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Q&A: Catching up with former Cowboy Matthew Wolff

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Oklahoma State golfer Mattew Wolff accepts the Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award during the first Cowboy Choice Awards at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Monday, April 22. 

Golf has taken former OSU Cowboy Matthew Wolff a long way from Stillwater.

Wolff has been to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia and Winged Foot in New York. This week on his grind of professional golf, Wolff was in Memphis for the St. Jude Fedex Invitational, where the O’colly caught up with him in an exclusive interview.

Q: What’s the biggest way you’ve grown since leaving Stillwater?

A: “I think just being a little more independent. I think when it comes to college, everything is taken care of for you and your coaches do everything for you. (Now I have my) own schedule and (am) sticking to that. It’s hard when you’re out here alone…In that aspect, I have to take care of everything I have to take care of off the course.

As well as that, these guys are really good out here (on the PGA Tour) and it’s a lot harder competition and knowing that not every week is going to be your week and just going out there and working your butt off.”

Q: I see the Pistol Pete on your golf bag, what does it mean to represent the OSU brand as a professional?

A: “Oklahoma State, it’s like family. As soon as you go there, you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself and in that Oklahoma State family. I think that’s what a lot of people, Cowboys, take a lot of pride in is having that OSU pride of going to that school. For me that’s a really big thing and I don’t know if I’d be where I am today without Oklahoma State golf and the coaches, coach Alan Bratton and coach (Donnie) Darr and everyone at the school. I definitely think that I owe it to them to let everyone know out there that Oklahoma State is probably the best spot in the world in my opinion.”

Q: What do you miss most about it?

A: “Ahh, (keeping it) PG, probably just the comradery of everyone, working out in the morning with the team, going to practice with the team, eating lunch, going out and seeing everybody on campus and going to Eskimo Joes and other places like that. I just feel like it’s such a small knit and tight community, but its awesome because everyone is so friendly there and everyone wants the best for each other. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone is rooting for each other there and it’s a cool feeling.”

Q: What do you want to say to Cowboy fans who now flip on their televisions to the PGA Tour to support guys like you and (former Cowboy) Viktor Hovland?

A: “I say just keep on supporting the Cowboys. We’ve had a lot of great history of professional athletes and people that affect the world in a positive way and as much support as we can get makes us feel good. And like I said, we’re all a family so might as well stick together.”

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