Augusta, Georgia remains home to more than just one championship golf institution. Augusta State university golf secured its second consecutive NCAA national title, beating the Georgia Bulldogs three matches to two at Stillwater, Oklahoma's Karsten Creek on Sunday. ASU's departing senior class will go down as one of the most successful in college golf history, boosted by junior Jag and former Dawg Patrick Reed, still undefeated in NCAA tournament match play.
Augusta State becomes the first back-to-back NCAA golf champion since the Houston Cougars in 1984 and 1985.
Georgia went up two matches to one on ASU after Russell Henley held on against Henrik Norlander, taking a three-hole victory. The round came down to Hudson Swafford-Mitchell Krywulycz and Harris English-Patrick Reed, with Augusta State leading both by two holes. Krywulycz putted in on hole No. 17 to take the point from Swafford, putting the title in the hands of UGA's English and ASU's Reed.
Reed was up by two holes with three left, with an ASU player scrambling to inform him of the score. Reed matched English for par on hole No. 16 after English declined to concede the putt. Each player's hole No. 17 drive veered left of the green, with Reed's sailing right of the green and into the rough. English responded by plunging his ball into the water to the left, all but ensuring a Jaguars title.
Despite English's ball finding the hazard, Reed had to play his dance floor entry carefully to avoid whistling across the green and into the water himself. His effort sprinted past the hole and down the hill, barely remaining dry. His final landing on the green forced English to convert a long putt and hope for a Reed collapse, the former of which did not happen. Didn't matter anyway, as Reed two-putted to give the Jags the championship.