Wildman's Walk: Karsten Creek is a workout

Team flags at Karsten Creek for the NCAA Championship

Team flags at Karsten Creek for the NCAA Championship

STILLWATER, Okla. – Another seven miles are in the books, and my feet are tired. I can only imagine what it must be like to carry a golf bag on your back at the same time.

Lots of interesting things to get to from today, so let’s do it.

I decided to change things up a bit and do the walk backwards, so I started on 18 and went in reverse. When I got to the 17th green, I bumped into last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, Danielle Kang, who was watching her brother Alex play for San Diego State.

Later this summer, Danielle will try to defend her amateur title at Rhode Island Country Club and shortly after that will turn pro. I asked her when she officially plans on turning pro, and she told me Aug. 15. The Women’s Amateur is Aug. 8-14, so it sounds as if the defending champ plans on making another run.

While strolling around today, I also caught up with the Buckeyes of Ohio State, who have been playing extremely well this week. Head coach Donnie Darr even asked me how Wildman’s Walk was going. I told him not too bad, and that’s when I learned something about the former Oklahoma State assistant coach.

Darr told me that walking the entire cart path at Karsten Creek is about seven miles, but he was prepared for the hikes this week. Turns out that while he was an assistant coach here, he would jog nine holes a couple of times a week. Now that’s a workout! Rarely would he run all 18, but still that’s impressive, considering the hills and heat here.

After we chatted for a few moments, I tipped my cap to the coach and said, “Your guys have played really well and are making the Big Ten look good.” He said thanks and told me, “Asher, there is still a long way to go.” Typical coach response.

When returning to the clubhouse, I bumped into a VIP this week who wasn’t a former or current Cowboys player. It was USA Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve, who will be out here all week scouting the players and trying to determine who should don the red, white and blue later this summer in Scotland.

I witnessed him telling Missouri’s Jace Long that he’ll be watching him and wished him luck. To be honest, I didn’t think that Long would be on Holtgrieve’s radar, but I’m glad he is. He deserves it.

“I’m here to see all the top guys,” Holtgrieve said. “I want to see the new guys I haven’t seen before and see how guys play in match play.”

Captain Holtgrieve plans on staying through Sunday, then will be headed to the Palmer Cup, where he’ll watch Team USA take on Team Europe, then drive to Sunnehanna to watch some of that tournament for a few days.

It's a busy schedule for the captain, but he seems to be headed to all the right places.

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