Cowboys complete signing class of five with “big potential”

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STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf program has announced the addition of five standouts with Collin Bond, Parker Bunn, Brady Catalano, Filip Fahlberg-Johnsson and Grant Gudgel all signing National Letters of Intent to join Cowboy head coach Alan Bratton’s squad.

“This is a class of winners. We have added five great families to our program,” Bratton said. “It is a big class with big potential.”

Collin Bond · Norman, Oklahoma (Community Christian)

“Collin is a super athlete. He comes from a family of athletes and winners. He is a hard worker and has a high ceiling. It is great to add another state champion from the state of Oklahoma to our program,” Bratton said.

As a junior, Bond won the Oklahoma Class 2A state title with a 19-under total of 197 which included scores of 67, 63 and 67 for a 12-shot victory. His total helped Community Christian to a 26-shot victory in the team race as well.

This past year, Bond won the AJGA’s Payne Stewart Junior Championship with scores of 70, 65 and 70. He also tied for third place at the Imperial Junior Classic and registered a top 10 at the Talor Gooch Foundation Junior Championship where he tied for eighth place.

Parker Bunn · Ogden, Utah (Bonneville)

“Parker is a big kid with lots of speed. He is also not afraid to keep the hammer down when he gets it going so he shoots a lot of low numbers. He is a good putter, a hard worker and has just started to scratch the surface of his potential,” Bratton said.

A two-time UJGA Player of the Year, Bunn captured the Utah Class 5A state title this past fall. He also registered victories at the Mountainland Junior and the Optimist Qualifying after closing with a final-round 66. He also posted a closing 62 in September to capture his third consecutive Region 5 individual title.

Bunn captured the 2022 Utah Junior Open title after firing rounds of 64, 69 and 68.

Brady Catalano · Upper Arlington, Ohio (Upper Arlington)

“Brady comes from a golf family. He’s got a wonderful golf swing and is driven to succeed. He is coming off a successful summer that saw him in contention nearly every week,” Bratton said.

This past year, Catalano earned a pair of top-five finishes in five AJGA starts, tying for second place at the UHY Detroit Junior with scores of 72, 69 and 67. He also tied for fifth place at the Circle K Junior Championship. He would post rounds of 69 and 68 to win the 2023 Ohio Golf Association’s Ohio Junior Championship.

As a junior, Catalano was named the OCC-Central Player of the Year and won the 2022 Marathon Petroleum Preview at Findlay in his first AJGA appearance.

Filip Fahlberg-Johnsson · Lidingo, Sweden (Hersby Gymnasium)

“Filip is a polished player with a nice track record competing all over Europe. He is big, strong and athletic. Filip is a very good ball striker and should make an immediate impact when he arrives,” Bratton said.

Fahlberg-Johnsson was victorious at the Swedish Golf Federation’s Grand Opening in 2023 with rounds of 70, 68 and 68. He also won the 2022 Edge Golf Championships 3 in Portugal.

In addition to competing for the European team at the Jacques Leglise Trophy, Fahlberg-Johnsson helped Sweden capture the 2023 European Boys’ Team Championship. He also helped Sweden to the Bronze medal at the 2022 Toyota Junior World Cup.

Grant Gudgel · Stillwater, Oklahoma (Stillwater)

“Grant has been a Cowboy his whole life. Our 2024 class was always going to start with him. We have watched him grow up here in Stillwater and know he is everything we look for in a player. He is a leader and his competitiveness is infectious. Grant is a perfect fit for our program,” Bratton said.

In 2022, Gudgel earned honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America status and captured the Oklahoma Class 6A individual state title. Gudgel’s 2021 campaign was highlighted by his victory at the OGA Junior Championship.

In addition to five AJGA top-five showings, including a tie for third at the 2023 Talor Gooch Foundation Junior Championship, Gudgel tied for 21st place at the 2023 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup to help the American side to a third-place finish.

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