The Loop

Watch a college junior drain a 100-foot-plus putt at NCAA Regionals

May 18, 2016

Talk about picking a good time to make the longest putt of your life. Wofford junior Andrew Novak faced a birdie putt of more than 100 feet on Tuesday during an NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and he responded with this improbable result:

Just look at those gigantic practice strokes Novak was making! We've seen tour pros with shorter backswings. And how about that nonchalant reaction? Talk about acting like you've been there before.

The birdie on the 18th hole at the Ol' Colony Golf Club (great name) kept Novak's hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., alive. With his Wofford team not qualifying for regionals, Novak has to be the top individual not on one of the five squads advancing to move on. The unlikely bomb certainly didn't hurt his chances.

“That’s easily the longest putt I’ve ever made. I don’t know if I’ve even attempted any putts that long before,” Novak told Golfweek. “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.”