Scouting report: NCAA Championship

Augusta State's Patrick Reed and Oklahoma State's Trent Whitekiller.

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At 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Oklahoma State and Augusta State will square off to decide this year’s national champion. The Cowboys will be playing for their 11th NCAA Championship; Augusta State will be going for its first.

Here’s the scouting report:

MATCH 1: Sean Einhaus, So. (Oklahoma St.) vs. Carter Newman, Jr. (Augusta St.)

Scouting Einhaus: Ranked No. 156 by Golfweek, Einhaus has gone 1-1 in match play after posting rounds of 75-75-76 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw:

Strengths: “Short game. Around the greens he looks like a Tour player.”

Weakness: “Getting out of his own way.”

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Scouting Newman: Ranked No. 191 by Golfweek, Newman has gone 2-0 in match play after posting rounds of 77-83-73 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Augusta State coach Josh Gregory:

Strengths: “Drives the ball in the fairway and a very good iron player.”

Weakness: “Handling his emotions.”

Ringler’s Edge: Newman (Augusta St.)

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MATCH 2: Trent Whitekiller, Sr. (Oklahoma St.) vs. Taylor Floyd, So. (Augusta St.)

Scouting Whitekiller: Ranked No. 46 by Golfweek, Whitekiller has gone 2-0 in match play after posting rounds of 70-76-70 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw:

Strengths: “Ability to not let the situation overwhelm him.”

Weakness: “Short game.”

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Scouting Floyd: Ranked No. 191 by Golfweek, Floyd has gone 1-0-1 in match play after posting rounds of 73-70-78 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Augusta State coach Josh Gregory:

Strengths: “His length, great driver of the ball and quiet confidence.”

Weakness: “Distance control.”

Ringler’s Edge: Whitekiller (Oklahoma St.)

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MATCH 3: Kevin Tway, Jr. (Oklahoma St.) vs. Mitchell Krywulycz, Jr. (Augusta St.)

Scouting Tway: Ranked No. 16 by Golfweek, Tway has gone 1-0-1 in match play after posting rounds of 74-71-68 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw:

Strengths: “One of the best ball-strikers I have ever coached.”

Weakness: “A little too hard on himself.”

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Scouting Krywulycz: Ranked No. 61 by Golfweek, Krywulycz has gone 0-2 in match play after posting rounds of 72-74-72 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Augusta State coach Josh Gregory:

Strengths: “Unbelievable heart and a great short game”

Weakness: “Mid-iron game.”

Ringler’s Edge: Tway (Oklahoma St.)

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MATCH 4: Peter Uihlein, So. (Oklahoma St.) vs. Patrick Reed, So. (Augusta St.)

Scouting Uihlein: Ranked No. 13 by Golfweek, Uihlein has gone 1-1 in match play after posting rounds of 69-68-71 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw:

Strengths: “Competitive drive.”

Weakness: “Maybe overreacts and sometimes his intensity can spill into his emotions.”

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Scouting Reed: Ranked No. 5 by Golfweek, Reed has gone 2-0 in match play after posting rounds of 74-75-70 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Augusta State coach Josh Gregory:

Strengths: “Great match-play player and one of the best competitors I have ever been around. Best putter I have ever coached.”

Weakness: “Patience and too hard on himself.”

Ringler’s Edge: Reed (Augusta St.)

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MATCH 5: Morgan Hoffman, So. (Oklahoma St.) vs. Henrik Norlander, Jr. (Augusta St.)

Scouting Hoffman: Ranked No. 23 by Golfweek, Uihlein has gone 2-0 in match play after posting rounds of 70-70-74 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw:

Strengths: “Drives the ball wonderfully straight and is a great iron player.”

Weakness: “Not a lot of weaknesses, but sometimes is a little too critical of himself.”

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Scouting Norlander: Ranked No. 19 by Golfweek, Reed has gone 2-0 in match play after posting rounds of 68-69-73 in stroke-play qualifying.

According to Augusta State coach Josh Gregory:

Strengths: “Best ball-striker in college golf.”

Weakness: “Average putter.”

Ringler’s Edge: Norlander (Augusta St.)

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THE VERDICT: Augusta State wins 3-2.

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