After some sensational throws in the women’s events at the USA Champs, the men putters decided to put on a show of their own. As expected, the US men came away with four giants heading to Moscow; thankfully they did it with style.
London Olympian, former world indoor champ and holder of the world lead, Ryan Whiting, hit a monster throw of 22,11m (72′ 6″) on his third throw. This was the second best meet of his life and first US title to boot. Three time Olympian, Reese Hoffa was peppering the 21 meter line all day and ended the competition in second place with a 21,34,, just a fuzz over 70 feet. After the second round, dark horse qualifier Zack Lloyd was in full control of 3rd place, finishing out the competition at 21,09m (69′ 2″). Cory Martin finished fourth with a useful 20,67m (67′ 9″) to solidify his spot on the world team. Paul Davis (19,91m 65′ 4”) completed his showing on the national scene with a fifth place finish, besting Joe Kovacs (19,84m 65′ 1″), Ryan Crouser (19,52m 64′ 0″) and Russ Winger (19,35m 63′ 6″ ), all with a 21-meter throw on their resume.
A unique spin to the shot competition involved Adam Nelson being awarded his long deserved victory lap for winning the 2004 Olympic games. Congrats to Nelson and his family.