All five Cowboy starters receive All-America honors

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Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team added three more All-Americans to its storied history on Thursday with Zach Bauchou, Kristoffer Ventura and Austin Eckroat all being recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Bauchou was tabbed as a second-team pick, while Ventura and Eckroat achieved honorable mention status. Previously, sophomore Viktor Hovland and freshman Matthew Wolff were named first-team selections. OSU now has 181 All-Americans to its credit with 59 Cowboys earning first-team status, 36 making the second team, 34 being tabbed as third-team picks and 52 honorable mention honorees.

A junior from Forest, Va., Bauchou posted six top-10 finishes on the year, including a trio of fourth-place showings and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional. He delivered a 4 & 3 victory in OSU’s NCAA semifinal win before posting a resounding 8 & 7 triumph against Alabama in the title match as well.

Ventura capped his senior campaign with three top 10s, including a tie for medalist honors at the Big 12 Championship. The Rygge, Norway native finished his collegiate career with three wins and earned honorable mention status for the second year in a row after being named a third-team All-American as a sophomore.

During his freshman campaign, Eckroat fired a closing 64 to tie for first place at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and also earned a top 10 at Arizona State’s individual tournament, tying for fourth place. He provided the deciding point in OSU’s NCAA quarterfinal win over Texas A&M and its semifinal victory against Auburn.

The five players honored by the GCAA comprised the starting lineup that produced the program’s 11th NCAA title last month at Karsten Creek.

Additionally, this year marked the first time since 1995 OSU produced five All-America selections. That season, current head coach Alan Bratton and Chris Tidland were first-team picks, while Trip Kuehne was a third-team selection and Kris Cox and Leif Westerberg were honorable mention selections.

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