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High Noon Highlights(6/13): Austin Eckroat ready for U.S. Open, Softball earns Regional Coaching Staff of the Year

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Austin Eckroat living out a dream:

Oklahoman sports intern Hallie Hart wrote a wonder feature on Austin Eckroat and his journey to fulfilling a childhood dream. He will be among the professional golfers he grew up admiring when competes at the U.S. Open this weekend.

Eckroat saw his golf inspirations, particularly Tiger Woods, compete on courses from New York to California. That fueled Eckroat’s aspirations to become a professional, too.

This year, when those famous golfers play on Pebble Beach’s picturesque oceanside course, he can’t sit back and watch them. Eckroat, who recently finished his sophomore year on the Oklahoma State men’s golf team, is preparing to compete as an amateur in the U.S. Open for the first time.

He will tee off at 3:03 p.m. Thursday.

Growing up in Edmond, Eckroat was immersed in the golf world. {The Oklahoman}

Oklahoma State Softball honored as Regional Coaching Staff of the Year:

After an incredible season by coach Kenny Gajewski and his team, the coaching staff has won the Midwest region coaching staff of the year.

Oklahoma State is the Midwest region coaching staff of the year. Head coach Kenny Gajewski and his staff earned the Cowgirls’ first WCWS berth since 2011 and eighth in program history. OSU had the most victories since the 1994 squad won 46 and finished sixth in the final national rankings, which is the highest ranking for the team since 1998.{Big 12}

More Samantha Show because why not?:

Samantha Show has been a busy woman this off season doing a ton of media appearances. In her most recent appearance she went on in the circle. She talked about her decision to play for Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, her bat flips and the season. The interview starts at around 3:40.

Around the Big 12:

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Big 12 commissioner on transfers

Around sports:

The Blues have won the Stanley Cup

Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight

MLB division races

Song of the Day:

As much as this pains me because they beat out my Stars it can only be one thing today.