|Once, maybe. Twice, unbelievable!|
The Division-II Augusta State Jaguars golf team won their second straight NCAA Division-I national championship yesterday, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 3-2 in the championship match. Tournament results can be found HERE. (SIDE NOTE: I love the new match play format in the Final 8 to determine the national champion.)
In the sports world, this is not getting nearly enough hype, and it should be getting much more. Among the recent golf national champions: Georgia, Oklahoma State, Stanford, UCLA, Texas A&M and AUGUSTA STATE. One of these things is not like the others...
Understand, golf is a sport still mainly dominated by the larger universities, and most all Division-I colleges have golf programs. This championship isn't like water polo, where hardly any universities play. And to think, a DIVISION-II school won! Twice!
Upsets are what make sports great, and ASU's title last year was considered unique and highly unlikely, but not impossible. However, asking the underdog to win two years in a row? Not a chance. Augusta State was the 7th seed in the tournament this year, and not a prohibitive favorite to bring home the trophy again. That's what makes this story so unbelievable. The second one is much harder to win than the first, and for the little D-II school to do it twice in a row? Crazy.
This is the most unlikely championship story in college sports I've ever seen: A Division-II team winning a Division-I championship. In football, this would be like Valdosta State beating Georgia, Florida State and Auburn on the way to winning the BCS National Championship, or a Columbus State navigating the Field of 68 in March to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Congratulations to Coach Josh Gregory and the Jaguar golf team on a remarkable achievement!