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Colin Browning
Colin Browning will be a redshirt sophomore this year for the Mountaineers golf team.
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App’s Browning Wins CGA’s North Carolina Amateur Match Play

An unbeaten weekend in Wilmington gave App State’s Colin Browning the Carolina Golf Association’s North Carolina Amateur Match Play title.

Browning, who will be a third-year sophomore this fall for the Mountaineers, posted a 3-and-1 victory Sunday against Michael La Sasso in the championship match at the Country Club of Landfall.

Seeded 19th, Browning went 5-0 in the event with App State teammate Josh Buxbaum serving as his caddie. Browning recorded a 6-and-5 victory in Round 1, a 2-and-1 victory in the Round of 16, a 5-and-4 win in the quarterfinal against Nolan Mills IV and a 2-and-1 semifinal victory against Carson Ownbey.

“I hit the ball really well, and my short game was very good,” Browning said. “My short game freed me up this tournament. I could play aggressive tee to green.”

Browning won the second and fourth holes Sunday morning against La Sasso, a rising freshman at NC State, to claim a quick 2-up lead in the championship match. La Sasso pulled even at the turn and, after both players birdied the 10th hole, Browning won four of the next seven holes to clinch the victory.

A birdie on hole No. 11, followed by a win at hole No. 12, pushed Browning to a 2-up advantage. La Sasso came back to win hole No. 13 with a birdie, but Browning nearly aced the par-3 15th hole before closing out the match with another birdie at No. 17.

“Today’s match was pretty crazy,” Browning said. “Michael and I were both playing well — we tied a good amount of holes with birdies, so it was a very good match. I made a good putt on 11, had a good win on 12 and tried to keep the hammer down. He made a great putt on 13 to make it 1 up for me. When I about made a hole-in-one on 15, that pretty much sealed it.”

Unofficially, Browning totaled 26 strokes on the first eight holes of the back nine and 62 total strokes over 17 holes. By his side was Buxbaum, who will be a redshirt freshman at App State this fall.

“Josh was great on the bag,” Browning said. “He kept me loose, and we had a lot of fun out there. He gave me confidence on the greens, which helped me a lot.”