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HIGH NOON HIGHLIGHTS (5/22): Men’s golf coach Alan Bratton is ready for NCAA Championship.

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Alan Bratton has come full circle.

Sean Fairholm of Global Golf Post published a FANTASTIC feature on Alan Bratton, the Oklahoma State men’s golf head coach.

Bratton, an OSU golf alum, is now readying to coach his team through yet another NCAA Tournament, this time on the Cowboys’ home course, Karsten Creek.

The feature goes back to Bratton’s playing days. His senior season, Bratton led his team to a regional victory in the storied playoff with Tiger Woods and Stanford. That victory was at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State Univeristy - the same place the 2018 Cowboys just claimed victory.

How good is Bratton’s team this season?

Every player on the current roster has finished either first or second in a college event. Nine players carry a stroke average of lower than than 72. By win-loss record against the rest of the country, they are 154-6-1.

The feature introduces Bratton’s painful introduction to the sport of golf, why he thanks a Texas A&M coach and more. I encourage you to give it a read.

Emma Bronze finishes 12th at NCAA Championship.

Emma Bronze was the only participant from the host school of the 2018 NCAA Golf Championships. However, that didn’t stop her from going out and making a splash.

Bronze finished her final round as a Cowgirl 1-under par thanks to a birdie on the 18th and final hole of her incredible career.

Her 4-round score of 288 ranks as the third-best score by a Cowgirl ever at the NCAA Championship.

In Broze’s four years at OSU she has earned three All-Big 12 Conference selections, placed three times within the top-25 at NCAA Regionals, recorded ten career top-10 finishes and finished with a 73.85 career stroke average, which ranks seventh all-time in Cowgirl history.

Although her team didn’t qualify for the final tournament of the season, Bronze had a successful individual performance on her home course to close out her Cowgirl career.

Cowboy football named second biggest overachiever.

Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com went through college football and ranked the five biggest “overachievers” and “underachievers” based on “NFL talent each college team has on its roster against the number of wins, Top 25 finishes and titles produced.”

Using a fancy formula, they found that the Oklahoma State Cowboys, despite their lack of Big 12 titles or national titles, are the second-most overachieving team in college football.

Since 2008, the Cowboys have a record of 96-34, and 19 OSU football alum have heard their names called at the NFL Draft. Using the formula, this puts the Cowboys 1.751 above the median score.

A program that has been particularly efficient with its talent in recent years, the Cowboys have won 10 games in four of the last five seasons but have only had two players selected in a single draft once during the same time span. In the three years that followed their 10-3 finish in 2013, OSU had just three total players drafted. Head coach Mike Gundy captured the 2011 Big 12 title despite having just five players selected in the next three NFL Drafts.

Duke blew EVERYONE out of the water, coming in with a score of 4.312 above the median. Rounding out the Top 5 are (in order): Iowa State (1.645 above), Northwestern (1.534) and Kansas State (1.384).

The five most underachieving schools are (in order): California (.751 below), Illinois (.716), North Carolina (.644), Miami (.609) and UCLA (.557).

Chris Lacy claimed by Detroit Lions.

After being cut by the New England Patriots, former Oklahoma State wide receiver Chris Lacy has found a new home in the Motor City.


Have a great Tuesday everyone!