Austin Eckroat joins the long list of Oklahoma State golfers to compete in the Walker Cup in Juno Beach, Florida.
Eckroat, No. 11 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, will become the 21st different OSU golfer to compete in the prestigious event when he tees off Saturday at Seminole Golf Club. Counting duplicates it will be the 27th time a Cowboy will compete in the match play event.
He is the first Cowboy since 2015 to make an appearance in the Walker Cup since Jordan Niebrugge in 2015.
“It means a lot to play for your country and being a Walker Cup player has a nice ring to it,” Eckroat said.
Eckroat is one of four Big 12 golfers that will be on the U.S. team at this year's competition. Eckroat joins No. 2 Pierceson Coody (Texas), No. 14 Cole Hammer (Texas) and No. 16 Quade Cummings (Oklahoma). Hammer, Cummings and Eckroat have competed against each other for years, and have grown in their relationship, which included taking trips to Seminole to play practice rounds.
Cummings and Eckroat each got the call from the USGA while competing against each other at the Seminole Intercollegiate in February.
“We were both pumped to get in,” Eckroat said. “The first three get in on points, outside of that it’s a pick. You think you have a good chance but it’s up to somebody else. It wouldn’t surprise me if we get paired together in at least one of the matches. It’s a really cool opportunity and we will both be pulling really heavy for each other.”
The competition falls into the end of Eckroat’s busy OSU schedule, but he welcomes the added event, and it happens to be in between the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Championship.
“I’ll be going about every week right through August,” Eckroat said. “This is going to add another event into an already hectic schedule, but it’s going to be fun.”