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High Noon Highlights(5/8): How Karsten Creek came to be

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Karsten Creek took some time:

Oklahoma State Men’s Golf/ WBB SID Ryan Cameron wrote another fantastic piece for Posse Magazine. It’s the story of how Karsten Creek became OSU Men’s Golf’s home.

“Coach Harris built Lakeside, and I thought maybe we could build a championship version of it someplace. That is where the idea came from. It just took me 20 to 21 years to find the place,” Holder said.

The location revealed itself in the late 1980s following a golf outing in Oklahoma City with OSU track and field coach Ralph Tate, athletics director Dick Young and Wiley T. McCollum. Holder had learned of a place across the highway from Lake Carl Blackwell known as Ham’s Lake, a locale of which, he learned on the ride home, Tate was very familiar.

A frequent fishing spot for Tate, he detoured the foursome’s return to Stillwater and arranged a boat tour of the lake, which confirmed Holder’s suspicion. He had discovered the future home of his golf sanctuary.

“As luck would have it, the university owned about three-fourths of the section and Lawrence Ham owned the northeast quarter. If we could buy that we could develop it and use the lot sales to help fund it. So that was the start. Dr. McCollum, who we played golf with that day, ended up being the guy that ended up buying the land for us,” Holder said. {Posse Magazine}

Vivian Gray’s journey:

Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball stand out Vivian Gray got the chance to chat with the NCAA digital team to talk about how she ended up at OSU, playing with her sister and more.

Catching up with Austin Eckroat:

KOCO’s Carson Cunningham got the chance to chat with OSU golf’s Austin Eckroat to catch up on his life in quarantine, Eckroat informed Cunningham he will return to OSU for his senior season.

Oklahoma State softball picked to have been WCWS bound:

Softball America had OSU in their list of teams that could have played in the WCWS if it had happened.

In 2019, Oklahoma State rode the train to OKC conducted by Texas A&M transfer Samantha Show. It appeared 2020 was writing a similar story for the Cowgirls. This shortened season had senior transfers Alysen Febrey (Georgia) and Carrie Eberle (Virginia Tech) leading the way. Febrey set her career-high in home runs in just 24 games and Eberle, the 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, had a sub-one ERA. Add in the bats of Sydney Pennington and Kiley Naomi, and Oklahoma State had one of the most potent offenses in the country. {Softball America}

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