ORU signs three golfers for 2015, including Cody Burrows of Chickasha

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TULSA, Okla.  – The Oral Roberts University men’s golf staff has announced the signing of three golfers who will join the Golden Eagles next season. The group includes transfer Austin McCulloch, Cody Burrows from Chickasha, and Josh Montgomery from Ontario, Canada.

McCulloch will transfer to ORU from Western Texas College. A mechanical engineering major, McCulloch is in his second year with the Westerners, where he plays for coach Christi Williams. During the fall season, McCulloch had a 74.98 scoring average and finished eighth at the New Mexico Championship posting a pair of even-par rounds during the tournament. He currently ranks 57th in the nation and plays for a nationally-ranked Western Texas squad. Originally from Alexandria, Minn., in addition to playing golf and leading his team to a conference championship as a junior, McCulloch was also a swimmer and soccer player at Jefferson Senior HS. His play earned him all-conference honors.

“Austin should exceed all expectations,” said coach Lance Watson. “He is tall and strong with two years of experience under his belt as well as training at a top-class facility as a junior; Austin is expecting to come in and play hard from day one.”

Burrows is in his senior year at Chickasha, where he helped the Fighting Chicks to a Suburban Conference Championship in 2012 and a 5A West Regional Championship as a sophomore. Ranked seventh in his class and 10th overall for the state of Oklahoma according to Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, he is a three-time team captain and a three-year state qualifier. Burrows is a two-time all-conference selection and was a 2014 OJGT Tour All-Star.

“I feel like Cody is one of the best Oklahoma golfers that we have had in the last few years,” said Watson. “He has a big frame and solid fundamentals and will make us a better program.”

Currently a senior at Westmount Secondary School in Ancaster, Ontario, Montgomery was the 2014 city champion, and shot 66-67 to win the MJT Players Championship in 2014. The 10th ranked junior in Canada according to Golf Canada and 217th in the class of 2015 according to Golfweek, he was the runner-up at the Mizuno National Championship. A two-time golf MVP, Montgomery also earned a spot on Team Canada for the CJGA. In addition to his golf success, Montgomery played junior hockey, was a varsity tennis player, competed internationally in floorball and also played volleyball.

“Josh is one of the strongest players in Canada and we are excited to be able to help him develop his immense talent,” said Watson. “He is strong and has a powerful swing with a great ball flight. He is a high impact player.”

While the three new additions will join the team next year, the current Golden Eagles will take to the course February 9-10 at the Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah, to start the spring season.

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