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Augenstein forgoes final semester at Vandy, turns pro

November 24, 2020 | 12:05 am

Updated November 23, 2020 | 11:29 pm

Former Owensboro Catholic Ace John Augenstein announced Monday he would forgo the final semester of his senior season at Vanderbilt and turn pro.

Augenstein is fresh off of his first Masters Tournament appearance where he finished in tie for 55th after finishing +3.

Augenstein and Vanderbilt released a press release this after where coach Scott Limbaugh gave his thoughts on his now-former star.

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“First of all, I am very excited for John as he embarks on his new journey as a professional golfer,” Limbaugh said in the release. “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.”

Augenstein was the 2020 SEC Player of the Year as he’ll now take his talents to the professional level with some of the best golfers in the world.

Here is Augenstein’s letter to Commodore fans:

Dear Vandy Nation,

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.

I knew when I committed to Vanderbilt it was going to be a special four years. I was committing a great city, a prestigious university and a top program. Most importantly, I was committing to coach Limbaugh.

When I look back on my career at Vanderbilt, I won’t remember the tournaments we won or lost. I will forever remember the countless car rides to tournaments with the team and the dinner’s at coach’s house and the 6 a.m. workouts.

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.

Vanderbilt golf is made up of a family and I know that I’ll always be a part of that family. Right now it is time for me to move on. I am so energized to finally start the career I have wanted to my whole life.

I love you Vanderbilt.

There are not enough thank you’s to show how appreciative I am of my time at Vanderbilt.

Anchor Down,

John Augenstein

November 24, 2020 | 12:05 am

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