Day 3: Stroke play

Carter Newman was born in Orlando, Fla., but moved to the Augusta area at age 1. He followed in his father's footsteps when he joined the Augusta State program in 2006 -- Dean Newman had played for the Jaguars from 1978-80.

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Augusta State's Carter Newman rebounded from two noncounting rounds to shoot 73 in the third round.  Augusta State University
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Augusta State's Carter Newman rebounded from two noncounting rounds to shoot 73 in the third round.

The younger Newman redshirted his first year and soon began improving his scores. After posting a 75.07 average his freshman season, Newman averaged 73.48 strokes a round entering the NCAA Championships.

Newman said he played well in the first round but posted a noncounting 77. The following day, he posted three double bogeys en route to 83 -- his worst score as a collegian.

After his round, Newman was in a shambles. He didn't know whether he should go to the putting green or to the driving range. Augusta State coach Josh Gregory walked up and asked what happened; Newman didn't have an answer.

Gregory responded in a positive manner.

"Carter, you're one of the main reasons we're at the NCAA Championships," he said. "You will find a way when we need you most."

In the final round of stroke play, Newman's tournament turned around at the par-4 seventh, a treacherous hole featuring a water hazard running down almost the entire left side.

His playing partner, San Diego's Scott Brace, hit his tee shot into the pond. Brace believed that he hit a draw and that his ball crossed land to the right of a stake, which signified he would get a drop and wouldn't have to re-tee -- a savings of more than 200 yards.

Newman disagreed, saying the ball faded into the water on the other side of the stake.

"I'm 99 percent sure it didn't cross anything," Newman said. "I'm not saying he was trying to cheat, but some guys don't want to go back to the tee box. I don't think it crossed."

Gregory preaches to his players to stand up for what they believe in. Although Brace and San Diego coach Tim Mickelson voiced their disagreement, Newman didn't back down.

"I know what you're trying to do, but I don't think it's right," he said.

Mickelson responded: "What are you trying to say? What are you implying?"

A rules official, who eventually allowed the drop, separated Mickelson and Newman, who walked off and raised his voice.

"I'm not stupid. It's two against one," Newman said. "I wouldn't do the same."

The typically mild-mannered, red-haired Newman was angry. He finished the seventh hole with a bogey to drop to 3-over on the day. But he found a renewed focus, hit a 6-iron to a foot at the par-3 eighth and turned his tournament around.

"That kind of fired me up," he said about the incident. "The rest of the day, I just wanted to kick that kid's butt. I wanted to beat him so bad."

With Taylor Floyd struggling to 78, the team needed Newman. He remained strong, recording eight consecutive pars. At the par-5 17th hole, Newman split the fairway with his drive. He then striped a 3-wood. His ball traveled the remaining 260 yards, finishing three feet from the pin to set up an eagle to get him back to par.

After Newman hit "the shot of my life," he said, the score reverberated around the course, boosting his teammates' and his coach's spirits.

Despite making bogey at the last, Newman turned in 73, a score that Augusta State needed to advance.

"It felt amazing to be able to hit that shot and to know that it counted and we needed it," Newman said. "It hasn't been a good week, and I just had to do everything I could to try and count and shoot as low as I could."

Henrik Norlander matched Newman at 73. Mitch Krywulycz turned in a solid 72. Patrick Reed posted the team's low round with 70. With a team score of 288, Augusta State finished medal play at 1-under-par 863, five shots ahead of three teams tied for eighth place. The Jaguars advanced to match play as the No. 6 seed with a tee time against No. 3 seed Georgia Tech.

For Reed, the No. 5 player in the nation, it marked another day of improvement. After opening with a pair of over-par rounds, the three-time American Junior Golf Association All-American, Reed was just warming up.

Day 4: Match play »


Stroke Play Results

TEAM

The top eight teams qualified for the match play portion of the tournament.

Place School To Par 1 2 3 total

1 Oklahoma State -14 283 284 283 850

2 Florida State -10 283 279 292 854

3 Georgia Tech -6 290 282 286 858

4 Washington -4 289 288 283 860

5 Oregon -3 284 294 283 861

6 Augusta State -1 287 288 288 863

7 Texas Tech +3 302 285 280 867

T8* Stanford +4 292 288 288 868

T8* Arizona State +4 286 292 290 868

T8* San Diego +4 294 282 292 868

T11 Florida +5 287 289 293 869

T11 Virginia +5 300 280 289 869

13 Texas A&M +7 285 304 282 871

14 North Florida +8 292 293 287 872

15 Southern Calif. +10 295 290 289 874

T16 Oregon State +11 295 293 287 875

T16 Clemson +11 286 291 298 875

T16 UCLA +11 294 286 295 875

19 Illinois +12 304 285 287 876

20 Kent St. +13 292 293 292 877

T21 UNLV +15 294 292 293 879

T21 Texas +15 290 296 293 879

23 California +16 293 294 293 880

24 LSU +19 303 290 290 883

T25 Baylor +20 294 295 295 884

T25 Tennessee +20 297 292 295 884

T27 Duke +25 296 297 296 889

T27 TCU +25 302 296 291 889

29 Penn State +34 301 298 299 898

30 Georgia Southern +41 297 299 309 905

*Stanford won the playoff and advanced to match play

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1 Scott Langley (Illinois) 70-68-68-206

T2 Alex Ching (San Diego) 69-66-73-208

T2 Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma St.) 69-68-71-208

4 Diego Velasquez (Oregon St.) 71-72-66-209

5 Henrik Norlander (Aug. St.) 68-69-73-210

T6 John Hahn (Kent St.) 72-70-69-211

T6 Drew Kittleson (Florida St. ) 70-70-71-211

T6 John Peterson (LSU) 73-68-70-211

T9 Paul Haley (Georgia Tech) 70-69-73-212

T9 Gregor Main (UCLA) 71-69-72-212

T9 Ben Martin (Clemson) 70-72-70-212

T9 Chris Williams (Washington) 72-71-69-212

T9 Eugene Wong (Oregon) 69-72-71-212

T14 Chesson Hadley (Ga. Tech) 72-72-69-213

T14 Sihwan Kim (Stanford) 71-71-71-213

T14 Kevin Tway (Oklahoma St.) 74-71-68-213

T14 Chris Ward (Texas Tech) 75-71-67-213

OTHER AUGUSTA STATE SCORES

T51 Mitch Krywulycz 72-74-72-218

T58 Patrick Reed 74-75-70-219

T72 Taylor Floyd 73-70-78-221

T146 Carter Newman 77-83-73-233

Carter Newman

Junior - Evans


Stroke average: 73.85
Top-20 finishes: Four


NCAA Championships highlight: Knocked a 3-wood approach 260 yard to three feet for eagle at No. 17 in the final round of medal play for a key 73.

TOURNAMENT FINISH SCORES
Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational T52 76-79-74--229
Gary Koch Intercollegiate T39 72-73-73--218
Brickyard Collegiate Championship T5 72-69--141
UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate T26 74-71-71--216
Gifford Collegiate Championship T35 73-71-73--217
Seahawk Intercollegiate 5 69-74--143
General Hackler Championship T45 81-80-75--236
Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate T52 78-70-74--222
Administaff Augusta State Invitational T9 69-68-71--208
PING Cougar Classic T24 76-71-70--217
NCAA Southwest Regional T5 75-77-79--231
NCAA Division I Golf Championships* T146 77-83-73--233

*Went 2-1 in match play at national championships


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