Courtesy of okstate.com
Oklahoma States mens golf team will look to capture its 10th national title and first since 2000 when it heads to Baltimore and Caves Valley Golf Club for the NCAA Championship on June 1-4. The top-ranked Cowboys earned their record 59th consecutive berth in the event after a runner-up finish at the NCAA Central Regional. The 72-hole event gets underway on Wednesday with OSU set to tee off at 12:18 p.m. on the par-70, 7,129-yard layout. The Cowboys will begin their second round on Thursday at 7:18 a.m. OSU will be paired with Tennessee and New Mexico for both rounds.
OSU AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Oklahoma State has qualified for the NCAA Championship in each of the programs 59 years of existence, winning nine national titles, posting 15 runner-up finishes and finishing lower than fifth just 12 times. OSUs last team title came in 2000 at the Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala. The event also produced the latest of the Cowboys seven individual medalists in Charles Howell. Last year, OSU finished 13th at The Cascades Golf Course in Hot Springs, Va., marking just the eighth time the Cowboys have finished outside the top 10 at the event.
59 AND COUNTING
The Cowboys unprecedented string of 59 consecutive NCAA appearances is that much more impressive when considering the second-longest current streak is held by Arizona. The Wildcats have made 19 appearances in a row. Georgia and Georgia Tech are tied for the third-best string at eight years running. Entering this season, Clemson did have the second-longest stint at 23 consecutive before an 11th-place finish at this years NCAA East Regional.
OSU VS. THE FIELD
Over the course of the season, the Cowboys have amassed an impressive record of 186-12-0 against the nation. Of their 186 victories, OSU has posted an 84-11 mark against teams in this years field. The Cowboys have gone head-to-head with 25 of the 29 teams and will meet the quartet of Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, San Diego State and Tennessee for the first time in the final event of the year.
FOLLOWING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
For those unable to attend this years championship, coverage will be provided by The Golf Channel beginning June 2. The final three rounds of the tournament will air each day from 3-5 p.m. (ET). Brian Anderson and Curt Byrum will provide the on-air talent with Steve Burkowski handling interviews and reporting from Caves Valley. Those wishing to view up-to-date scoring can follow the event on the internet at www.golfstat.com.