He kept his poise - and his confidence - and came back to win.
Rank outsider Andy Ogletree became the first player from MS to win the U.S. Amateur Championship when he beat John Augenstein 2&1 in an all-American final in North Carolina on Sunday.
"Everyone on (his Georgia Tech) team says Andy's blood pressure's got to be negative", Ogletree quipped. Ogletree was even 4 down after the first five holes of the final match, the first half of which was played on Pinehurst No. 4.
"I showed a lot of resilience out there and never gave up", Ogletree said. He held on to the lead for the next three holes, sealing the deal on the par-3 17th hole with a par. Augenstein placed his tee shot on the left fringe and four-putted for a double bogey. Through the first 18 holes, Augenstein was 4 under while Ogletree finished 3 under. "He was really super solid and made no mistakes".
Ogletree started the week ranked outside the top 100 in the world amateur rankings. Highlights include Ricky Castillo vs. John Augenstein; Palmer Jackson vs. Isaiah Salinda; Brad Dalke vs. Karl Vilips and more.
Highlights from the Round of 16 of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club.
Just by reaching the U.S. Amateur final, Ogletree and Augenstin earned a spot in next year's Masters and U.S. Open.
During match play, neither of these players saw it very often.
Augenstein trailed for just one hole entering the final match and had yet to trail thru 31 holes on Sunday.
Early on, it looked as though this was Augenstein's match to lose.