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Eckroat sets tone, U.S wins Walker Cup

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Austin Eckroat

Austin Eckroat will be the next in the long list of Cowboys to play in the Walker Cup.

Cole Hammer needed to sink one more putt at Seminole Golf Club.

Hammer stepped onto the 15th green with a three up lead. Winning the hole would mean a match win for him, and a Walker Cup win for Team USA. He sank a birdie putt to win the hole, and with the match point toward the U.S tally. They captured their second straight Walker Cup win 14-12.

Hammer was used to the pressure-filled moment, as he needed one final putt on the final hole in the Big 12 Championship on April 28.

Hammer was one of three Big 12 golfers in the event and he finished 3-0-1 to add to his impressive 2021 season.

Austin Eckroat represented Oklahoma State at the Walker Cup, and he performed when he was called on. Eckroat played in three of the four events during the weekend. He went 2-1, winning both singles matches after losing his first foursomes match. He was paired with Oklahoma’s Quade Cummings.

The final match on Sunday was the most important. Eckroat was tasked with being the first match on the course for Sunday afternoon singles. He was faced with Mark Power of Team Great Britain and Ireland. Power was undefeated prior to his face off with Eckroat.

Eckroat jumped out to an early lead, and never turned back. He was three up after four holes, and four up after the front nine. Eckroat won the next three holes, and with a win on the par-4 12th hole the match was over, and Eckroat won 7-and-6.

Nine of 11 golfers for the U.S. team contributed to the point total for the U.S. The U.S’. record in the Walker Cup moves to 38-9-1 in the history of the Walker Cup.

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