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Jaguars meet Cowboys for NCAA title

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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. --- Taylor Floyd awoke Saturday morning with flulike symptoms, a cause for concern for his Augusta State team.

Augusta State's Taylor Floyd had flulike symptoms, but still won his match 2-up.   Augusta State University
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Augusta State's Taylor Floyd had flulike symptoms, but still won his match 2-up.

When rain showers halted play for almost two hours mid-round, Jaguars coach Josh Gregory gave his sophomore an out. Gregory told him he didn't have to finish his final eight holes. The fighter in Floyd then came out.

"I wouldn't miss this for the world," he replied.

Floyd birdied three of the final five holes to win his match, and his teammates rallied behind his gutsy performance to knock off Florida State, 4-1, to move on to the championship match of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships.

With wins over Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals and the Seminoles in the semifinals, fifth-ranked Augusta State advances to play Oklahoma State in today's final, starting at 9:30 a.m. The top-ranked Cowboys, a program that owns 10 national championships, finished as the top team in medal play Thursday.

"My kids will not be scared of Oklahoma State," Gregory said. "They know who they are. They know they're great. But it's a name: Oklahoma State."

"It's going to be a dogfight," said Jaguars sophomore Patrick Reed, who defeated Brooks Koepka, 1-up. "We plan on trying to hand it to Oklahoma State. I guarantee you, they don't want to lose to us. It is going to be a battle."

Junior Carter Newman, who defeated Michael Hebert, 4 and 3, grew up in the Augusta area since age 1. He said winning a national championship would mean the world to his team, his school and his community.

"This is what we've worked for the whole year," Newman said. "This is where we wanted to be. The hours of practice on the range. The hours of putting on the green. And just dreaming that we could be here, and for this to become a reality, it's unbelievable.

"We're not satisfied yet. We've got one more match to win. We have to beat a very good team to do it."

Augusta State defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second day in a row. Henrik Norlander overcame an early two-hole deficit to Drew Kittelson, the 2008 U.S. Amateur runner-up, with six birdies and an eagle in his final 12 holes.

The Augusta State junior clinched the match for the Jaguars when he spun a lob-wedge shot from 84 yards out into the hole for the eagle at No. 17.

Before Norlander's heroics, Augusta State received a key second point from Floyd, who never trailed in his match. He led 2-up through 16, but Wesley Graham birdied the par-5 17th to extend the match.

One day after his Georgia Tech opponent finished birdie-birdie-par to defeat him, Floyd, who said he felt dizzy on the tee box, finally caught a break. His drive to the right clipped a tree but ended up in the fairway. After hitting the green, Floyd could two-putt and win his match, but he rolled in the birdie attempt to win 2-up.

"I wasn't even sure if he'd be able to go," Gregory said. "He played his heart out not only to play but to win that match."

For the second day in a row, a long rain delay halted play midway through the matches. The stormy weather only helped Floyd, who used the break to take medicine, lie down and eat a little lunch.

"That definitely helped," he said. "I was more worried about how bad I felt than the match. It's kind of sad, but it's true."

That he played at all was somewhat of a surprise at the start of the day.

"This morning, he didn't say a word," Norlander said. "He was too tired to open his mouth. "We were pretty lucky with that rain delay. He got some help."

"I was nervous because Taylor was not feeling well," Reed said. "I was just thinking we have four matches and we need to win three. Because of how hot it was, we didn't even know if he was going to make it.

"To hear him gut it out and win it was huge for us as a team, knowing that nobody out here is going to quit."

Augusta State, a Division II school that plays Division I in golf, now vies for the school's first national championship in any sport.

"We have nothing to lose," Newman said. "We're going to try to go out and birdie every hole."

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JM88
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JM88 06/05/10 - 04:37 pm
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What an accomplishment.

What an accomplishment. Oklahoma State is a powerhouse, but these Jags have some serious talent and moxie. Should be a great match, but win or lose, these guys have made me extremely proud as a native Augustan and an ASU student.

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my2cents 06/05/10 - 09:03 pm
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People in Augusta do not

People in Augusta do not realize how BIG this is! UGA is the only college in Georgia who has won the NCAA golf championship. GIVE IT UP AUGUSTA!!

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 06/05/10 - 09:58 pm
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GO JAGS!

GO JAGS!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 02:06 am
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This is flat out amazing.

This is flat out amazing.

SouthernPride
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SouthernPride 06/06/10 - 08:17 am
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BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY JAGS!

BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY JAGS! Bring the title home to Augusta.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 06/06/10 - 08:58 am
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AWESOME beyond words! No

AWESOME beyond words! No mention that you can see this thing online live?

Chris Gay
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Chris Gay 06/06/10 - 09:27 am
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The NCAA, in its infinite

The NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, is not streaming this online. And none of the TV stations (ESPN, Golf Channel, etc.) are broadcasting this. I will provide updates from the course on Twitter.

BamaFanNGa
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BamaFanNGa 06/06/10 - 10:27 am
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Way to go, ASU. Win or lose,

Way to go, ASU. Win or lose, y'all are still champs. Good luck!!!!

Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 06/06/10 - 11:02 am
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Is there any way you can get

Is there any way you can get somebody to relay the updates for us non-Tweets?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 11:57 am
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Bucky Dent wrote a piece for

Bucky Dent wrote a piece for NCAA.com about the championship match and all but announced Ok State the champion already. He honestly said NOTHING about ASU. Unreal. Here is a link.

WE ARE CURRENTLY LEADING!!!

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/060610aaa.html

http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/match/matchespda.cfm?...

Current scores: Carter Newman (Augusta State)
down 3 thru 9 to
Sean Einhaus (Oklahoma State)

Taylor Floyd (Augusta State)
up 2 thru 6 on
Trent Whitekiller (Oklahoma State)

Mitch Krywulycz (Augusta State)
down 4 thru 8 to
Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State)

Patrick Reed (Augusta State)
up 4 thru 8 on
Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State)

Henrik Norlander (Augusta State)
up 6 thru 8 on
Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 12:11 pm
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It looks like it is going to

It looks like it is going to come down to Taylor Floyd who is up by 1 on 9.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 12:33 pm
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Norlander and Reed are both

Norlander and Reed are both up 5 through 10. They should win. If Floyd, even, or Newman, down 2, can pull it off, believe it or not, ASU is the NCAA Division 1 Champion. We should have a thousand people to meet them when they get home.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 12:39 pm
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Taylor just won 10. He's one

Taylor just won 10. He's one ahead now. Can you believe this?

henrystripe
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henrystripe 06/06/10 - 01:20 pm
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Goooo Jags! Stats as of

Goooo Jags! Stats as of 1:15pm:

Carter Newman (Augusta State)
down 2 thru 14 to
Sean Einhaus (Oklahoma State)

Taylor Floyd (Augusta State)
up 1 thru 11 on
Trent Whitekiller (Oklahoma State)

Mitch Krywulycz (Augusta State)
down 1 thru 14 to
Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State)

Patrick Reed (Augusta State)
up 4 thru 14 on
Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State)

Henrik Norlander (Augusta State)
up 5 thru 13 on
Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State)

united912
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united912 06/06/10 - 01:30 pm
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thanks for all the updates on

thanks for all the updates on twitter!! following along from oxford ms. as a native of augusta, GO JAGS!

4centsworth
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4centsworth 06/06/10 - 02:37 pm
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Augusta State wins National

Augusta State wins National Championship - congratulations

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