Augusta State wins national title

See highlights from the celebration and from the awards ceremony.
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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. --- As Mitch Krywulycz secured the match-clinching point, Taylor Floyd threw down his putter at the 17th green Sunday and tossed his arms around Augusta State coach Josh Gregory.

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Augusta State head golf coach Josh Gregory (right) hugs junior Mitch Krywulycz after Krywulycz rallied from a 4-down deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway and deliver the clinching point for the Jaguars as ASU won the NCAA Championships and captured the school's first NCAA national championship in any sport.  Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Augusta State head golf coach Josh Gregory (right) hugs junior Mitch Krywulycz after Krywulycz rallied from a 4-down deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway and deliver the clinching point for the Jaguars as ASU won the NCAA Championships and captured the school's first NCAA national championship in any sport.

Soon after, Carter Newman ran up and embraced Gregory. As the two shared an emotional hug, Newman yelled out, "I can't believe we finally did it."

Believe it.

On a day made for heroes, the Jaguars slayed mighty Oklahoma State in the championship match of the NCAA Division I Golf Champ-ionships at The Honors Course. With its 3-1-1 win over one of the greatest programs of all time, No. 5 Augusta State won one for the small schools, capturing the first NCAA national title in school history.

"There is not a university that's going to appreciate this more than Augusta State," Gregory said. "No other town is going to enjoy this more than we will."

After Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed won their matches in dominating fashion, Krywulycz recorded a comeback for the ages. The junior from Australia overcame a four-hole deficit with seven holes to play to force a sudden-death playoff. At the first extra hole, the par-4 first, Krywulycz clinched the match with a two-putt par, while Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway missed a five-foot par attempt.

Floyd and Gregory looked on and watched history unfold through the trees.

"I can't describe it," Floyd said. "It's unbelievable."

"It's a dream come true," Newman added.

Augusta State entered the week with three wins among nine consecutive top-five finishes. In the national championship, the Jaguars survived three days of medal play, qualifying as the sixth of eight teams for match play.

In the new format, Augusta State knocked off Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals, 3-2. In the semifinals, the Jaguars pulled out another close victory, besting Florida State, 4-1.

In the championship match, Augusta State, a Division II school that plays only golf in Division I, faced off against top-ranked Oklahoma State, a university loaded with money, prestige and tradition. The Cowboys entered with 10 national championships and a current roster that features 2009 U.S. Walker Cup members Peter Uihlein and Morgan Hoffman, two of four players on the team ranked among the top 46 in the nation.

Oklahoma State, which won five tournaments during the season, won medal play by four shots over Florida State and entered match play as the No. 1 seed.

Augusta State was not intimidated.

Norlander, who finished fifth in medal play and won his first two matches, crushed Hoffman. The junior from Sweden won six of the first eight holes and finished off Hoffman, 5 and 4.

"I knew they're a great team and I knew I had to play well today and set the pace," Norlander said. "I couldn't get off to a better start."

Reed struggled the first two days of medal play but rebounded in the third round and then won his first two matches. After losing the first hole to Uihlein, Reed won the next three and frustrated his opponent at No. 7. After Uihlein conceded a two-foot par putt to Reed, the Augusta State sophomore did not give his opponent a three-footer. Uihlein then lipped out his par putt and smacked his ball into the water after falling four down. Reed went on to win 4 and 2.

"I would've bet a lot of money those two matches would've gone to the 17th and 18th holes," Gregory said. "Those were heavyweight fights there. Those are four of the best players in college golf."

With those two matches in the bag, Augusta State needed one more point. Newman, who shot key 73 in the final round of medal play and then won two clutch matches, had putting problems and lost to Sean Einhaus, 2 and 1. And Krywulycz was in trouble.

It appeared the team's chances would come down to Floyd, who played his second consecutive day with flulike symptoms. He said he felt terrible when he awoke Sunday morning after not getting much sleep. But he decided to give it a try, and he received an IV at the course.

"I just kind of told myself I had to," Floyd said. "It's the national championship."

Floyd birdied the first hole and jumped out to a 3-up lead through four holes over Trent Whitekiller. Floyd eventually lost his lead and fell down a hole before rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to pull even. By then, Krywulycz was making his charge.

After playing steady in medal play, Krywulycz lost his first two matches -- the lone Jaguar yet to win a match. He then faced Tway, the No. 16 player in the nation.

