News 12 @ 11 Saturday May 17, 2008
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Augusta State fired a seven-under 277 and finished in second place Saturday afternoon in the NCAA East Regional hosted by the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga at Council Fire Golf Club.
With the effort, the Jaguars earned a trip to the NCAA Championships at Purdue University’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, scheduled for May 28-31 in West Lafayette, Ind. In addition, ASU has now advanced to the NCAA Championships three times in six seasons under head coach Josh Gregory and 10 times overall in 13 NCAA Regional appearances
The Jaguars posted their second-best NCAA Regional finish in school history. With a three-round total of 20-under-par 832, ASU registered the fourth-lowest total in school history and the lowest-ever 54-hole total in 13 NCAA regional appearances.
Freshman Henrik Norlander paced the Jags individually, carding a four-under 67 to take third place alone at 11-under 202. Senior Keith Guest, junior Tarik Can and sophomore Jake Amos each turned in rounds of one-under 70 while sophomore Mitch Krywulycz notched a two-over 73.
Can tied for 17th, Guest tied for 29th, Krywulycz tied for 38th and Amos tied for 65th. For the tournament, the Jags had 13 of 15 rounds at even-par or better.
“This ranks right up there with our Central Regional title in 2005,” Gregory said. “I’ve never been more proud of a group of kids than I am right now and I’m especially proud for our senior Keith Guest. We came in here with a lot of confidence and we knew we were capable of finishing in the top 10, but to place second and go toe-to-toe with the top teams in the nation is really special.”
Georgia, the 36-hole leader, notched a nine-under 275 and claimed the regional title with a 41-under 811 effort. UC-Irvine, Mississippi State and UAB rounded out the top five while Auburn, Charlotte, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee and Virginia finished sixth through 10th to advance to Purdue.