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Georgia Cup: Jovan Rebula holds off Viktor Hovland
Jovan Rebula (L) with Coach Nick Clinard (Auburn University photo)
Jovan Rebula (L) with Coach Nick Clinard (Auburn University photo)

Auburn men's golfer Jovan Rebula captured the 22nd annual Georgia Cup with a 1-up victory over Oklahoma State's Viktor Hovland Thursday afternoon at The Golf Club of Georgia.

Rebula jumped out to a commanding lead as he won four of the opening six holes to take a 4-up lead.

Hovland cut the deficit to two by taking the final two holes on the front nine.

Rebula took advantage of a miscue by Hovland to regain a 3-up margin on the 11th hole.

However, Hovland took three of the next four holes to square the match up.

Rebula buckled down and put himself back on top on the 16th hole - a lead the junior would not relinquish on the final two holes to win the match.

With Rebula's victory, the British Amateur champions lead the overall series, 13-9, and have won seven of the last eight.

Rebula earned an exemption into the 2019 Masters following his victory in the British Amateur.

ABOUT THE Georgia Cup

Established at The Golf Club of Georgia in 1998, The Georgia Cup annually brings together the reigning United States Amateur and British Amateur Champion for an 18-hole match in advance of the Masters.

Over the years, The Georgia Cup has grown from an intimate Club event to a unique amateur championship known on both sides of the Atlantic. The event benefits the Yates Scholarships and the Moncrief Turfgrass Scholarships of the GSGA Foundation, as well as the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The Georgia Cup presents a special opportunity for galleries attending at The Golf Club of Georgia. In the spirit and intimacy of the Walker Cup matches, fans can walk with the players, unhindered by gallery ropes, enjoying a unique perspective.

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