College Golfer Drains 100-Foot Birdie Putt in NCAA Championship

May 18, 2016

Andrew Novak was worried about putting his birdie attempt into the water. Instead, he curled in a 100-foot putt on the biggest stage in college golf.

It was the second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, held this year at Ol’ Colony Golf Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Novak, a junior at Wofford College in South Carolina, was on the 18th green playing his ninth hole of the day. He took two practice swings with his putter, then gave his ball a whack. It rolled and rolled, then rolled some more, before hitting the back of the cup and dropping into the hole for a birdie.

“That’s easily the longest putt I’ve ever made,” Novak said. “I don’t know if I’ve even attempted any putts that long before. It was every bit of 100 feet. There was water back behind the hole and I was actually worried about putting into the water. But I picked a line and hit it and it went in. It was luck, really, but it worked out.”

Novak’s coach was just as surprised — and impressed.

“That’s the longest putt I’ve ever seen in my life, I promise you,” Vic Lipscomb said. “I stood up there and tended the pin. I was just hoping he could keep it on the green and it went in the hole.”

Novak finished with a second-round 72 to go along with an opening 73. He’s currently 1-over for the tournament, good enough for 14th place entering the final round.