Krywulycz in NCAA Finals for Augusta

American-based Aussie, Mitch Krywulycz, is set to contest the final of the NCAA Championship at Ooltewah, Tennessee, after Augusta State qualified for the US Collegiate Championship final against the US Collegiate powerhouse, Oklahoma State.

Krywulycz, a Junior at Augusta State majoring in History & Sociology, has been instrumental for his collegiate team playing the number 3 position this season in the NCAA Championships.

Augusta State entered the match-play section the sixth seeds defeated Florida State, 4-1, in Saturday's semi-final to set the final encounter against number 1 seeds, Oklahoma State.

The pathway to the NCAA Final was certainly dramatic for Augusta State and no more so than in today's semi-final. Henrik Norlander clinched Augusta State's finals berth by holing a lob wedge from 84 yards for eagle on the par-5 17th. The hole-out gave Norlander a 3-and-1 victory over Drew Kittleson.

Oklahoma State is making its record 64th consecutive appearance in the finals this year. In addition to the 10 title-winning trophies, Oklahoma State have finished in the top-ten, 53 times, in the top-five 49 times and in the top-three 28 times.

In a 23 year championship stretch from 1970 to 1992, Oklahoma State never finished outside the top-five of collegiate teams.

In comparison this is only Augusta State's 11th finals appearance. They have four top-10s, and their best finish was fifth in 2002.

Augusta State is not just adding excitement to this NCAA Championship by playing the underdog role against the number 1 Collegiate team in the system, add into the mix that Augusta State plays at Division II within the NCCA system for all sports except men's and women's golf and the enormity of reaching the NCCA golf final itself is appreciated as the College goes in search of national recognition.

"This is an unbelievable dream and I can't believe that we are standing here," said Augusta State coach, Josh Gregory.

"Ask any of our team players as to a dream scenario as to who they wanted to play against if we made the final and they all said 'Oklahoma State'. We're excited about it and looking forward to tomorrow's final."

Krywulycz has been based in Augusta for the last three years since leaving Sydney and was also relishing in the opportunity to play in one of the biggest events on the US Collegiate calendar, against one of the biggest collegiate team in the system.

"A lot of people have spent years preparing us for this final," said Krywulycz.

"We are certainly the 'underdogs' and we have never done any better than fifth on the table. Yet there are five guys and a coach here that have played all season as a unit and without the resources of other teams and we are proud of it and what we already done. Tomorrow's final is certainly one of the biggest matches that I'll ever play."

Augusta State have come from the top-30 teams to qualify for the match-play component of the NCCA Championship and are down the the final two. It's been an all-round effort as the team goes in search of it's first National Championship title. They as a unit play with their pride on their sleeve and ready to create some history of their own.

Unlike either the Sydney or Melbourne Pennant Finals, the NCAA stipulate that teams must order their players according to their national ranking. This eliminates the "sleeper" effect or what's commonly referred to in Australia as "team stacking".

"It's been great fun," says Krywulycz.

"Everyone goes out there and plays their hardest knowing the other is doing the same. You don't worry about what's happen before and who's won what. I've been putting and chipping well during this tournament and feel ready, but it will certainly be a tough final match."

The final will be contested with five match-play encounters, with the first team to secure three matches declared the champion.

Sean Einhaus of Oklahoma State and Carter Newman of Augusta State tee off in the top-order match.

They will be followed by Trent Whitekiller (OSU) against Taylor Floyd (ASU), Kevin Tway (OSU) will play Australia's, Mitch Krywulycz (ASU), Peter Uihlein (OSU) against Patrick Reed (ASU) and Morgan Hoffmann (OSU) against Henrik Norlander (ASU).

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