Patrick Reed closed out Augusta State’s second straight NCAA golf title Sunday, beating Georgia’s Harris English 2 and 1 in the featured matchup between each team’s top player.
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Reed needed only a double bogey to halve the 17th hole and win the championship after English hit his second shot into a lake left of the green.
Reed, who played for the Bulldogs as a freshman, has helped turn Augusta State into a budding powerhouse, right in the shadows of Augusta National.
The Jaguars, who compete in Division II in all sports except golf, also got victories from Mitchell Krywulycz and Carter Newman to win the final match 3-2.
Russell Henley and Bryden MacPherson won their matches for Georgia, which was seeking its third NCAA title. The Bulldogs previously won the title in 1999 and 2005 and were hoping to keep up the trend of a championship every six years.
Reed never let English get ahead in what proved to be the deciding match, and didn’t even need a birdie on the back nine to do it. He took the lead for good when English double-bogeyed the par-4 10th and went 2-up when English bogeyed the par-4 13th.
Then, after English hit into the water on No. 17, Reed chipped over the green and then back on to close it out.
Krywulycz, who rallied from 4-down to beat Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway in the deciding match last year, prevented Georgia’s Hudson Swafford from making a similar rally this year. Swafford bogeyed the first four holes to immediately fall 4-down, then suddenly was back within 1-up by winning the last three holes on the front nine.
Swafford had a chance to take the match to the 18th, but he couldn’t capitalize after Krywulycz also hit his second shot into the water on No. 17. Krywulycz took a drop and got up and down for bogey, and Swafford halved the hole and lost 2 and 1.
Newman, who won in a playoff to get Augusta State to the finals, had a much easier time, winning 7 and 5 against T.J. Mitchell.
Mitchell never recovered after making double bogeys on the first two holes. He didn’t make a single birdie and added five more bogeys, allowing Newman to cruise to victory.