College Golf

Hall wins playoff for Augusta title

Ryan Hall eagled his final hole to tie for the lead and then won the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational in a playoff (Gamecock twitter photo)

Last month Gamecock junior Ryan Hall was named to the Haskins Award Watch List. The Haskins Award is college golf’s equivalent of the football Heisman Trophy

Hall is among a group of the top college golfers in the country this year, but there was one line missing from an otherwise outstanding resume when compared to others on the list.

Hall had not won a tournament this year.

The Gamecock junior changed that on Sunday when he won the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational played at Forest Hills Country Club in Augusta.

With all his finishes in the top-20, including 4-top 10s, it was only a matter of time before Hall a. win to his resume.

The Gamecock from Knoxville needed a couple of extra holes, but he won his second college title in a playoff.

Hall opened the 54 hole event with an even par 72 to trail the three co-leaders by 5-shots.

The second round was also played on Saturday and Hall shaved six shots off his first round total.

His 6-under par 66 moved him up the leader board, but still left the Gamecock junior 5- shots off the pace in a tie for 7th place.

In the final round, Hall carded his best score of the season. His 8-under par 64, tied his career best score and included a pair of eagles on the last day.

One of the eagles was on his final hole which gave him the lead until Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante birdied his final hole to catch Hall and force the playoff.

Both golfers birdied the first playoff hole, but Hall was able to roll in a birdie the second time they played the 10th hole to earn the win.

An extra benefit from the win is an invitation Hall recieved to play in the PGA Tour’s 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota starting on July 22nd.

The Gamecock team finished in a tie for 10th place with Georgia State.

Third ranked Oklahoma State won the tournament by 2-shots over 17th ranked Pepperdine.

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