In the championship match of the 2015 Dean’s Cup, Augusta University went up against defending champions Colorado State University prior to the USDGC’s final round on Saturday. Both teams started off the day grabbing umbrellas and extra towels to prepare for the rainy round to come.
Augusta carded a birdie on the first hole to grab a one stroke lead. Shooting stroke for stroke, that lead would hold until hole 8 with Augusta taking a double bogey while CSU held steady with a par. A birdie on hole 9 helped Augusta get a stroke back, making both teams tied at 1 over par after the first 9 holes. By now the rain had settled in, becoming a light shower. Fortunately the wind was holding back, so the teams only had to struggle to keep their discs dry enough to throw.
The back 9 started off just like the front. Augusta was able to birdie hole 10 while CSU took a par. Gaining another stroke on hole 12, Augusta went into hole 13 with a 2 stroke lead. The rain was slowing down and both teams were able to get a birdie. Going into 16, both teams had avoided going into hazard or out of bounds. Unfortunately, both of Augusta’s drives landed in hazard, which resulted in a bogey. After 16 holes, Augusta had the lead over CSU by 1 stroke.
At the tee for hole 17, the rain was back, and falling the hardest of the entire round so far. The initial drives for both teams missed the island. Augusta opted for the layup while CSU went for the green again from the tee, this time making it on the island. The shot getting Augusta on the green was on the deep left side, which resulted in a missed putt and a 6 for the hole. CSU also had a long putt from the left side, which they also missed, giving them a 5 and making both teams tied going to the 18th tee. After 3 shots, Augusta was set up for a par within the circle and a level putt at the basket. CSU, on the other hand, was looking at a 45-foot downhill putt for their par. In the end, Colorado State University missed their par, while Augusta University made theirs and became the 2015 Dean’s Cup Champions.
On the other card, the rain got the better of the host team Winthrop University, and The University of South Carolina was able to win their match and take third place.