Casie Cathrea has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma State. Cathrea, who attends Venture High School in San Ramon, Calif., also made unofficial visits to Arizona State and Texas (where she verbally committed before visiting Oklahoma State), and considered UCLA and USC.
Cathrea was hooked on Oklahoma State after visiting the Cowgirls’ home course and training facilities, which closely match the tools she has been using since age 8.
“From the indoor video and bio-mechanical analysis tools I can use every day, to the weight training and sports-science areas for strength and conditioning, its just an awesome place to train for golf,” she said.
She also was inspired by head coach Alan Bratton, who has won national championships as a player and a coach at Oklahoma State.
“Coach Bratton can help me win so I can help the team win,” she said. “On the academic side, the support offered (to) student-athletes is impressive. The programs in place not only can help me grow academically but graduate. I went from only wanting to stay two years to wanting to stay as long as Coach Bratton will have me.”
Cathrea has more than 150 tournament wins and has twice won Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year and Future Champions Tour Player of the Year honors. She has played in the LPGA’s CVS/pharmacy Challenge and Bell Micro Classic, and partnered with Ben Crenshaw to win the pro-junior event at the 2011 Champion’s Tour First Tee Nature Valley Open. Cathrea won the 2009 California Women’s Amateur, the same year she became the youngest quarterfinalist in history at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public LInks.