Patrick Reed is the PGA Tour’s newest hero. You’ve got to love a guy who in a playoff has to use a baseball swing to hit off pine needles in an uphill lie, yet knocks the ball onto the green, seven feet from the cup. Won him the Wyndham Championship, which you might know better as the Greater Greensboro Open. You can read that story here.
And better yet, the guy’s caddie is his wife. Quite a story for a 23-year-old.
But here in Oklahoma, we’ve heard of Patrick Reed. Or at least we should have.
Reed was the star on Augusta State’s 2011 NCAA championship team, which won at Stillwater’s Karsten Creek. In the championship round, Augusta State beat Georgia 3-2 — and Reed’s 2-and-1 victory over Georgia’s Harris English was the deciding match.
But Reed was an even bigger star in the semifinals, when Augusta State stunned heavily-favored OSU 3-2. That semifinal came down to Reed’s match against OSU all-American Peter Uihlein. It wasn’t close. Reed dominated from the start. He played five-under par. Uihlein was 7-over. The match lasted 11 holes. Reed won 8-and-7. You can read our story here.
And Augusta State was on its way to the NCAA championship.
Now, Augusta State doesn’t even exist. The state of Georgia combined Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Now it’s called Georgia Regents University. But it still has a golf team. And Patrick Reed is its pride and joy.
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