Jags, Dogs go for title

Augusta State golfer Carter Newman celebrates the Jags' 3-2 win over No. 1 Oklahoma State. The senior from Evans clinched the pivotal match on the first playoff hole Saturday.

STILLWATER, Okla. --- The Peach State is guaranteed a second consecutive NCAA Division I golf title, but whether Augusta State University can get past in-state rival Georgia to repeat as champions remains to be seen.


The defending champion Jaguars shocked Oklahoma State on its home course Saturday, and the Bulldogs defeated Duke, 3-2, in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Division I Championship.

"It's kind of exciting to have an all-Georgia finish," Bulldogs coach Chris Haack said. "(Augusta State coach Josh Gregory) is a great guy and has a great team. Those guys obviously know how to get it done."

The unsinkable Carter Newman drained three consecutive clutch putts to outlast Sean Einhaus on the first playoff hole for the winning point in Augusta State's 3-2 victory over the nation's top-ranked team.

"I thought we were done," said Patrick Reed, who saw the drama unfold after dispatching U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein. "Even though I lost a couple years of my life watching that, it was something special."

Newman appeared poised to fall 1-down at No. 17, but in front of hundreds of Cowboys fans, the senior from Evans calmly drained a 30-foot downhill par putt and unleashed a Jaguars roar.

On No. 18, Newman dropped a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match to sudden death. At the par-5 14th, he closed with a six-foot birdie to give Augusta State a chance to become the first team since 1985 to repeat.

Nicknamed Capt. Clutch by Gregory after his performance this week, Newman might give the Jaguars an advantage today. He came through in stroke play when Augusta State needed him then rallied to win his match against Georgia Tech on Friday.

"I really can't believe we're in the final match again," Newman said. "We've got a lot of grind. We've got a lot of heart. We play with a lot of passion. We all play hard for each other."

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Defending champion Augusta State will face the University Georgia today in Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Division I Golf Championship title.

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