Oklahoma State Club Golf knew that just to make it to this season's NCCGA National Championship at Hot Springs Country Club, they would have to make it through one of the toughest regions in the country, The Ozark Region has a very deep, and talented, lineup that include Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and defending regional champion Tulsa.
“We came into the season just hoping that we would qualify for Nationals, that was the goal." said Camron Sartin, the Oklahoma State Club President.
The first tournament of the Spring 2017 season, OSU trailed Arkansas Tech by 6 shots after round one. The next day they rebounded with a 389 and won the tournament by 7 strokes. Matthew Sullivan and Stephen Allen led the way with identical 76-77 weekends, taking home All-Tournament Team honors.
Since trailing after Day 1 of the first tournament, the Cowboys have not looked back. They won Regional #2 by 42 shots, which included 8 Cowboys finishing T-10 or better. Sullivan tied for 1st place with a 74-72 (+2), and Club President Camron Sartin shot 74-73 (+3) to end up in solo 3rd, respectively.
“After we saw where we stood in the end of the season rankings we feel that if we all play well, [we] will have a shot in Arkansas." Sartin said. "We are going to go out, have fun and see what happens."
Oklahoma State is the only club golf team in the field to have a played a competitive tournament at Hot Springs CC: an Ozark Regional was hosted at the course in the Spring 2016. The Cowboys finished third in that tournament, shooting 400-402 for the weekend. The previous experience will be a definite advantage for the Cowboys vs the other top teams in the field.
Former club president Cole Schwab will be playing in his final club golf tournament, along with other seniors Taylor Onley, Jacob Oaks, and Jason Galante. The combination of course knowledge, a Top 5 ranking, and senior leadership make Oklahoma State one of the favorites this coming weekend in Arkansas.