Former Walk-On Wins NCAA Championship With Clutch Putt In Sudden Death

Winning the NCAA Individual Championship has been a solid precursor to success at the next level and Augusta University’s Broc Everett now has a lot to live up to. The left-handed former walk-on poured in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Auburn University’s Brandon Mancheno at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

 

Relatively unheralded coming into college, Everett red-shirted his freshman year at the urging of his coach, Jack O’Keefe. 

“Came in, didn’t have much of a junior resume obviously. Didn’t really have much of a game, as coach can tell you, at the beginning of my time here,” Everett said. “I really just took cues from everybody else around me that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet at Augusta, honestly, and that’s been a big part. Everybody around me at Augusta, it’s such a good team atmosphere over there. Just grinding every day, I mean, just incrementally getting better. That’s all it was.”

 

Despite his solid improvement, Everett had never won a college tournament prior to the individual championship. A four-sport athlete in high school, Everett didn’t get seriously into golf until later in life. After taking his redshirt and working with his coach to improve his wedge game, Everett has reached the pinnacle of collegiate golf. 

He joins the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Wise as NCAA individual champions in recent years. DeChambeau and Wise both won on the PGA Tour in the few years that followed their titles. Everett will hope to join them on Tour as well. He will begin his professional journey on the Mackenzie Tour this summer.

 

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