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Mike McGraw

Since joining the Oklahoma State Cowboys program before the 2005-2006 season, Head mens golf coach Mike McGraw has hit the ground running. The story of the Cowboys 2006-2007 season reads more like Hollywood folklore than reality. The Cowboys captured three team titles, including the schools fifth Big 12 crown, and McGraw produced his second Big 12 Player of the Year in Pablo Martin. McGraw also was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading the program to its 50th conference championship. The Cowboys went on to win the NCAA Championship at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore. The season ended with McGraw being named National Coach of the Year.


 


 
No. 5
Cedar Ridge Country Club
Cedar Ridge Country Club
Broken Arrow, Okla.
 
Year opened: 1969
Course type: Private
Architect: Joseph S. Finger
Website: www.cedarridgecountryclub.com
 
McGraws take: A mostly underrated venue, this course offers challenges from start to finish. Always in impeccable condition and very tough greens.
 
No. 4
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, Okla.
 
Year opened: 1994
Course type: Public
Price: $300
Architect: Tom Fazio
Website: www.karstencreek.net
 
McGraws take: A tough course any day you play it. At more than 7,400 yards, length plays a factor. The greens are usually slick with a great deal of slope. This Tom Fazio design has generous fairways, however, failure to find them spells disaster.
 
No. 3
Golf Club of Oklahoma
Golf Club of Oklahoma
Broken Arrow, Okla.
 
Year opened: 1984
Course type: Private
Architect: Tom Fazio
Website: http://www.golfcluboklahoma.com
 
McGraws take: A beautiful piece of land with lots of trees and native areas as well. The finishing holes are something to behold.
 

No. 2
Oak Tree Golf Club
Oak Tree Golf Club
Edmond, Okla.
 
Year opened: 1976
Course type: Private
Architect: Pete Dye
Website: www.oaktreegolfclub.com
 
McGraws take: One of Pete Dye's early designs. Good mixture of long and short holes and with the typical Oklahoma wind, this can become a monster. The two par five's on the front nine are as good as it gets.
 

No. 1
Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills Country Club
Tulsa, Okla.
 
Year opened: 1936
Course type: Private
Architect: Perry Maxwell
Website: www.southernhillscc.org
 
McGraws take: Classic parkland course. Despite advances in technology, this course remains a stern test. Very slick, bent greens can be mind-boggling.
 

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