Augusta State repeats as national champs

Jaguars knock off Georgia in final to capture second crown

STILLWATER, Okla. --- The plane touches down at 4 p.m. today at Augusta Regional Airport. Or maybe it's 4:30. Augusta State's men's golf team wasn't exactly sure amid the euphoria Sunday afternoon.

There's really only one thing you need to know: When the Jaguars return home today, they'll do so with another piece of hardware that proves to the world Augusta truly is a golfing mecca.

In the final match of the NCAA Division I Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Course, Augusta State defeated Georgia, 3-2, to win its second consecutive national title.

Now, the planning for another banquet and another trip to Washington, D.C., can begin.

"I'm excited to get back. I don't know what it'll be like," said Jaguar senior Carter Newman, who grew up in Evans and was 3-0 in his matches. "I think it's going to be pretty exciting."

The five players in the starting lineup -- Mitch Krywulycz, Henrik Norlander, Patrick Reed, Olle Bengtsson and Newman -- all did something special to close their careers in grand fashion. Augusta State became the first team to win back-to-back championships since Houston in 1984-85.

"Two national championships to close out my college career," Newman said. "If you would've told me we'd do this when I started my career, I would've told you you're insane."

Augusta State gave itself the chance to win when it finished seventh after three rounds of stroke play, advancing to the match play quarterfinals by two shots. From there, the Jaguars delivered three unforgettable matches in a row.

Augusta State opened with a 3-2 win over Georgia Tech for the second consecutive year. Then, the Jaguars defeated top-ranked Oklahoma State on its home course, 3-2.

In the championship match, Newman went out early and grabbed the first point. Then, Krywulycz closed out Hudson Swafford at No. 17. Securing the winning point and sending Jaguars fans roaring was Reed, who two-putted at the 17th. The party will continue when the plane lands today in Augusta.

Greet the Jags

The Jaguars are expected to arrive in Augusta today by 4:30 p.m. They will receive a police escort to Julian Smith Casino for a celebration. The community is invited.

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