Match Play Is Better Files: SEC Conference Fireworks

The SEC decided their men's conference title at match play for the first time this year. Judging by the images and quotes, things went swimmingly under the format.

In Sunday's semi's, both Texas A&M and Vanderbilt advanced on winning putts, reports Golfweek's Brentley Romine.

Freshman John Augenstein made this 15-footer for birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Florida freshman Andy Zhang


Augenstein starred again in Monday's final, this time edging A&M's Andrew Paysse in 23 holes, as Romine writes in wrapping up the exciting final.

And there was this quote from Vanderbilt's coach in Ryan Herrington's roundup of the first conference championship weekend.

“This match play is like a different sport,” said Vanderbilt coach Scott Limbaugh. “It’s just really special. John makes a lot of those putts in practice. We do some drills at the end of our practices trying to build these scenarios, and he’s the last one standing a lot of times. He’s one of the guys I would have wanted to have that opportunity. It was a lot of fun. It was about as much fun as I’ve ever had at a golf course.”

Match play!