The members of the Mississippi State women's disc golf team receive their trophy and jackets for winning the national championship. The team members are Caitlin Spencer, from left, Mitzi Stegall, Pazlee Walker and Krystin Nowicki. (Submitted photo)
There are a group of national champions walking the campus of Mississippi State.
Pazlee Walker, Caitlin Spencer, Mitzi Stegall and Krystin Nowicki of the MSU women's disc golf team recently won the Professional Disc Golf Association national championship and has been something to brag about.
For Walker, the team captain, she was able to add to a family tradition of championships.
"I come from a family of state champions and all of my siblings are state champions so winning that title put a notch in my belt with my family," Walker said.
This is the first year for Mississippi State to compete in women's disc golf. The men started the sport in 2009 and won a national title then.
Now it's the women's turn.
"It's awesome to be the first women's national champion," Nowicki said.
Stegall was introduced to disc golf in junior college at Itawamba Community College in Fulton and brought the love of the sport with her to Starkville.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf only discs are used.
"You have different discs to throw for drivers, putters and mid ranges," Stegall said. "You've just got to figure out how they go in the wind and how to maneuver things."
Nowicki said disc golf "is a very addictive sport and very stressful" and one where a skill can be perfected.
"You want to play every afternoon, get out there, get better and see how your discs fly," Nowicki said.
Spencer didn't even know disc golf existed two months ago.
The sport began to grow on Spencer after participating with her roommate and others she met.
"It was the worse game I played in my life, but I love it and had so much fun with it," Spencer said. "I met these two (Nowicki and Stegall) and started playing with them. I do have to say I've gotten pretty good."
Despite being "nerve-wracking" and "stressful" in nature, Spencer said playing disc golf has been very rewarding.
She even admits disc golf has become such a part of her life than she has neglected certain responsibilities.
"I like to play every day and I probably do more playing than I do schoolwork, but it's fun," Spencer said.
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