SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Augusta State’s poor week at the Gifford Collegiate finished on an even worse note when the Jaguars were disqualified from the event.
The Jaguars were in last place after the Gifford’s first round. The team was going to finish a disappointing ninth in the 12-team field after Wednesday’s final round, but was disqualified when two players failed to return scorecards. The disqualification dropped Augusta State from No. 6 to No. 19 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Patrick Reed withdrew early in the final round with a wrist injury, and Carter Newman was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
The Jaguars will be credited with a last-place finish. The 11 head-to-head losses hurt Augusta State’s ranking, but will have little impact on the defending NCAA champion’s postseason chances.
Augusta State does not play in a conference, so it must receive an at-large bid to play in the postseason. A team needs at least a .500 record to earn an at-large bid. Augusta State entered the Gifford with a 35-5-2 head-to-head record.
There was one bright spot for the Jaguars, though. Henrik Norlander, who won the 2007 Gifford, tied for second individually.
The disqualification did not have any effect on the Jaguars’ individual ranks in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.