Oklahoma State came up just short in finishing runner-up to national champion Alabama in this year NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, but three of its frontline players on Wednesday were named Ping All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The golf threesome of redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark, senior Talor Gooch and sophomore Jordan Niebrugge received the national honors. The three helped Oklahoma State to its 17th runner-up finish in the NCAA Championships in program history. The Cowboys have been national champions in Division I college golf 10 times.
Clarke has been piling up the hardware and national honors this spring. He was named a second-team All-American selection by the GCAA. Gooch was a third-team honoree, and Niebrugge was an honorable mention selection. He was named Big 12 Player of the Year and was selected to the U.S. Palmer Cup Team ( a team of U.S. college golfers who compete annually against their counterparts from England). The Colorado native finished in the top six eight times in 2014 and had three second-place finishes.
Like his teammate Clark, Gooch also is an All-Big 12 First Team selection. Gooch had seven top-10 finishes this season and was the runner-up in the NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional.
Niebrugge was All-Big 12 First Team, as well. He posted six top-10 finishes during the season and tied Gooch for second place in the Columbia Regional.