The Oklahoma State golf team will be back in action Thursday at an NCAA Regional tournament at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Co. The Cowboys are trying to qualify for their record 65th straight NCAA Championships appearance.
The top-ranked Cowboys, coming off their fifth straight Big 12 title, have a little extra incentive to play well this week as they are the host school for the NCAA Championships, which begin at Karsten Creek on May 31.
OSU's Kevin Tway, a senior from Edmond that has won two NCAA Regionals, talked to The Oklahoman about this week's tournament, the NCAAs and about having a little fun with his teammates on Twitter. He even dished a little on new teammate and Cowboys star quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Q: Obviously you guys have had a pretty good run this year. Can you talk about some of the success you've had?
A: We had a pretty good fall. Won twice and finished second another time. In the spring I think we've only lost two or three times and we've finished in the top three every time. Everybody is playing well, so I'm really looking forward to the next couple of tournaments.
How is your game heading into your final two college tournaments?
I think my game is in good shape. I've been practicing with my dad (PGA Tour pro Bob Tway) and some of the other pros down at Oak Tree in Edmond. I feel like everything is coming around and I'm ready.
How excited are you about having the NCAAs in Stillwater at Karsten Creek?
It's great. That course is a beast, but it'll be good to have it here.
How would you warn someone about how difficult Karsten Creek is?
I'd just tell them how intimidating it is. Just look at every hole. They're all long. The greens are undulating. There are trees tight up both sides. It's tough to figure out which way the wind is blowing. It's just a beast.
So what's next for you after the NCAAs?
I'm going to try to qualify for the U.S. Open and hopefully get in to that. And then I'm turning pro right after that. Hopefully I can get some sponsors exemptions and go from there.
You and your teammates are pretty active on Twitter, but you've got some interesting catchphrases. What is ‘dropbombs'?
That's how we talk about hitting it far and making long putts. I kind of made it up last fall and it stuck.
OK, what about ‘scalabrines'?
(Laughs) Yeah, scalabrines are birdies. We just think that's hilarious.
What else do you and your teammates do for fun?
We do a lot of fishing out at Karsten at night. So we'll either do that or play some whiffle ball and maybe go to a movie.
You don't give Weeden too hard of a time do you?
Nah, he's actually pretty good and he's getting better. He has a little bit of a tough time out at Karsten but other courses he's in the 70s. He's out there with us just about every day. He doesn't have football right now so he's out here a lot. During football we didn't see him quite as much, but he likes to play and he's a good guy so we play quite a bit.
NCAA GOLF REGIONALS
The NCAA Regionals begin Thursday at courses across the country. The top five teams from each three-day regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, which begins on May 31. Here's a look at where the state schools are headed for regionals:
* No. 1 Oklahoma State: Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Co.
* No. 24 Oklahoma: Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Radford, Va.
* Tulsa: The Farms Golf Club, San Diego
Just about the entire Oklahoma State golf team is active on Twitter. Here's a list of the tweeting Cowboys and their Twitter handles:
* Kevin Tway: @KevinTway
* Peter Uihlein: @PeterUihlein
* Talor Gooch: @TalorGooch
* Trent Whitekiller: @TWhitekiller
* Ian Davis: @IanDavisOSU
* Mark Johnson: @MarkJohnsonOSU
* Brad Gehl: @bradgehlOSU
* Karsten Majors: @karstenOSU
* Drew Page: @D_Paw
* Brandon Weeden: @bweeden3
* Coach Mike McGraw: @CoachMcGrawOSU
* Assistant coach Josh Fosdick: @CowboyFoz
When: May 31 – June 5
Where: Karsten Creek, Stillwater
Tickets: All session tickets are $50. Single-session tickets are $10. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Tickets can be purchased by calling (877) 255-4678 or by logging on to NCAA.com/tickets.
Parking: Parking is $5 at Lake Carl Blackwell across the highway from Karsten Creek and shuttles will take fans to and from the golf course.