Support for Augusta State's golf team is far reaching

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J. Fleming Norvell (right) greeted coach Josh Gregory and the Augusta State golf team when they arrived back in town after winning the national championship. Norvell is one of about 150 members of the Birdie Club, a support group that began about eight years ago to financially assist the Augusta State men's and women's golf teams. The group sponsors the Jaguar Golf Jamboree (Oct. 22) as well as the annual Augusta State golf awards and senior appreciation banquet. Birdie Club president Dean Newman said the 501(c)3 organization has a goal of obtaining 300 members on an annual basis. For more information or to join the Birdie Club, call Newman at (706) 339-4379 or visit aug.edu/athletics/sports/mgolf.htm and click on the Birdie Club application.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
J. Fleming Norvell (right) greeted coach Josh Gregory and the Augusta State golf team when they arrived back in town after winning the national championship. Norvell is one of about 150 members of the Birdie Club, a support group that began about eight years ago to financially assist the Augusta State men's and women's golf teams. The group sponsors the Jaguar Golf Jamboree (Oct. 22) as well as the annual Augusta State golf awards and senior appreciation banquet. Birdie Club president Dean Newman said the 501(c)3 organization has a goal of obtaining 300 members on an annual basis. For more information or to join the Birdie Club, call Newman at (706) 339-4379 or visit aug.edu/athletics/sports/mgolf.htm and click on the Birdie Club application.

I am a cheerleader, going on my third year at ASU. Our athletic department is extremely supportive of all of our athletic groups, and I love being able to say that I am an Augusta State Jaguar. Augusta State staff and students couldn't be more proud of the golf team! Not only did they dominate with ASU's first-ever national championship, but they did it at the Division I level. It just doesn't get any better than that! Congrats, boys and Go Jaguars!

-- Kaitlyn Kurowski

Having followed Augusta College/Augusta State University sports for most of my life, I must say the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Tournament victory for the Jaguars was the pinnacle of the events I have witnessed. From attending basketball games in the old gym, the opening game at Christenberry Fieldhouse, and attending the Division II National Championship Men's Basketball Championship game, the rounds of golf I witnessed that day were amazing! Thank you golf team for bringing home the trophy!

-- Patti Peabody

As an ASU golf team alumni (1981-1985) under coach Ernie Lanford and assistant coach Henry Thomas, I am extremely proud to say that I was part of a program that we all knew one day would become national champions. Josh Gregory and his band of young warriors have put Augusta State golf in the history books for a lifetime. Cheers to all.

-- Bill Price Jr.

Augusta has so much to be proud of and Augusta State University athletics is one of those! I've been on campus for 20 years ... and the last few years it seems like Augusta finally has become excited about our athletes! I'm so excited about all our athletes that juggle their classroom time and competitive sport time! WAY TO GO JAGS!! All the coaches work on shoestring budgets for their teams and do it very well! They have just as much heart as our players! I'm proud to be a JAG!

-- Pamela Lightsey

Congratulations Coach Gregory and the Jaguars! And a special high-five for Mitch Krywulycz as I, too, have earned a trophy at the hands of a Tway miscue. I played junior golf with Bob Tway back in the late '70s. After graduating from high school, at the last AJGA tournament of the season, both Bob and I carded 71s at North Fulton golf course in Atlanta. When played concluded, I learned Bob had already left and could not join me for the playoff, thus I was handed the trophy for winning the tourney. Where was Bob headed in such a hurry? Off to meet with the Oklahoma State recruiters to sign his scholarship paperwork and join the OSU golf team. I usually pull for the underdog and this victory was monumental in many ways, especially considering the size of the school and limited funding.

-- Jay Roberson

We love to see Augusta making national headlines in sports, especially over the "powerhouse" competition! Congratulations, Jags!

-- Augusta Sports Council

I had the pleasure of watching them win their own tournament this spring at Forest Hills while I was following Virginia Tech's team. Winning the NCAA Championship is definitely a great achievement, especially beating OSU!

-- Bill Stover

2010-11 Honorary Coach

Virginia Tech Hokies Golf Team

Congraulations to the Augusta State University golf team! Your student body of ASU are proud of you all!

-- Nicole Slaughter and Stephanie Scott

We came to watch the championship without knowing how big it was! After a week of excitement we returned to Sweden exhausted after the most exciting golf experience ever. The format with match play was really thrilling.

Congratulations to the fantastic team, to Josh Gregory and to Augusta State University!

-- Anders Norlander

PRO GOLFERS

It's really cool. Still is kind of a shock. I knew they were a great team and this proves it. I'm really pumped for them. That would have been really cool to have been there (to welcome the team home). I mean, I can't believe we won the national championship. That's pretty cool.

-- Vaughn Taylor, two-time PGA Tour winner and second All-American selection in Augusta State history. He played on the squad from 1995-98

I had a sneaky feeling they were going to do it. Josh has instilled confidence in them and they're all good players. They believed they could do it. I know when I was there it was very much a dream of ours and we believed we could do it but we didn't get close. These guys believed it and they were playing well and to their credit they went out and beat the best teams in the nation to do it. It's an incredible achievement.

-- Oliver Wilson, European Tour golfer, a three-time All-American for the Jaguars (2000-03)

It's fantastic. Absolutely, genuinely thrilled for them. Absolutely brilliant. They played consistently well all year and instilled a belief in each other and have obviously become a unit that is very close and gone in every tournament believing they could win.

-- Robert Duck, former Augusta State All-American (1998-2001) and agent for Oliver Wilson

I remember when I practiced with the team growing up at Forest Hills. And to see it go from that all the way to winning a national championship is awesome. Of course, I would have loved to see Oklahoma State win, but to see Augusta State and where they've come from and what they've done is pretty awesome. ... I was in a rare position that I couldn't lose.

-- Charles Howell, Augusta native and former Oklahoma State player

J. Fleming Norvell (right) greeted coach Josh Gregory and the Augusta State golf team when they arrived back in town after winning the national championship. Norvell is one of about 150 members of the Birdie Club, a support group that began about eight years ago to financially assist the Augusta State men's and women's golf teams. The group sponsors the Jaguar Golf Jamboree (Oct. 22) as well as the annual Augusta State golf awards and senior appreciation banquet.

Birdie Club president Dean Newman said the 501(c)3 organization has a goal of obtaining 300 members on an annual basis. For more information or to join the Birdie Club, call Newman at (706) 339-4379 or visit aug.edu/athletics/sports/mgolf.htm and click on the Birdie Club application.


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