Historic Day For ASU!
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Augusta State won its second consecutive National Championship on Sunday afternoon when the Jaguars defeated Georgia, 3-2, in the Match Play Finals of the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
With the victory, ASU became the first men's golf program to repeat as National Champions since the 1984-85 Houston Cougars, coached by the legendary Dave Williams.
Reed and Newman went undefeated in match play at 3-0, while Krywulycz went 2-1. Over the last two seasons, Reed posted a 6-0 match-play record at the NCAA Championships, while Newman went 5-1, Henrik Norlander went 4-2 and Krywulycz went 3-3.
On three consecutive days, ASU took down No. 2 seed, Georgia Tech, the No. 3 seed, tournament host and the top-ranked team in the nation Oklahoma State, and in-state rival Georgia, the No. 5 seed.
"It's been our rallying cry all year," Gregory said. "Nobody's won back-to-back national championships since the mid-80's and I said 'Why not us? Somebody has to do it; somebody has to break the streak.'
"These kids probably don't realize the historical significance, regardless of what sport it is. It's college golf, maybe its not big-time football or basketball, but they just made history and to be able to do that, win back-to-back National Championships, and to do it in the fashion they did is remarkable. It's something I've never dreamed of; something I can't believe just happened to us, and that's exactly what the kids say."
With the victory, ASU joined the exclusive company of programs with two National Championships such as: Arizona State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA.
The victory was the second of the season for the Jags, their eighth top-three finish of the season and their 18th tournament title under head coach Josh Gregory over the last nine seasons.
With the victory, Gregory joined Georgia head coach Chris Haack and Florida's Buddy Alexander as the only active coaches to lead their programs to two national titles.
Newman registered the Jags' first point of the day, jumping out to a 4-up lead through six holes and when he birdied the par-4 13th, he closed out Georgia's T.J. Mitchell 7-and-5.
Krywulycz, who win the clinching point in the Jags' victory over Oklahoma State in the 2010 final at The Honors Course, won the first four holes against Hudson Swafford and never trailed. Swafford mounted a rally, winning the seventh, eighth and ninth holes to close his deficit to 1-down. Krywulycz countered with birdies at the par-4 12th and par-5 14th for a 3-up lead. Swafford birdied the 16th to cut Krywulycz's advantage to 2-up before the Jags' fifth-year senior made perhaps the best bogey in school history on the difficult par-4 17th.
After driving into the right rough, his second shot hit the left side of the green and rolled down the shaved bank into Lake Louise. After his penalty drop, Krywulycz wedged his fourth shot to within five feet. After Swafford's birdie chip from the fringe behind the green came up short, he missed his 10-foot par attempt and tapped in for bogey. Krywulycz then stepped up and drained the five-footer for bogey, halving the hole and closing out Swafford and the match.
Reed clinched his 2-and-1 victory at No. 17 as well. He won the par-4 fourth hole with a par and never trailed. English got the match to all square with a birdie at the par-4 sixth and remained even till Reed went 1-up at the 10th with a bogey to English's double bogey. Reed went 2-up with a par at the 13th and held on to the cushion through the 16th.
On the 17th, Reed pulled his drive into the left rough and English flared his tee shot into the right rough. Reed blasted his approach short and right of the green in the rough, while English's second went left and into Lake Louise. Reed's third went over the green and he chipped his fourth within six feet. English's fourth shot came up 30 feet and he two-putted for six. Reed just missed his bogey effort and tapped in to win his match and secure the clinching point for the Jaguars.
The other team members and the Jaguar supporters rushed the green to congratulate Reed and celebrate the Jags' second consecutive National Championship.
"He's probably playing the best golf of any amateur in the world right now," said Gregory. "To do what he did in stroke play to finish third and to come out and just dominate his three matches, taking on three of the top 10 players in college golf and beating them pretty handedly is remarkable and it shows why he's going to be a true success at the next level in professional golf."
Georgia, which finished fifth in the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships at 20-over 884 -- four shots ahead of ASU -- came from Russell Henley and Bryden MacPherson. Henley posted a 3-and-2 victory over ASU senior Henrik Norlander while MacPherson won 6-and-4 over fellow Jags' senior Olle Bengtsson.
