Augusta State tops Oklahoma St for NCAA title

By Associated PressJune 7, 2010, 12:04 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Mitch Krywulycz was the only player who hadn’t won a match for Augusta State all week. So he wasn’t counting on being the one to clinch the Jaguars’ NCAA championship over golf powerhouse Oklahoma State.

Krywulycz and Kevin Tway were all square through 18, and he thought the pair would halve the 19th hole. Then Tway’s 3-foot put skirted the hole for a bogey, giving Krywulycz the win and sixth-seeded Augusta State its first title in 11 tries with a 3-1-1 victory at The Honors Course on Sunday.

“I thought that he would make it,” Krywulycz said. “You have to just think the unexpected is going to happen. He is a great player and putter, and I just thought he would have made it.”

Tway crouched in the shadow of his bag as three of Krywulycz’s teammates and the team’s fans crowded around the hole with screams of celebration.

“I waited 21 years to play something like this, and to have it end this way is pretty sickening to my stomach,” Tway said. “I guess you just take it and try to learn from it and see if I can do better next time.”

Top-seeded Oklahoma State was clearly the favorite, having made every NCAA Division I men’s tournament in the 64-year history of the championship and winning 10 titles along the way. Nearly every Cowboys golfer has won a title at some point during his college career, including Tway’s father, Bob Tway, who was on the championship Oklahoma State team in 1980.

Golf is big at Augusta State too, despite the lack of national championships. It’s the only sport where the Jaguars compete at the Division I level – they compete in Division II in nine others.

“It means everything. It is a dream come true,” said coach Josh Gregory, who competed in the 1996 national championship at The Honors Course with SMU. “It has validated the success of the coaches before me and the players before them. College golf means something to Augusta, Ga., and it doesn’t happen without us.”

Instead of the Cowboys dominating, it was Augusta State that took large, unchallenged leads early.

Henrik Norlander was 6-up by the eighth hole thanks to some of his own birdies and three bogeys from Morgan Hoffmann, who struggled to hit the fairway. Norlander won the first match 5 and 4.

Patrick Reed finished quickly after Norlander, using his fourth birdie of the day to grab a 5-up lead over Peter Uihlein on the 12th hole. He finished with a 4-and-2 victory.

But Sean Einhaus took the next match for the Cowboys, a 2-and-1 win over Carter Newman, and Tway held a 4-up lead after 11 holes. That appeared to leave the Jaguars’ hopes on the shoulders of Taylor Floyd, who played sick Saturday and had his match with Trent Whitekiller on Sunday delayed so he could receive extra fluids before heading onto the hot course.

“For him to even be able to play golf today is remarkable,” Gregory said. “I didn’t think he would be able to go today, but he told me, ‘Coach, there is no way I would miss it for the world.’ For him to play and fight it and somehow finish his match today and yesterday is unreal.”

Despite appearing flushed and walking slowly behind Whitekiller and the gallery of fans following the pair’s match, Floyd managed to lead 1-up through 12 holes.

That’s when Krywulycz made his comeback.

Tway bogeyed the 12th hole to drop to 3-up, and Krywulycz birdied the next hole, giving him a little extra confidence. Then he birdied the next two holes to make the match all square at the 15th. The pair matched par for par for the rest of the match, sending it to the 19th hole, where Krywulycz made par and Tway bogeyed.

“This team should figure out something to learn from this to make yourself a better player, as should Tway,” Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw said.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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