McGraw, Cantlay earn men's honors

Oklahoma State head coach Mike McGraw during Semifinals of Saturday's Match Play at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Coach Mike McGraw and his Oklahoma State Cowboys did not come out on the winning end at this year’s NCAA Championship at their home course of Karsten Creek. They lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Augusta State, 3-2, with the deciding match going to the 19th hole.

When you look at the entire season, however, McGraw and the Cowboys won plenty. OSU notched eight victories, the most for the program since the Cowboys won nine times in 1994-95.

That overall performance earned McGraw the 2010-11 Coach of the Year honor from Golfweek.

“In the big picture, this season was actually outstanding,” McGraw said. “Our goal was to win the national championship, and we didn’t accomplish that. But the kids did everything they could to get ready for it. I’m proud of them for the way they prepared, and I’m proud of the way they handled things in defeat.”

Included in OSU’s eight victories were the Ping/Golfweek Preview and Southern Highlands titles, a triumph at Augusta State’s home event and lopsided victories at the Big 12 Championship (13 strokes) and NCAA South Central Regional (18 strokes).

UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay also won plenty in his inaugural season, adding to his collection of postseason honors as Golfweek’s Player of the Year.

Cantlay, already named the Phil Mickelson Award winner as Freshman of the Year and the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as Player of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America, won four times and finished with a 70.2 scoring average.

A first-team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year, he finished second individually at the NCAA Championship.

FIRST TEAM

Patrick Cantlay, fr., UCLA *

Peter Uihlein, jr., Oklahoma State

Kevin Tway, sr., Oklahoma State

Patrick Reed, jr., Augusta State

Bank Vongvanij, sr., Florida

Bud Cauley, jr., Alabama

Andrew Yun, so., Stanford

Kyle Scott, sr., Georgia Tech

Luke Guthrie, jr., Illinois

James White, jr., Georgia Tech

SECOND TEAM

J.T. Griffin, sr., Georgia Tech

Morgan Hoffmann, jr., Oklahoma State

John Peterson, sr., LSU

Phillip Choi, so., Florida

Cory Whitsett, fr., Alabama *

Henrik Norlander, sr., Augusta State

Blayne Barber, so., Auburn

Jordan Russell, jr., Texas A&M

Vince India, sr., Iowa

Chris Williams, so., Washington

THIRD TEAM

Nils Floren, sr., Texas Tech

Harris English, sr., Georgia

Andres Echavarria, sr., Florida

Gregor Main, jr., UCLA

Sebastian Cappelen, fr., Arkansas *

Jason Millard, sr., Middle Tennessee State

Jeff Karlsson, jr., Kennesaw State

Harold Varner, jr., East Carolina

Pontus Widegren, so., UCLA

Robin Wingardh, sr., Tennessee

HONORABLE MENTION

Evan Beck, so., Wake Forest

Kelly Kraft, sr., SMU

Lee Bedford, jr., Wake Forest

Dylan Frittelli, jr., Texas

Andrew Putnam, sr., Pepperdine

Ben Kohles, jr., Virginia

Bobby Wyatt, fr., Alabama *

Ignacio Elvira, sr., Texas A&M

Russell Henley, sr., Georgia

Andrew Loupe, sr., LSU

Scott Pinckney, sr., Arizona State

John Hahn, sr., Kent State

Lion Kim, sr., Michigan

Brinson Paolini, so., Duke

Matt Smith, sr., Texas Tech

Jace Long, so., Missouri

Alex Moore, jr., Oregon State

J.J. Spaun, jr., San Diego State

Ethan Tracy, jr., Arkansas

Albin Choi, fr., N.C. State *

  • All-freshman team

Note: Teams determined by players’ order in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings

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