Nate Sexton keeps reaching new heights in the world of disc golf.
In June 2016, I wrote a feature about Sexton competing on the pro tour while was visiting the region giving out pointers with former world champion Paul McBeth at a clinic in Adair Park. I wrote at the time that he was one of the hottest players on the tour. More than two years later, he still is.
Last fall, I wrote a story about Sexton winning the U.S. Disc Golf Championships. And last week, he won on the Disc Golf Pro Tour by finishing first in the Ledgestone Insurance Open in Illinois.
Bennett Wineka wrote this about the tournament:
"Eureka Lake, home of the Ledgestone Insurance Open, is designed to punish bad throws. It’s a long course, with a lot of artificial out-of-bounds. If it sounds like a midwestern version of South Carolina’s Winthrop Gold, the venerable grounds of the United States Disc Golf Championship, it’s because it basically is.
"And there he was, sitting there in the Open field. The man who most recently navigated the ropes at Winthrop. A man with an eponymous playing style, coined by others, of course, that’s come to signify playing precisely and picking your moments to be aggressive. It’s not conservative, it’s not “smart,” it’s Nate Sexton golf.
Starting Sunday in a tie for second with a three-stroke deficit going into the final round, would we see Sexton playing his signature style? “When don’t I?” he said after the round.
"While he was able to joke later, it was all business when a disc was in his hand in Illinois. Sexton played his best golf of the weekend on Sunday, a 1064-rated, 10-under par 53, to win his first ever Disc Golf Pro Tour event with a four-round total of 28-under par 224.
When you put together a list of our most successful athletes in Philomath history, you have to include Sexton. He’s doing some great things out there in his sport. Of course, he might still need to win a few more titles to put himself on equal footing with his wife. Brianna Anderson-Gregg was one of the top runners in Philomath High School history with six state titles.