top six players are the ones who have played each of the first three weeks.

Bill Shreve, Kevin Spradlin, Nicholas Willmon, Caleb Campbell, Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang and Noah Spradlin have had their fair share of first-place finishes in each of the first three weeks of league play. Contenders and hopefuls for free spots into the club’s Allegany County Disc Golf Doubles Championships tournament, set for March 4, 2023, need to remember only one thing: There’s plenty of disc golf left to play.

Caleb Campbell, 19, of Oakland, sits in second place in the Fall Doubles League standings in the Advanced Division.

The Fall Doubles League is only one-third of the way complete, and Winter Doubles League will run another nine weeks from Jan. 1 through Feb. 26. Players in all divisions and genders have plenty of time to make their way to the top of the scoreboard.

Players in each division — Advanced, Recreation and Youth, based primarily on a player’s ability relevant to local disc golf competition — can earn five points each Sunday afternoon for a shared win, four points for second place, three points for third place, two points for fourth place, and one point for fifth place. In addition, every player each week earns at least one participation point. If a player players two consecutive weeks, that player earns two participation points for that second week (and a total of three participation points in that two-week period).

There will be at least one opportunity for players to earn double the normal number of points — yes, we’re lookin’ at you, Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Glades at Meshach Run in Accident. Players are competing only against other players within their division for a free tournament spot in March.

Willmon and Campbell are two of nine Oakland-area players to compete in the first three weeks. Last season, a total of 23 players completed at least one round in 18 weeks of play. So far, a total of 22 players have toed the tee pads in the first three weeks. The average age of the 22 players is 24.73 years, including 31.29 years (Advanced), 24.92 years (Rec) and 8.67 years (Youth).

The Rec Division’s average increases by nearly two and one-half years if youngers Josiah Spradlin, 13, of Frostburg, and Jesse Campbell, 12, of Oakland, are left out (27.4 years among 10 players without them). But their talents and abilities on the courses elevate them to the Rec Division.

Advanced Division

Bill Shreve, 46, of Cumberland, sits atop the leaderboard of 22 players with a total of 21 points. Shreve has earned a share of first place in each of the first three weeks. Shreve credited his partners for a lot of that, but the result is the same: Shreve, the Allegany County Disc Golf Club’s October Player of the Month and Most Valuable Player of the 2021-22 Fall/Winter Doubles League season standings, continues to pile up the points.

Matt Marsh, 20, of Oakland, is tied for fifth in the Rec Division through Week 3 with 10 points.

Just behind him is Caleb Campbell, 19, of Oakland, with 18 points. Campbell finished with a share of third place in Week 3, dropping him into second place at least for the moment. Shreve and Campbell are the only two Advanced Division players to compete all three weeks.

Rec Division

Nicholas Willmon might not have had his best day on the disc golf course in Week 1 at Mile Lane Disc Golf Course in Mount Savage. Since then, he’s fared much better.

The 28-year-old from Oakland has played well at Central and The Glades in Weeks 2 and 3 to accumulate 19 points — one behind Rec Division leader Kevin Spradlin, 43, of Frostburg. Spradlin and Willmon sit second and third, respectively, in the overall standings.

Noah Spradlin, 23, of Frostburg, sits in third in the Rec Division with 17 points.

Youth Division

For Luke Spradlin-Vogelsang, its a runaway. So far, at least.

The 9-year-old Frostburg boy is the only player in his division to player all three weeks. That fact alone gives him a leg up on his peers, as he enjoys a 12-point lead over the nearest competitor. However, circumstances could cause Spradlin-Vogelsang (18 points) to miss some Sunday afternoons in the near future, leaving the door wide open for Noah Davis, 8, of Frostburg, who sits in second with six points. Gary Schultz Jr., 9, of Frostburg, who placed third in the Summer Flex League’s Boys’ Youth Division, made his first appearance on a disc golf course in Week 3 of FDL play since Week 6 of the SFL in late August. It’s clear he has been working on his forehand, but with five points, he’s got some catching up to do.

 

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