Mitch Krywulycz wasn't in the mood for confrontation.
After posting a noncounting 81 in the second round, the redheaded Australian smoked his drive into the right trees at the tight 17th hole, his eighth hole of the third round. The wind, nonexistent the first two days, finally kicked up for the final day of stroke play.
When Krywulycz sliced his tee shot, the wind carried the ball right of the cart path deep into the woods. While Krywulycz hit his provisional ball into the left trees, a rules official found two balls in the right woods. Then, the fun began.
The rules official asked Krywulycz to identify two golf balls. He declined.
Rules official: "You have to come over and identify them."
Krywulycz: "I'm pretty sure I don't have to."
Rules official: "Yes you do."
Krywulycz: "I really don't think I do."
Rules official, raising his voice: "I'm a rules official. I've been doing this for years. I'm telling you that you have to come and identify the balls I found."
Krywulycz: "First, why are you yelling at me? Secondly, I don't have to. I'm playing my other ball."
Rules official: "Don't look at me like I don't know what I'm talking about."
Krywulycz: "How am I looking at you? I have sunglasses on. You can't even see my eyes."
Rules official: "I can tell by your body language."
Krywulycz: "Fine. You're wrong. But I'll come identify them anyway."
He sought a white TaylorMade ball. Instead, he identified the two balls -- a Pinnacle range ball and a Precept Laddie. Krywulycz eventually found his first ball deeper in the woods, punched out and finished the hole with triple bogey to fall to 5-over on the day. With Olle Bengtsson en route to shooting 82, Augusta State needed Krywulycz to turn his day around.
"Making the triple," Krywulycz said, "changed my mind-set from thinking about shooting a great round and vaulting our team up the board to saying, 'OK, I'm in a bad position right now, just try to hold on and get into the clubhouse with minimal damage just in case someone else is struggling as well and we have to count my score.' "
On a day when scores ballooned, Krywulycz shot 1-over on his final 10 holes to finish with 78, a score the Jaguars had to have.
Augusta State began the day in seventh place and fell to 10th during the round. The top eight teams at the conclusion of stroke play advanced to match play, and the Jaguars found themselves in a dogfight.
Through 13 holes, Augusta State was on the outside looking in. But like so many times before, the Jaguars came through in the clutch, shooting 1-over on the final five holes.
Carter Newman, who opened with double bogey, almost aced the par-3 seventh and finished with 75. Henrik Norlander trickled in a pair of par putts on Nos. 7 and 8 before watching his two-foot attempt at No. 9 lip out for bogey and a score of 76.
It came down to Patrick Reed, who double bogeyed the second hole and stood at 1-over through 13 holes. He birdied Nos. 5 and 7 and needed simply to bogey the par-5 ninth to advance his team.
After hitting his second shot into a plugged lie in the front greenside bunker, Reed blasted out and two-putted for par. At 24-over, Augusta State was safely in seventh, one shot ahead of Duke in eighth and two shots in front of Texas A&M in ninth.