ASU was making its 12th appearance in the NCAA Championships in the last 19 years. Only a dozen other men's college golf programs in the nation can claim more appearances in that span than the Jags.
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Augusta State captured the 2010 National Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., in an epic final match with 10-time National Champion Oklahoma State. The Jaguars defeated the top three seeds in match play on consecutive days, dispatching Georgia Tech (3-2), Florida State (4-1) and OSU (3-1-1).
ASU's Mitch Krywulycz rallied for a 4-down deficit to stun the Cowboys' Kevin Tway in 19 holes and win the clinching point for the Jags. Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed accounted for ASU's other points in the championship match and earned the Jags their first national title in any varsity sport.
NOTEWORTHY … ASU and Georgia played in two of the same events during the regular season, with UGA finishing ahead of the Jags both times but by a combined five shots … Georgia is making their second appearance in the match play portion of the championship and their first championship appearance … Texas A&M won the first NCAA Championships played under the current format in 2009 over Arkansas … Three of the eight teams who advanced to match play were from the state of Georgia (Georgia and Georgia Tech) … The ASU lineup of Krywulycz, Newman, Bengtsson, Reed and Norlander was playing together for just second time this season (NCAA Regionals was the other) … Bengtsson played in four regular-season events, and was in the lineup on three occasions (Gifford Collegiate Championship, Battle at the Beach and Western Intercollegiate) … He played as an individual in the Insperity ASU Invitational (the Jags' home event), where he finished runnerup.
AMONG THE NATION'S ELITE ... Augusta State is the defending National Champion, but prior to their victory last June in the NCAA Championships, the Jaguars had made 11 appearances in the NCAA Championships in the last 18 years and was firmly established as one the nation's premiere college golf programs ... Since 1993 -- over the last 19 seasons -- only a dozen program nationwide can claim more trips to collegiate golf's grandest stage than ASU ... The Jags have qualified for the NCAA Regionals in 13 of the last 15 and 16 of the last 19 years ... This season, ASU made its fifth straight Regionals appearance ... The Jags enjoyed a stretch of eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals from 1998-2005 ... From 2001 to 2005, the Jags registered four top-10 showings at the NCAA Championships -- seventh, fifth, seventh and 10th ... Prior to 2010, the Jags' fifth-place showing at Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course in 2002 was the highest finish in school history at the NCAA Championships.
FOUR ... AND COUNTING ... Senior Henrik Norlander registered his fourth collegiate victory in the General Hackler Championship on March 14, 2011 at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C. ... Norlander fired a final-round, 5-under 67 as the Jaguars rallied from a 14-shot deficit to post a three-stroke win over Virginia ... As a junior, Norlander won the Jags' home event, the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, on April 4, 2010, with a 15-under 201 that included a final-round, 7-under 65, at Forest Hills Golf Club ... He captured two individual titles as a freshman in 2007-08.
IN THE BIG DANCE ... The Jaguars are making their 12th appearance in the NCAA Championships in the last 19 years, including its seventh in the last 11 years ... Only a dozen college golf programs have made more NCAA Championships appearances than ASU since 1993 ... The Jags' low team round in the NCAA Championships was a final-round, 3-under 281 in 2002 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course ... The best round by an ASU individual at the NCAA Championships has been a pair of 65's ... Sophomore Major Manning fired a 5-under 65 in the first round of the 2005 tourney at Caves Valley Golf Club ... Junior Jamie Elson shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the 2001 Championships at Duke University Golf Club ... ASU's best individual finish was Elson's tie for second in 2001.
WHO EXACTLY IS AUGUSTA STATE? … ASU competes at the Division I level in men's and women's golf and participates at the Division II level in its nine other sports (men's and women's cross country, volleyball. men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, softball and baseball) … ASU competed at the Division II level for 10 years, beginning in 1974, before joining the Big South Conference and gaining Division I status in the Fall of 1984 … The men's golf program has competed at the Division I level since then … When ASU returned to Division II and joined the Peach Belt Conference in the Fall of 1991, the men's golf program continued to compete at the Division I level as an independent under NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168 … The ASU women's golf program, which recently completed its 10th season with its second trip to the NCAA Regionals, competes in Division I as an independent as well.
