Two more Cowboys, three Sooners earn All-America honors

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NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team added to its list of All-Americans on Thursday with Austin Eckroat garnering third-team status and Zach Bauchou earning honorable mention recognition it was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The duo joins former Cowboys Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, who were both named first-team selections last month. Hovland and Wolff both made their professional debuts today at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

Overall, the Cowboys have now had 185 selections in program history.

Eckroat, who was an honorable mention pick a year ago, was honored once again after putting together a campaign that saw him tally six top 10s. The rising junior was victorious at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and posted top 10s at both the NCAA Louisville Regional and the NCAA Championship.

A senior for last year’s squad, Bauchou was honored for the third time in his career. In 2018-19, the Forest, Va., native had three top 10s, tying for 10th place at the Fighting Illini Invitational, posting a runner-up finish at the Amer Ari Invitational and closing his career with an eighth-place showing at the NCAA Championship.

University of Oklahoma men’s golfers Quade Cummins, Garett Reband and Patrick Welch have been selected as Division I PING All-Americans, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Thursday.

OU’s three selections marks the fourth time in last five seasons that multiple Sooners have been named All-Americans. Cummins, Reband and Welch all earned honorable mention accolades.

The Sooners now have 63 All-Americans in program history. The trio joins Abraham Ancer (2011, honorable mention), Will Kropp (2012, honorable mention,), Michael Gellerman (2015, third team), Max McGreevy (2016, third team; 2017, honorable mention), Grant Hirschman (2016, 2017, 2018; honorable mention), Brad Dalke (2017, honorable mention; 2018 second team) and Blaine Hale (2017 and 2018, honorable mention) as the 10 student-athletes to earn All-America status under 10th-year head coach Ryan Hybl.

All three players were a key part of OU’s run to the NCAA Championship match play quarterfinals, while helping the Sooners to three team wins and 10 top-3 finishes during the 2018-19 season.
Cummins finished the year with a 70.67 stroke average, which is tied for the second-best mark in OU single-season history. The redshirt junior recorded five top-10 finishes in 11 team events, while finishing with 12 rounds in the 60s. This marked the second straight season Cummins was named an All-American by the GCAA.

Reband posted the best stroke average of his career during the 2018-19 season, and is tied for second in OU single-season history at 70.67. Reband recorded four top-10 and seven top-20 finishes during his junior year. The Fort Worth, Texas, native also picked up 10 rounds in the 60s.

Welch was OU’s top finisher at the 2019 NCAA Championships, tying for 11th place. The freshman recorded a 70.93 stroke average during the year and finished in the top-20 on five different occasions.


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