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Cowboy golf schedule headlined by trip to East Lake Cup

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Bo Jin

Oklahoma State’s historic men’s golf program is preparing for its 2021 season, and their path to a potential 12th national championship.

The Cowboys will begin their journey Sept. 3-5 at the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach. The tournament will be the first of 12 on the docket for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys will then take a nearly two week break before heading to Illinois for the Fighting Illini Invitational, Sept. 17-19. The field welcomes 15 of the premier teams in the nation including defending NCAA champion Pepperdine and NCAA semifinalist Arizona State.

Next up for the Cowboys will be another challenge as they head to Ft. Worth to play the Colonial Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 4-5. Colonial Country Club is also home to the Charles Schwab Challenge on the PGA Tour, providing yet another test early in the Cowboys fall slate.

The Cowboys then shift gears from traditional stroke play events to the Big 12 Match Play at Houston Oaks on Oct. 11-13. The Cowboys finished second in the event last season.

The Cowboys then turn to the East Lake Cup, the Cowboys final event on its fall docket. The Cowboys will be joined by Pepperdine, Arizona State and Oklahoma in the event.

The Cowboys jump back into the heart of their schedule on Feb. 3-5 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waimea, Hawaii. The Cowboys last competed in 2019-20 season, where they finished fourth in a 20-team field. The Cowboys have won the event seven times in its history.

Then the Cowboys will play in the Gators Invitational hosted by the Florida Gators. The event will be held Feb. 12-13 at Mark Bostick Golf Course. Florida won the tournament in 2020 after posting a final round team score 265 to beat Georgia and Auburn by 5 shots.

A few weeks later the Cowboys will compete in the Cabo Collegiate Feb. 27- March 1. The Cowboys placed sixth in 2020 with a team score of 878, 18 shots behind the winner, Oklahoma.

Next up, the Cowboys will head to Tucson, Arizona March 18-19 to compete in the N.I.T where they won in 2020. The win was a 47-under par showing and secured coach Alan Bratton’s 33rd win as head coach. Cowboy Eugenio Chacarra finished second individually. Big 12 foe’s Oklahoma and Texas finished second and third, respectively.

The Cowboys will then head to Augusta, Georgia for the Haskins Award Invitational April 2-3. The tournament will be hosted by Augusta University and include defending national champions, Pepperdine. The Cowboys won the tournament in 2020 without All-American Austin Eckroat with a final round 270 (18-under) to claim their second straight win.

The final regular season tournament for the Cowboys will have them showcase their talents back in Arizona at the ASU/Thunderbird Collegiate Tournament on April 15-16 in Phoenix. OSU finished third overall in 2020 with an 823 (29-under) team score which was behind host Arizona State who shot 822 (30-under) and champion TCU who fired an 818 (34-under).

The Cowboys will start their postseason play at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas on April 25-27. OSU claimed their fourth victory at the Big 12 Championship in 2020 and their 11th Big 12 title in program history. Freshman Bo Jin finished second individually with a 3-under 277.

The NCAA regional is scheduled for May 17-18 with the location TBD.

The NCAA Championship is set for May 27 - June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. It is the same course as the 2020 National Championship where OSU qualified for match play before falling to eventual national champions, Pepperdine.