It was an abbreviated but stellar year for John Augenstein, and it was recognized as the best in the SEC. Auggie won the Player of the Year, making him the third Vanderbilt golfer in a row to win the award.
John Augenstein named the SEC Player of the Year, the third consecutive season a Vanderbilt player has captured the award and the first time in Commodore history a team has won three straight POY honors.https://t.co/RyQAQrWgZw#VandyGolf | #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/3Tob3eyvNs— Vanderbilt Men's Golf (@VandyMGolf) May 13, 2020
Augenstein’s Senior year included three top tens in seven events, including second and third place finishes at the Nike Golf Collegiate and Crooked Stick Collegiate. In 19 rounds, his scoring average was 69.95.
This season came on the heels of a spectacular summer that included a trip to the NCAA Finals, US Amateur Runner Up, and Walker Cup victory— for which he made the winning putt.
Augenstein was preseason All American and considered one of the best golfers in the NCAA, being placed on the Ben Hogan and Haskins Award watch lists. He finished as a Finalist for the Haskins.
It’s a shame his season was cut short because he was rounding into shape. I speculated that Augenstein might have peaked too early, but in his next tournament he shot 63. Turns out he played high level golf for nearly three months, took a rest, and then was poised to light the Spring and Championship Seasons on fire.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his spectacular hair. It’s been a point to track the flow during his time at Vanderbilt. According to his teammates, he takes great pride in his hair and will let you know about. Here’s to hoping he secures a head and shoulders deal a la Pat Mahomes.