Krywulycz lost the opening hole then hit his second into an unplayable lie on the second hole and conceded. At 5-over through five holes, Krywulycz was 4-down.

Tway seemed to be in control, leading 4-up with seven to play. Then, Krywulycz parred No. 12 to win a hole and struck his approach to five feet for birdie at No. 13. At the par-3 14th, he stuck his tee shot to a foot to win his third hole in a row.

Krywulycz then rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt to even the match at No. 15.

"Once we got to the 16th tee," he said, "I knew it was getting pretty real and I was back in this and it was on."

At the closing hole, Krywulycz faced a daunting five-foot par putt to extend the match. He buried it.

"That putt on 18," Newman said, "my heart was racing."

At the short par-4 first hole, the opening hole of the sudden-death playoff, Krywulycz faced a slippery 20-foot birdie putt. If he missed, he knew the ball would slide down a slope. He stroked his putt on line, but the ball stopped six inches short.

Tway faced an 18-foot birdie try from the same side of the green, just to the right of Krywulycz's attempt. The Oklahoma State junior got a little too aggressive, his putt sliding by five feet. When Tway missed the comebacker, the Augusta State celebration began.

"He went for the win. You've got to congratulate him for bravery there," Krywulycz said.

Augusta State still was in shock an hour after pulling off the school's greatest sporting feat.

"I'm sure it'll hit me in the morning when I awake that somehow we're national champions," Gregory said.

Road to the title

Quarterfinals

Augusta State beat

Georgia Tech 3-2

Carter Newman rolled in a five-foot bogey putt at No. 18 to claim the first point for the Jaguars. Later, Georgia Tech's Chesson Hadley appeared to have tied his match with Patrick Reed (above) until Reed responded with a 15-foot dagger to win 1-up. Henrik Norlander parred No. 18 to clinch the match.

SEMIFINALS

Augusta State beat

Florida State 4-1

Newman came through again with the team's first point. Taylor rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to win 2-up. Norlander (left), who lost two of his first three holes to Drew Kittleson (right), spun an 84-yard lob wedge shot back into the hole for eagle at No. 17 to win 3 and 1. Reed later added a 1-up win.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Augusta State beat Oklahoma State 3-1-1

Norlander jumped on Morgan Hoffman, winning five of the first six holes en route to a 5 and 4 win. Reed also dominated Peter Uihlein, 4 and 2. Mitch Krywulycz, who trailed by four holes with seven to play, rallied to force a sudden-death playoff. While Kevin Tway three-putted for bogey at the first hole, Krywulycz parred the hole to clinch the title. Floyd (above) halved his match after Augusta State won it.

Results

At The Honors Course

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Yardage: 7,395; Par 72

Match Play

Finals

(Seedings in parentheses)

(6) Augusta State beat

(1) Oklahoma State 3-1-1

Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State, def. Carter Newman, Augusta State, 2 and 1

Trent Whitekiller, Oklahoma State, and Taylor Floyd, Augusta State, Halved

x-Mitch Krywulycz, Augusta State, and Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State, Halved

Patrick Reed, Augusta State, def. Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State, 4 and 2

Henrik Norlander, Augusta State, def. Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State, 5 and 4

x-Single-hole playoff won by Mitch Krywulycz, Augusta State

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DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/06/10 - 01:41 pm
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ASU BABY!!! GO JAGUARS!!!!

ASU BABY!!! GO JAGUARS!!!!

JM88
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JM88 06/06/10 - 01:43 pm
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This is an incredible

This is an incredible testament to the fantastic work that our athletic director Clint Bryant does. This title validates ASU as a legitimate national power in golf, and for a school with only 7,000 students and a much smaller budget than the schools it's competing against, that's truly remarkable.

National championship. Wow. It's gonna take a while for that to sink in.

april65
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april65 06/06/10 - 01:49 pm
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Now you all can hang a big

Now you all can hang a big number '1' on the back of your rides for at least a year!!! Way to go...really proud of you all.

augos
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augos 06/06/10 - 02:06 pm
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Congratulations to the ASU

Congratulations to the ASU golf program.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 02:08 pm
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T. Boone Pickens bankrolls

T. Boone Pickens bankrolls the OK State U. athletic department. They have more money for sports than we have for the entire college. Their clubhouse was built in 2001 at a cost of $4.5 million. This makes it even more amazing.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/10 - 02:10 pm
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From their media guide: "In

From their media guide: "In addition to an immaculate golf course, Cowboy golf boasts an elaborate practice facility that is second to none.

