2006: Cowboys round up postseason honors
It’s an Oklahoma State sweep.
The Cowboys, coming off a victory at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship June 3 at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, also roped in all three of Golfweek’s major postseason awards. First-year coach Mike McGraw is Coach of the Year, sophomore Pablo Martin is the Player of the Year and NCAA individual champion Jonathan Moore is Freshman of the Year.
McGraw, who took over as head coach for the legendary Mike Holder, who is now the school’s athletics director, led a team with only one senior and two freshmen to Oklahoma State’s 10th national championship.
In 12 starts this season, the Cowboys finished out of the top 3 only once, that being a fourth at the Big 12 Conference Championship, a showing that McGraw said was the key to the Cowboys’ finish.
“That (Big 12) was the turning point,” McGraw said. “Things changed after that. I think maybe the guys took winning and our tradition for granted. That was kind of a wake-up call for us.”
After that, Oklahoma Statewent on to win the Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate, the Central Regional and the NCAA Championship.
“The bottom line is if the kids don’t play well, I don’t get this award,” McGraw said. “This (award) is just as much Alan’s (assistant coach Alan Bratton) and the players’ as it is mine.”
Martin, the national freshman of the year last season, followed with another stellar year and finished No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He had two victories in the fall, and in 12 starts this season had nine top-5 finishes. Martin, from Malaga, Spain, finished outside the top 10 only once.
“Overall, it was a good year,” said Martin, who had a 70.65 stroke average. “I think I managed to be consistent even when I wasn’t playing very well. After last season, I had some high expectations coming in. I didn’t meet all those expectations, but I feel I was close. I think in most of the tournaments I kept myself in a position to win and I feel good about that. Now, after the team winning (the NCAA title), I’m really looking forward to next season.”