For Augusta State, the rewards of winning a national championship will be fully realized Monday.
The Jaguars, who defeated Oklahoma State in the championship match of the NCAA Division I Championships in June at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., will be honored by President Obama at the White House.
"I think it's going to be a great experience," senior Carter Newman said. "It's a great honor to visit the White House and meet the president."
Newman, Taylor Floyd, Mitch Krywulycz, Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed -- the five starters who delivered Augusta State its first national title -- will take part in an annual ceremony where NCAA Division I national champions are honored in Washington. Augusta State is one of 33 teams that will take part in a 5:45 p.m. ceremony.
"It's a great honor," Reed said. "Not many people get to say the president shook your hand for your accomplishment.
"It shows with our hard work and play, it's another reward we get."
An Augusta State party of 15 people (10 members of last year's team, coach Josh Gregory, president William A. Bloodworth Jr., athletic director Clint Bryant, faculty athletic representative Donna Hobbs and sports information director Joey Warren) will use two private planes to fly up Monday morning. The Augusta State personnel will land in Manassas, Va., before 10 a.m. and then take a bus into Washington.
The group will take several walking tours (Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial) before visiting the Capitol Building and Supreme Court. After lunch, the itinerary includes a visit to the Washington Monument before traveling to the White House.
Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant inquired about giving President Obama a gift. He was told all gifts must be presented to the White House staff upon arrival.
Bryant wouldn't disclose the exact presents, but he said the school plans to give "small tokens of golf."
"I hope the president will get them," Bryant said.