Tway: QB Weeden an 8-handicap, ‘hits it far’

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden during a football game last fall. Weeden announced Jan. 12 that he will attempt to walk on to the golf team.

So how good is Brandon Weeden, the Oklahoma State quarterback who last week joined the Cowboys’ storied golf program? That was the big question after Weeden, 27, announced his intentions to hit the links at Karsten Creek this spring.

He’s about an 8-handicap, according to senior Kevin Tway, who’s played with Weeden a handful of times. Weeden’s stint with the golf team isn’t about his impact on the scoreboard, though.

“He’ll be a great guy for my guys to be around, the way he takes care of his business,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw told Golfweek.

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Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw and Kevin Tway at the 2010 national championship.

Said Weeden: “Obviously, I don’t think I’m going to crack the top five. I just want to help these guys out as much as I can, and try to improve my game.”

His low score is 74 at Lakeside Golf Course, a 6,698-yard public track in Stillwater. Football will remain his first priority, Weeden said. He also announced last week that he’ll return to Oklahoma State for the 2011 football season.

Tway, the 2005 U.S. Junior champion, offered this scouting report on Weeden’s game: “He hits it far. He’s a big, athletic guy. I think if he keeps practicing, he can get pretty good. Surprisingly, he chips and putts pretty good.”

Weeden, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 219-pounder, set school records with 34 touchdown passes, 4,277 passing yards and 4,209 yards of total offense this season.

Weeden, a pitcher who was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2002 draft, played five seasons of minor-league baseball.

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