Record five Sooners earn PING All-Region honors

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NORMAN – A nation-leading and school-record five Oklahoma men’s golfers earned PING All-Region honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.

Stephen Campbell Jr., Ryder Cowan, Drew Goodman, Luke Kluver and Ben Lorenz all received spots on the All-Central Region team, which is the precursor to PING All-America honors. The five Sooners honored match the 2021 Oklahoma team for the most All-Region golfers in program history and are tied with Vanderbilt for the most in the country this season.

Over the last six seasons, Oklahoma has produced 25 All-Region honorees, the most in the region.

Campbell Jr. played in 10 events (31 rounds) for the Sooners in 2023-24, producing a scoring average of 70.68 and a team-low -0.74 score vs. par on the season, good for eighth all-time at Oklahoma. A T6 finish at the Valspar Collegiate was his best of the year, but the Richmond, Texas, product posted four top-10 finishes and six top-20s.

True freshman Ryder Cowan’s selection to the team marks the third straight year that an Oklahoma freshman earned All-Region honors (Goodman in 2022, Jase Summy in 2023). Cowan played 35 rounds in 11 events, totaling a 71.69 (0.20) stroke average on the season. A fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship earned him Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors.

Drew Goodman is now a three-time All-Region honoree. The Norman, Okla., product played in 41 rounds for OU this season across 13 tournaments. His scoring average of 71.32 (-0.10) made him the first Sooner in program history to produce three consecutive seasons of under-par golf while playing in more than 10 events each year. Goodman’s campaign was highlighted by four top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place finish at the Ben Hogan Collegiate. The rising senior will enter next season as Oklahoma’s school record holder for career scoring average (70.89) and score vs. par (-0.45).

Luke Kluver’s nod to the All-Region team is the second of his career but the first as a Sooner as he earned a spot on the All-Central Team in 2021 while at Kansas. In his final college season, Kluver produced his best year yet, boasting a scoring average of 71.54 (0.18) and earning a spot on the final Haskins Award Watch List last fall. With a pair of top-five finishes, highlighted by a win at the Ka’anapali Classic, the Norfolk, Neb., native ended his career with 12 top 10s, 13 top-20 finishes and 32 rounds in the 60s.

Ben Lorenz wraps his Sooner career with a second All-Region honor. An All-American last season, Lorenz played 40 rounds in his final season as a Sooner, earning seven top-20 finishes, along with three top-fives and two victories. One of the nation’s best golfers over the last two seasons, the Peoria, Ariz., product ends his college career with the eighth-best scoring average vs. par (0.28) in OU history, and his three career wins rank fourth all-time at Oklahoma. Lorenz finished 13th in the final PGA TOUR U rankings, earning fully exempt PGA TOUR Americas membership for the rest of the season.

Oklahoma finished ninth at the NCAA Championships this week, the program’s seventh top-10 national finish in the last eight years and 21st all-time.

PING All-America honors will be announced in early June.

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