UNDER JOSH GREGORY … ASU won the 2010 NCAA National Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. … ASU has advanced to eight NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Championships … ASU has claimed 17 tournament titles -- the most under one coach in school history … ASU set a new school record for lowest stroke average (286.76) in 2009-10 … ASU has been ranked as high as No. 2 during the 2002-03 and 2009-10 seasons … ASU has produced 10 All-Americans, 14 All-South Region selections, seven Palmer Cup picks, five Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, two Walker Cup and one Ryder Cup picks.
VETERANS OF THE POSTSEASON ... ASU's NCAA Championships lineup has a combined 73 rounds of postseason experience ... Henrik Norlander has played 22 total rounds at the NCAA Regionals and Championships, while Mitch Krywulycz has logged 21 rounds, Carter Newman has 15, Patrick Reed has 12 and Olle Bengtsson made his postseason debut at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Ocala, Fla.
NORLANDER NAMED TO EUROPEAN PALMER CUP SQUAD ... ASU's Henrik Norlander was selected on April 20 to play for represent Sweden and play for Team Europe in the 2011 Palmer Cup ... The selection marks the third straight for Norlander ... The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between collegiate golfers from the U.S., and their counterparts from Europe will be played June 9-11 at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn. ... With a 13-11 victory last summer at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, Northern Ireland, the U.S. took a 7-6-1 lead in the all-time series ... A senior from Danderyd, Sweden, and the No. 14-ranked individual in the nation entering the postseason according to Golfweek, Norlander leads ASU with a 71.4 stroke average in 30 rounds over 10 tournaments ... He has tallied one victory this season at the General Hackler Championship on March 14 and has five top-10 and six top-20 finishes ... In 10 regular-season events (including the Western Refining College All-America Classic), his worst finish has been 25th ... With his selection, he is the seventh player to represent ASU in international amateur competition ... Previously, Robert Duck (England), Jamie Elson (England), Oliver Wilson (England), Kalle Edberg (Sweden), Scott Jamieson (Scotland) and Wallace Booth (Scotland) played for either Europe and/or Great Britain/Ireland in the Palmer Cup or Walker Cup.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR ... The Jaguars have a history of excelling with a combination of American and international standouts and this season is certainly no exception ... Of the Jags' 11-man roster, five players hail from outside the U.S. ... ASU has four Swedes (Olle Bengtsson, Jacob Carlsson, Henrik Norlander and Alex Wennstam) and an Aussie (Mitch Krywulycz) ... ASU's lineup for the NCAA Championships consists of two Georgians (Carter Newman and Patrick Reed), an Aussie (Krywulycz) and a pair of Swedes (Norlander and Bengtsson) ... In fact, of the six-pack of Americans on the Jags' roster, all six call the state of Georgia home.
JAGUARS ON TOUR ... ASU boasts an impressive collection of former players who are competing professionally around the world ... Most notably among the Jaguar alums are the PGA Tour's Vaughn Taylor and the European Tour's Oliver Wilson ... Taylor, a two-time winner on the Tour, was a member of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team while Wilson made the European Ryder Cup squad in 2008 ... Wilson capped his amateur career by helping lead GB&I to victory in the 2003 Walker Cup at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England ... ASU's first All-American, Richard Johnson, was a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2008 after graduating from the Nationwide Tour and winning the 2007 money title ... Former All-Americans Jamie Elson and Scott Jamieson are on the European Tour while another former All-American, Major Manning, is in his second season on the Nationwide Tour ... James Heath, Kalle Edberg and Wallace Booth compete on the European Challenge Tour.
113TH ANNUAL NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Hosted by Oklahoma State University
May 31-June 5, 2011
(Seeded by the NCAA in the following order)
1. Oklahoma State
4. Georgia Tec
6. AUGUSTA STATE
7. San Diego State
8. Texas A&M
16. Southern California
19. San Diego
20. North Carolina State
22. Arizona State
23. Ohio State
25. Kent State
26. Kennesaw State
30. Colorado State
1. Jason Millard, Middle Tennessee State
2. Jace Long, Missouri
3. Lee Bedford, Wake Forest
4. Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
5. Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina
6. Matt Hansen, UC Davis