Alan Bratton will get the chance to return the Oklahoma State men’s program to the upper echelon of college golf. Bratton was named head men’s coach for the Cowboys on Wednesday, part of two promotions in OSU’s golf program announced by the university. Courtney Jones was elevated to head women’s coach.
Golfweek first reported Bratton’s pending promotion to one of college golf’s most visible positions and Jones’ elevation on Tuesday, citing sources with knowledge of the decision.
Bratton, a former OSU player who had been head coach for the school’s women’s program the past two seasons, replaces Mike McGraw, who was fired by OSU athletic director Mike Holder on June 21 after eight seasons. Jones had been Bratton’s assistant on the OSU women’s staff.
“Oklahoma State golf has been a part of my life since 1989, and it is the only place I ever wanted to play or coach,” said Bratton, a four-time All-American when Holder was the men’s golf coach, in an OSU news release. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to follow Labron Harris, Mike Holder and Mike McGraw. They have set the bar very high, and I am ready to get to work.”
Bratton earned first-team All-American honors in 1994 and 1995. He also was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year (1992, 1994), won two Big Eight individual titles (1992, 1994) and was named co-recipient of the 1994 Jack Nicklaus Award, honoring the nation’s top player. As a senior in 1995, he led OSU to the eighth of its 10 national championships. He is tied for fourth on the school’s all-time list, with seven career victories.
Bratton took over the Cowgirls program in 2011-12 after seven years as associate head coach for the men’s and women’s teams at OSU. After finishing No. 44 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in 2010-11, the Cowgirls improved to No. 19 in Bratton’s first season and were No. 14 this season, when they won the Big 12 Championship.
“It is not easy to step back from the women’s program, but after working with Courtney for the past two years, I have complete faith that she will continue to build on the momentum we created and take the program to new heights,” Bratton said.
In his seven seasons as an assistant with the men’s program, OSU won its 10th national title in 2006 and produced its eighth NCAA champion in Jonathan Moore. Additionally, the Cowboys finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship on five occasions and captured six Big 12 Conference crowns.
During Bratton’s tenure, OSU generated 23 All-Americans, including 10 first-team selections. The Cowboys also produced national players of the year in Rickie Fowler, Pablo Martin and Peter Uihlein.
Bratton played professionally from 1995-2000, competing on the Asian Tour (1996-97), PGA Tour (1999) and Buy.com Tour (2000).
Jones, a 2006 Tulsa graduate and two-time All-American scholar athlete, completed her second season in Stillwater.