CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The NCAA Men's Golf Championship is down to two teams as top seed Oklahoma State will battle No. 7 seed Augusta State for the title Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., at The Honors Course. OSU will be looking for its 11th title, while the Jaguars are hunting their first.
The Cowboys got off to a great start in virtually all five matches. Leaving the third hole, four of the five matches were pointed OSU's way while the fifth was all square.
No one got off to a better start than Trent Whitekiller. He won the first seven holes and never looked back in winning 5&4 over Isaiah Telles. With the match dormy with seven holes to play, Telles won two straight holes battling back and birdied 14 before Whitekiller closed the match with a birdie of his own.
Jack Dukeminier got Oregon on the board with a 4&3 win over Sean Einhaus. Dukeminier never trailed in his match with Einhaus. Trailing 4 down after right, Einhaus won two of three holes to close within two. Dukeminier won three of the next four holes for the win.
Morgan Hoffmann and Peter Uihlein posted identical 3&2 wins over Eugene Wong and Daniel Miernicki; respectively. That clinched the win as Kevin Tway and Andrew Vijarro halved the final match to post the final of OSU 3.5 to Oregon's the Ducks' 1.5.
Vijarro came back from 4 down winning five of six holes to take a 1 up lead into 17 where Tway evened the match with a birdie. The two halved 18 to end the match all square.
Augusta State also started fast and held on for the 4-1 win over Florida State. Carter Newman struck first for the Jaguars with a 4&3 win over Michael Hebert. With the match all square through three, Newman won four of the next seven holes to take control of the match.
The Seminoles struck back with a 4&3 win of its own by Seath Lauer over Mitchell Krywulycz. ASU answered as Taylor Floyd, battling an illness, claimed a 2 up win over Wesley Graham setting the stage for a final point to clinch the match.
That point came from the lob wedge of Henrik Norlander. Norlander holed out for eagle from 80 yards out on the par 5 17th hole for the 3&1 win over Drew Kittleson. Patrick Reed added a 1 up win on 18 just minutes later for the final 4-1 margin.
Once again, Sunday's final begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are only available at the course and are $15 at the entrance next to spectator parking.