Augusta State golf team meets Obama

MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
Members of the ASU golf team stand near the White House before their chance to meet President Obama.
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WASHINGTON --- President Obama walked along the rope line shaking hands when he arrived upon Jake Amos.

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He asked the former Jaguar where he's from, and Amos innocently replied, "England." When Obama clarified the question, Amos and his teammates boldly stated "Augusta."

"You guys are all scratch players?" Obama asked. "I need some help with my game."

After winning the NCAA Division I golf championship in June, Augusta State's team enjoyed an afternoon of cookies and lemonade on the White House's South Lawn. Later, they shook hands with the president.

"This is definitely one of the most special things I've been able to do," senior Carter Newman said. "It was pretty cool to shake hands with the president."

At a late-afternoon ceremony Monday, Obama honored 33 NCAA Division I national championship teams, including the South Carolina baseball team. At 5:45 p.m., Obama addressed the student-athletes for five minutes.

"I want to thank all the teams that have traveled from all over the country to be here. And congratulations on being NCAA champions," the president said in prepared remarks. "We've got over 650 athletes and almost 150 coaches and staff here today. This is the most athletic talent we've ever had on the South Lawn."

Augusta State won its first NCAA title when it defeated Oklahoma State in the final match at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. Meeting the president at the White House capped the team's celebration three months later.

"I expected him to just come out and say, 'Hi,'" junior Patrick Reed said. "For him to recognize every team was special."

Augusta State arrived at 9:30 a.m. in nearby Manassas, Va., via two private planes. From there, the team rode a bus to Washington, where it took tours of the U.S. Air Force Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and National World War II Memorial.

All 10 members of last season's team, accompanied by school President William A. Bloodworth Jr., Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, athletic director Clint Bryant, faculty athletic representative Donna Hobbs and sports information director Joey Warren, arrived at the South Lawn of the White House about 3:30 p.m.

Jaguar golf coach Josh Gregory missed the trip because his wife, Ashley, delivered their first child, James Baxley, a 7-pound, 10-ounce boy, at 4:38 a.m. Monday.

Amos would have missed the trip, too. Last season was his final one with the Jaguars, but he still needs 14 hours this fall to graduate in December with a sociology degree. If he had graduated in May, Amos said, he would have been overseas at European Tour Qualifying School.

"It's great I've been able to come," Amos said. "This is a nice surprise."

For the five starters off last year's team -- Reed, Newman, Taylor Floyd, Mitch Krywulycz and Henrik Norlander -- along with the five reserves (Amos, Olle Bengtsson, Jacob Carlsson, Brendan Gillins and Shawn Yim), the day is one they'll never forget.

"This is just what hard work will do," Newman said. "We never dreamed we'd be here with all these teams.

"It's going to be pretty cool to tell my kids one day."

Reality sets back in for the team today. Norlander has two tests and a presentation due, and sleep, he said, was not a main priority. The players will attend two days of classes before traveling to their first event of the fall.

"I'm stressed out," Norlander said, "but it's worth it."

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csrareader
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csrareader 09/13/10 - 08:11 am
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{Obama looking at left

{Obama looking at left teleprompter ) Congratulations. to. the. Augusta. State. University. Golf. Team.{Obama looking at right teleprompter} You. are. to. be. congratulated. for. your. achievement.
{end of Ombama remarks}

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Cadence 09/13/10 - 08:30 am
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A new baby! That is wonderful

A new baby! That is wonderful news. all his life he will hear the story about "I could have met the President but you decided to arrive that morning." I hope that little James' life is rich and fulfilling. Oh, and congrats to the golf team.

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joebowles 09/13/10 - 10:59 am
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Cadence, I believe all his

Cadence, I believe all his life the child and wife will here "Family First". Classy move by a great coach and obviously a great Father.

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b1 09/13/10 - 11:13 am
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Baby being born...that's much

Baby being born...that's much better than what I would have come up with! I would have suddenly came down with the flu!
Who wants to be honored by that low life!

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NotReallyGA12 09/13/10 - 11:42 am
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Wow, the hate yet flows. I

Wow, the hate yet flows. I bet if the coach's wife hadn't delivered her baby on this day in time, he would be on the bus with his team. Go figure.

NotReallyGA12
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NotReallyGA12 09/13/10 - 11:45 am
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The birth of your first child

The birth of your first child supercede anything you may have planned for that day. I'm sure he wishes he could be there. You local Obama Derangement Syndromers are some funny people.

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 09/13/10 - 11:49 am
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The Mayor is supposed to be

The Mayor is supposed to be speaking at the West Augusta Alliance tonight. Interesting....

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 09/13/10 - 12:24 pm
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Deke is too busy to figure

Deke is too busy to figure out how to get a CNPO written or how to better utilize the county's resources to clean up Augusta but he can take a last minute trip to Washington for a rear-end kissing and photo op. Priorities man.....priorities.