Cowboy golfers are able to utilize a practice range which possesses tee boxes that surround the entire landing area to allow players to practice with any wind direction. The players' short-game area comes complete with three tee boxes to hit 40 to 80-yard shots and three putting greens with varied grass types, allowing players to prepare for a wide range of course types.

Dreams do come true, and Karsten Creek is a testament to men's ability to prosper in the face of adversity. Karsten Creek serves as a daily reminder of the commitment to excellence of the OSU golf programs.

An indoor practice facility was also constructed in the fall of 1997 and is equipped with state-of-the-art video equipment for swing analysis. Karsten Creek is truly a special place that allows Oklahoma State to continue..."

laro247
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laro247 06/06/10 - 02:25 pm
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I believe this is the only

I believe this is the only ncaa division 1 championship won by an Augusta University wow, way to go Jags.

bobfowler
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bobfowler 06/06/10 - 02:46 pm
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WOW, I really did not think

WOW, I really did not think there was a team that could beat Oklahoma State in Golf. But then they had not played Augusta State this year either.
I attended Augusta Sttate's Tournament this year the weekend before the Masters so I am one of the lucky people who can say I have seen them this year in compitition. Everyone needs to watch and enjoy this talented special team. I bet next year's recruting will go off the chart.
" More players from Europe I bet."

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 06/06/10 - 03:02 pm
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Congratulations! You guys had

Congratulations! You guys had all the way!

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 06/06/10 - 03:06 pm
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How often does a commuter

How often does a commuter school this size EVER win a Div 1-A championship in ANYTHING?

BamaFanNGa
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BamaFanNGa 06/06/10 - 03:08 pm
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WAY 2 GO, JAGS!!!!!!!

WAY 2 GO, JAGS!!!!!!!

BamaFanNGa
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BamaFanNGa 06/06/10 - 03:16 pm
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1st Butler nearly takes out

1st Butler nearly takes out power house Duke in the NCAAM Basketball tourny. Now, Augusta State wins the NCAA Golf title over goliath Oklahoma State. Who said the little guys can't win?

dherman
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dherman 06/06/10 - 03:24 pm
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Congratulations Jags and ASU.

Congratulations Jags and ASU. So proud of you Champions...from J. Herman, AC Cheerleader 1962.

KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 06/06/10 - 04:24 pm
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NOW THEY NEED A FOOTBALL TEAM

NOW THEY NEED A FOOTBALL TEAM

movingtoaugusta
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movingtoaugusta 06/06/10 - 04:32 pm
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Great job. Made us proud!

Great job. Made us proud!

Junket831
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Junket831 06/06/10 - 05:14 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS ASU GOLFERS!

CONGRATULATIONS ASU GOLFERS! This a great achievement and something to make your school and Augusta community proud!!

tl-bro
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tl-bro 06/06/10 - 06:14 pm
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Welcome home party at ASU

Welcome home party at ASU Golf House at 8:45 tonight - all are invited. Police escort for the team van from I-20 - Wheeler Road exit.

whosaidthat
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whosaidthat 06/06/10 - 07:21 pm
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Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations!!!!

blackambiance79
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blackambiance79 06/06/10 - 07:25 pm
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As an alumnus of Augusta

As an alumnus of Augusta State, I say, "Congrats! Job well done."

KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 06/06/10 - 10:47 pm
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we need the basketball

we need the basketball championship this year

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/07/10 - 03:55 am
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This is the greatest

This is the greatest non-Masters sports story in Augusta's history. I'm pretty sure, no Division II school, playing up in any sport to D-I has ever won a championship. This is like ASU beating Duke in basketball for the NCAA Championship.

puppydog
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puppydog 06/07/10 - 12:15 pm
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Yay! They got their new van

Yay! They got their new van just in time! I'm so glad they got it . Thanks to all who made it possible for them to have something fitting to ride in. They certainly deserve it and their hero's welcome!! Congratulations!

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 06/07/10 - 12:54 pm
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Congratulations ASU Men's

Congratulations ASU Men's Golf Team! This is a great day for the University, the City and for Sport!

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