Beginning in 1947, the Oklahoma State Men's Golf program can
be consistently described with one word: success. The Cowboy
Golf program has accumulated ten NCAA national championships
and 16 runner-up finishes. OSU has made the NCAA
Championship field a record 64 times in a row, and has
finished lower than fifth on only 14 occasions. OSU players
have captured 8 individual national championships, 13 player of the year distinctions, and 160
Oklahoma State Golf History
For the last 64 years, the Oklahoma State men's golf program has
continuously been an example of excellence both on and off the golf
course. The tradition of excellence established by the school is
among the nation's best. The consistency of its outstanding
performance is a tribute to the school's first three coaches and its
long list of outstanding players.
With only three coaches in its 64-year history, the Oklahoma State
program has been able to consistently maintain its high level of
success. From 1947 to '73, the program was in the hands of the
legendary Labron Harris, who passed away on August 14, 1995, at the
age of 86. From 1973-2005, Mike Holder, who played for Harris, was
at the helm before turning the reins of one of collegiate sport's
elite programs over to first-year head coach Mike McGraw for the
How much stability and production has the program had? Well,
Oklahoma State is the only school to have competed in each of the
last 64 NCAA Championships. During these 64 consecutive appearances
at the national tournament, OSU has produced an amazing record.
The Cowboys have claimed 10 national team championships, including
the 2006 title. OSU has posted 16 runner-up finishes and finished
among the top five 50 times and in the top 10 on 54 occasions during
those 64 years. In addition, OSU has produced eight NCAA individual
In 1958, Ab Justice became OSU's first official All-American, and in
the last 53 years, OSU players have earned All-America mention 160
times, including 54 first-team selections. Since the golf coaches
started naming academic All-America teams in 1984, Cowboys have
earned that honor on 27 occasions.
Cowboy golfers have earned national honors on a regular basis. Nine
players have been named the top collegiate golfer in the country
during a particular season including Lindy Miller (1978), Bob Tway
(1981), Willie Wood (1982), Scott Verplank (1986), Alan Bratton
(1994), Charles Howell (2000), Hunter Mahan (2003), Pablo Martin
(2006) and Rickie Fowler (2008). Four Cowboys have earned first-team
All-America honors three times including Miller, Tway, Verplank and
Four others have earned the prestigious Ben Hogan Award. Wentworth
claimed the award in 1990, Trip Kuehne was the recipient in 1995,
Hunter Mahan in 2003 and Rickie Fowler was the latest honoree in
2008. Zack Robinson was named the winner of the Byron Nelson Award
Over the years, Oklahoma State has always been among the nation's
top teams. While dual play was in fashion during the Labron Harris
years, tournament play took over in the 1970s. Since 1974 when Mike
Holder became head coach, OSU's tournament success has become
The Cowboys have entered 514 tournaments during the past 37 years
and have won 201 times for an unbelievable 39.1 winning percentage.
OSU has also managed 117 runner-up finishes, meaning the Cowboys
have been first or second in 62 percent of the tournaments they have
Notable players that competed for OSU during the Harris years
include Earl Moeller, Ab Justice, Bob Dickson, Danny Edwards, George
Hixon and Mark Hayes. Holder era standouts include Lindy Miller, Bob
Tway, Scott Verplank, Kevin Wentworth, David Edwards, Willie Wood,
Brian Watts, Michael Bradley, Alan Bratton, Chris Tidland, Charles
Howell, Hunter Mahan and Bo Van Pelt.
And now with the outstanding golf course, Karsten Creek, and all its
exceptional practice facilities available to members of the OSU golf
teams, the tradition established in the first 64 years should
continue into the next half century for Cowboy Golf.
The OSU Tradition
- Only school to compete in each of the last 64 NCAA
Championships winning 10 national titles and finishing lower
than fifth just 14 times.
- Owns 54 conference titles, including 36 of 39 Big Eight
championships. OSU also lays claim to 45 individual conference
- Boasts 160 All-Americans, including at least one first-team
All-American in 40 of the last 53 years.
- Has produced eight NCAA individual championships, including
Earl Moeller (1953), Grier Jones (1968), David Edwards (1978),
Scott Verplank (1986), Brian Watts (1987), E.J. Pfister (1988),
Charles Howell (2000) and Jonathan Moore (2006).
- Has produced nine National Players of the Year in Lindy
Miller (1978) Bob Tway (1981), Willie Wood (1982), Scott
Verplank (1986), and Alan Bratton (1994 co-winner), Charles
Howell (2000), Hunter Mahan (2003) and Pablo Martin (2006) and
Rickie Fowler (2008).
- Has produced 27 Academic All-Americans since honors started
- Boasts seven student-athletes who earned first-team Athletic
and Academic All-American honors.
- Has been under the direction of only three coaches as Labron
Harris coached from 1947 to '73, Mike Holder led the program
from 1947 through 2005 before Mike McGraw took over during the
fall of 2005.
Labron Harris and Mike
Holder pose in 1987 with several of the championship
trophies their program had captured.
The First 64 Years
- In 1947, when OSU first fielded a golf team that would win
the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and finish fifth at
the NCAA Championship in its inaugural season. Former head coach
Mike Holder was still a year away from being born.
- In 1953, OSU's Earl Moeller won the individual national
- In 1958, OSU joined the Big Eight Conference, winning the
team title in its first year in the league and then finishing
second at the NCAA Championship, then its highest finish at the
- In 1963, OSU claimed its first NCAA team title, edging
Houston by one shot. George Hixon was the NCAA individual
runner-up by one stroke.
- In 1968, Grier Jones joined Moeller as NCAA individual
champions from OSU.
- July 1973, Mike Holder hired as Head Coach.
- In 1975, OSU started a stretch where it finished first or
second at the NCAA Championship in 13 of 14 years.
- In 1978, David Edwards claimed the NCAA individual title as
the Cowboys won NCAA team championship number 3.
- In 1986, OSU started a three-year string that saw a Cowboy
win the NCAA individual championship each spring. Scott Verplank
in 1986, Brian Watts in 1987 and E.J. Pfisher in 1988.
- In 1991, OSU won NCAA team championship number seven.
- Karsten Creek opens in May 1994.
- In 1995, OSU won NCAA team championships number eight and
for the second consecutive year boasted the individual runner-up
at the meet as Alan Bratton was second in 1994 and Chris Tidland
finished runner-up in 1995.
- In 1996, OSU celebrated in 50th year of collegiate golf
excellence as arguably the nation's premier program.
- In 2000, OSU won NCAA Team Championship number nine in a
playoff over Georgia Tech. Charles Howell, fueled by a
record-breaking performance, became OSU's seventh individual
- In 2005, Oklahoma State became the first team to capture
four Big 12 Championships. Four months later Mike McGraw is
hired as Oklahoma State's third Head Coach.
- In 2006, OSU continued its record streak of competing in
every NCAA Championship for the last 60 years and captured its
10th NCAA title.
- In 2007, the Cowboys captured their 50th conference
championship, a national record.
- OSU's second-place finish at the NCAA Championship in 2010
marked the 50th top-five showing in the program's history.
Charles Howell ran away with medalist honors,
and helped Oklahoma State defeat Georgia Tech in a playoff
to capture the 2000 NCAA team national championship.