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omnomnom 09/13/10 - 01:18 pm
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where'd deke get those shades

where'd deke get those shades at?

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augustadog 09/13/10 - 01:47 pm
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Congrats to ASU for their

Congrats to ASU for their amazing run in the Tournament. The NCAA National Champions from Augusta GA, home of the Masters.

grinder48
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grinder48 09/13/10 - 02:17 pm
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Congrats ASU golf team! "
Unpublished

Congrats ASU golf team! " ... and Augusta State had an open spot on one of its private planes." Good lawd!

NotReallyGA12
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NotReallyGA12 09/13/10 - 02:19 pm
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Sounding like the church lady

Sounding like the church lady from saturday night live about the gifts to The President: "Wellllll isn't that special" LOL... I suppose if they had listened to all you local Obama Derangement Syndromers (even the chronicle editors and cartoonist) they wouldn't even be up there receiving such a distinguished honor. From the HATE you locals have for Obama I'm just glad it didn't rub off on these young men, the coach, Deke and all the others with them.

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pommom38 09/13/10 - 02:53 pm
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Why do you waste your time

Why do you waste your time notreally? Going off on the obama haters will get you nowhere. Just remember, no matter WHO gets president, people will always either hate or love him. I to can't fathom *private plane*. They have cut out programs and keep screaming about low funds, yet you own private planes?? Oh well, the boys earned their wins, so shall they enjoy their trip to WA.

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Pops 09/13/10 - 03:44 pm
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Nolan Belcher is also in the

Nolan Belcher is also in the ceremony today. South Carolina's baseball team.

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follower 09/13/10 - 04:16 pm
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Pommom, ASU doesn't own

Pommom, ASU doesn't own private planes. And if I had to guess, someone donated the airtime as a charitable gift.

NotReally, surely you realize that disagreement does not equal hate? Everyone that opposes this administration is not emotionally disturbed as you imagine. Try another approach, as this one's very worn.

Above all, Congratulations to ASU and the new parents.

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Chris Gay 09/13/10 - 04:24 pm
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For clarification sake,

For clarification sake, Augusta State had the planes donated for their use today.

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Connor Threlkeld 09/13/10 - 07:38 pm
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RE South Carolina Baseball:

RE South Carolina Baseball: Chris Gay tells me he saw the USC coach, but there were too many people to pick out more of the players.

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LBenedict 09/13/10 - 10:34 pm
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"I believe all his life the

"I believe all his life the child and wife will here "Family First". Classy move by a great coach and obviously a great Father." They will "here" it, huh?

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KSL 09/14/10 - 01:58 am
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Sorry, but being awed by

Sorry, but being awed by meeting with the POTUS has been ruined for me in the past. It gets diminished when he turns out to be such a bad president.

I would say that the greater accomplishment is the reward of being honored by being invited to the White House, no matter whoever is the temporary resident.

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KSL 09/14/10 - 02:03 am
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Comment removed because I

Comment removed because I didn't want to go back over the article and comments.

Whoever posted the word here for hear, that was my issue.

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sjgraci 09/14/10 - 02:57 am
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Congrats to ASU. A great

Congrats to ASU. A great honor for you and to represent the university and community before the President of the United States.

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chascush 09/14/10 - 06:52 am
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Congrats ASU The USC

Congrats ASU
The USC Gamecocks won the baseball world series. Wonder with Hussein will invite them to the WH?

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csrareader 09/14/10 - 08:44 am
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Great photo by Michael

Great photo by Michael Holohan of team in front of WH.

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JagsWithClass 09/14/10 - 09:20 am
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"At a late-afternoon ceremony

"At a late-afternoon ceremony Monday, Obama honored 33 NCAA Division I national championship teams, including the South Carolina baseball team."

Reading can dispel some of the greatest of ignorances, but hatred is a black hole of misery.

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happychimer 09/14/10 - 09:57 am
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Reading can dispel some of

Reading can dispel some of the greatest of ignorances, but hatred is a black hole of misery.
I like that one.

mary dits
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mary dits 09/14/10 - 10:05 am
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oh, mayor deke finally got to

oh, mayor deke finally got to meet the president! good because last time there was the weather. and hilton head. and his assistant was at disneyworld.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzmkOPG1bCw

opinions are like...
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opinions are like... 09/14/10 - 10:35 am
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GO JAGS!!!!!!!! We are so

GO JAGS!!!!!!!! We are so proud!

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grinder48 09/14/10 - 10:36 am
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If the private planes were
Unpublished

If the private planes were donated for use for this event, the original article was certainly misleading. Another example of the sophomoric writing of AC staff.

mary dits
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mary dits 09/14/10 - 10:53 am
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oh yeah, Go Jags!

oh yeah, Go Jags!

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SouthAugustan 09/14/10 - 12:49 pm
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You would think Obama could

You would think Obama could have served all of the teams dinner instead of cookies and lemonade!

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