Augusta State’s postseason hopes all come down to today.
Just two years removed from winning their second consecutive NCAA Division I national championship, the Jaguars are fighting to play in the NCAA Regionals. Using its final day of competition, Augusta State is playing host to a 36-hole event today at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The five-team field, which includes Georgia State, Savannah State, Bethune-Cookman and Gardner-Webb, tees off at 8:30 this morning off the No. 10 tee.
Augusta State is four wins under .500 – the prerequisite for making postseason play. If the Jaguars win their tournament, they will qualify for regionals on the number.
“The teams are on their way here,” Augusta State golf coach Kevin McPherson said Friday afternoon. “They obviously know we need some wins. We’re not pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes.”
Augusta State was able to play one final day of competition because of the first day of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate getting washed out. McPherson said it wasn’t easy finding other teams that had one remaining day left as well. The draw for those teams, he said, is an opportunity to play competitive golf.
“A lot of these teams that still have championships coming up, it gives them another day of competition,” McPherson said. “It’s not going to cost them anything. If I was in their same shoes, I would utilize the day as well.”
Augusta State is ranked No. 49 in Golfweek, easily high enough to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Now, they just have to win.
McPherson will stick with the same lineup that placed second to Texas in the Jaguars’ home tournament earlier this month at Forest Hills. Senior Derek Chang led the way with his third-place showing at 5-under, while Robin Petterson finished fifth. Cody Shafer tied for 19th, while Alex Wennstam tied for 33rd and Maverick Antcliff tied for 45th.
“I’ve been reminding them of how they played in their last tournament,” McPherson said. “I’ve been keep them focused on playing another event.”