Despite posting a solid effort today, the Augusta State golf team fell just short of advancing back to the NCAA Division I Championships to defend its past two national titles.
The Jaguars posted a 7-over-par 291 to finish in seventh place, four shots behind Iowa in fifth, at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The top five teams advanced to the NCAA Championship later this month at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Alabama won the regional with a three-day total of 24-under 828. East Carolina finished second (853), followed by North Florida (858), Georgia (864) and Iowa (866).
Augusta State, which finished at 870, played catch-up after opening the regional in seventh place after the first round. The Jaguars entered the final round in 10th place in the 13-team regional, four shots behind New Mexico for fifth place. Augusta State shot 4-over on the first hole of the day – No. 10. The Jaguars then bounced back and pulled within two of fifth place at the turn.
Augusta State trailed fifth place by two, with seniors Taylor Floyd and Brendan Gillins on their final two holes – Nos. 8 and 9. Floyd double-bogeyed No. 8, while Gillins finished bogey-bogey. Floyd posted an even-par 71 to finish in a tie for eighth place, while Gillins added 75.
Alex Wennstam led Augusta State with 70. Derek Chang, who was 7-over through 15 holes, birdied three of the final four holes for a counting 75. With Chang’s rally, Augusta State threw out Robin Petterson’s 77.