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Auburn wins its first Golf national title

The Auburn University men's golf team defeated Florida State 3-2 to win the University's first men's golf national title ever.

On Wednesday, Auburn played FSU at the Omni La Costa Champions Course in the California hills near Carlsbad, California.

The Tigers' head coach is Nick Clinard.

"I've got a great group of young men," said Clinard. "We've got six of the best players in the country."

Senior J.M. Butler said, "Glad we could get it done. I knew we had it in us, all we had to do was go out there and do it and we did. My trust and my confidence were key in me winning today, combined with all the hours of hard work."

"I was just happy to be part of it," said freshman Jackson Koivun holding his championship trophy. "It's been a whirlwind of emotions. There's a lot of awards I've collected but this one right here is definitely the biggest one."

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) congratulated the team on its championship season.

"And a job well done!" said Gov. Ivey on the social media platform X. "Congratulations, @AuburnMGolf!"

Auburn was the number one team in the country going into the championship. This is the second year in a row that they won their NCAA regional title and the fifth time in program history that Auburn has won the SEC championship.

Koivun won both the Ben Hogan Award and Fred Haskins Award, the Heisman trophy of college golf.

(Based on original reporting by Auburn's Jeff Shearer.)

 

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