Defending champ Augusta State advance in NCAA golf

Defending champ Augusta State advance in NCAA golf

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Defending champion Augusta State will face top-ranked Oklahoma State in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships semifinals in a rematch of the title match last year.

Augusta State beat Georgia Tech 3-2 on Friday, the Oklahoma State advanced with a 3-1-1 victory over Ohio State on the Cowboys’ home course at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Duke will play Georgia in the other semifinal. The Blue Devils upset stroke-play winner UCLA 3-1-1, and Georgia topped Illinois, also 3-1-1.

Five of the nation’s top 12 players will face off when Augusta State and Oklahoma State take the course – Peter Reed and Henrik Norlander of the defending champion Jaguars and Peter Uihlein, Kevin Tway and Morgan Hoffmann of the Cowboys. In the final last year, Augusta State won 3-1-1.

Reed, Mitchell Krywulycz and Carter Newman won matches for Augusta State.

“These kids still have something to prove. They want to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke, and obviously they’ve proven that so far and we can’t wait for tomorrow. It’ll be a dream match up,” Augusta State coach Josh Gregory said. “Obviously, they are the best team in the country. They have three first-team All-Americans, they are playing on their home course and everybody expects them to win and nobody expects us to win, but my kids know we can.”

Uihlein, the No. 1-ranked college player, and his Cowboys teammates have been waiting for a rematch with Augusta State. He suffered a 4-and-2 loss to Reed in the championship match and the two will square off again Saturday.

“I’m definitely looking forward to getting another crack at them. I think we’re the underdogs tomorrow, so we’re definitely going to come out and try to get it done,” Uihlein said. “They’re the defending champions. They’re the champions until somebody knocks them off.”

Austin Cody, Wes Roach and Tim Gornick won matches for Duke, while Bryden McPherson, Russell Henley and Harris English had victories for Georgia.

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