Leading after each of the first three rounds, the Dawgs took a 9 shot lead over in-state rival Georgia Tech into the final day. Yellow Jackets head coach Bruce Heppler has finished runner-up twice at Nationals twice before, and decided to take a different approach to Saturdays final round. Im a control freak, but it hasnt worked out before, so today I am going to take a hands-off approach, and let my team play their style of golf. But I do have a good feeling about how this will end up.
It seemed as though the Georgia Bulldogs were the team trailing by 9 shots. Head coach Chris Haack told me this might be as nervous as I have ever been on the golf course. We have the lead, and its not always easy to play with such a big lead.
Well, the Bulldogs quickly eased the worries of their head coach, playing smart and solid golf. Fairways and greens, and great par saves when they found trouble. Couple this, with Tech being unable to make a serious move, and the Bulldogs were on their way to capturing the programs second National Title.
For the third time since 2000, Georgia Tech would play the role of bridesmaid once again. Georgia added another championship to the one they won in 1999. The future should continue to be very bright for the boys from Athens, as four players return next year, and will be joined by one of the best juniors in the nation, Brian Harman.
In the end, Oklahoma State failed to get it done, as they finished last of the 15 teams that made the cut. The nations second best team showed just how good and complete of a team they are, as each of the five Bulldogs posted an even par round of 70 on the final day of the years last event.
Now its off to the Palmer Cup, where the Nations best collegiate players from the U.S take on their counterparts from Europe. Action begins on Wednesday from the Irish course at Whistling Straits.
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