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Augenstein joins Ogletree in turning pro after Masters

Field Level Media
24 Nov 2020, 13:55 GMT+10

The two amateurs who made the cut at the Masters earlier this month are now both pro golfers.

John Augenstein made his announcement Monday, three days after Andy Ogletree turned pro.

Augenstein, who tied for 55th in Augusta, Ga., is leaving Vanderbilt as a fifth-year senior after winning Southeastern Conference player of the year honors last season. He was a 2019 U.S. Amateur finalist, losing 2 and 1 to Ogletree in the 36-hole title match.

Augenstein wrote in a letter posted on the Vanderbilt athletics website, "I committed to head coach Scott Limbaugh and Vanderbilt when I was 16 years old while sitting in our facility at Vanderbilt Legends Club. It has been a little more than six years now since my commitment that day.

"Today, November 23, I have decided it is time for my story at Vanderbilt to end. I will begin my professional golf career moving forward.

"The bonds and friendships I have established at Vanderbilt are ones I will have the rest of my life. To all of my teammates and coaches, thank you for everything.

"I could not be more fortunate to have attended Vanderbilt for the last four and a half years. Vandy Nation has supported the team and myself from the very start."

Augenstein, 23, also competed as an amateur at the U.S. Open in September, missing the cut at 9-over-par 149 after shooting 74-75 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. At the Masters, he shot 3-over-par 291, with his highlight being a 3-under 69 in the opening round.

Limbaugh said in a statement: "First of all, I am very excited for John as he embarks on his new journey as a professional golfer. John's decision did not catch any of us by surprise. As he has been throughout his career, he was very transparent with all of us from the beginning that this could be a possibility. John is physically and mentally ready and prepared to start this new chapter in his life."

Ogletree, 22, exited Georgia Tech shortly after he tied with Bryson DeChambeau, among others, for 34th at the Masters. He was the low amateur at 2-under 286 following consistent rounds of 73-70-71-72. Ogletree shot 8-over 148 while missing the cut at the U.S. Open.

--Field Level Media

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