Augusta State fans cheer on golf team at home

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As the Augusta State University golf team claimed its second consecutive national championship in Stillwater, Okla., on Sunday, fans were cheering on the Jaguars at home.



Tracey McManus
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The final match of the NCAA Division I Golf Championship was not broadcast on TV, but a group of about 20 fans at Forest Hills Golf Club's bar and grill watched the action from a laptop they connected to a TV.

"Everyone was excited," said Brad Ramsbotham, who works at the Jaguars' home course. "I wouldn't say I was surprised, but it's great for our golf course and for the university."

Ramsbotham said he received about 100 phone calls at the pro shop from people excited to talk about the news after the win.

ASU beat the University of Georgia to repeat as national champions. The Jaguars lost two matches during the final round but won three to take the title.

"With Augusta being a golf mecca in the world, the CSRA has another reason to be proud," Priscilla Lord, of Belvedere, said in a Facebook message.

First Tee of Augusta employee Preston Agee, 24, agreed that the national recognition is a plus for the community.

On Sunday, three First Tee employees and a couple of golf students huddled around a laptop in the pro shop to watch the match streaming live on NCAA.com.

"I think it's phenomenal, to tell you the truth," Agee said. "It sort of put Augusta on the map as far as competitive golf is concerned."

ASU graduate Christina Bailey, who lives in Duluth, Ga., said that when she was a student in the early 1990s, the university had a talented golf team, and it's exciting to see the success grow through the years.

With Augusta being the home of the Masters Tournament, Bailey said, it's only natural that the university has attracted such talent.

"Being a small state university, it is difficult to excel in the major athletic programs," Bailey said in a Facebook message. "This is quite a boost for the school!"

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