Title town? Well, Oklahoma State will be able to claim it even if it doesn’t win any NCAA Championships in the next four years. It was announced on Tuesday that several national titles would be decided in Stillwater over the next few years. Here are the six that will be doled out in Payne County.
- 2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships (Karsten Creek)
- 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Tennis Championships (Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center)
- 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships (OSU Cross Country Course)
OSU will also host a men’s and women’s cross country regional in 2019, men’s golf regional in 2021 and women’s golf regional in 2022.
“We’re thankful to everyone who was involved in bringing these championship events to Oklahoma State and this opportunity means a lot to us.” OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said in a statement. “We are committed to providing every student-athlete who comes here with a memorable championship experience.
“The people at OSU and in the community make Stillwater a great destination for events as prestigious as these. There are so few opportunities for an NCAA championship event to be played on or near a campus, so we don’t take this lightly.”
The last time the NCAA golf title was held in Stillwater was in 2011 when Augusta State beat Georgia in the final and Patrick Reed laid waste to everything he looked at. The women’s golf title has never been held there although it was held at Tulsa Country Club as recently as 2014.
“We built Karsten Creek to help our players achieve their dreams, prepare them for championships and to host championships ourselves,” OSU head coach Alan Bratton said in a statement. “We are grateful to the NCAA for trusting us to host such a great event and now it is up to us to put on a good show.”
The tennis news is even more exciting as Oklahoma State has been rewarded for their sparkling new facilities.
— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) April 18, 2017
“One of our goals in building the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center was to host an NCAA Championship, and to see that become a reality is very rewarding,” director of tennis and head OSU women’s tennis coach Chris Young said in a statement. “We have built a strong fan base and I am excited for them to welcome the best in college tennis to Stillwater.”
Fun times for those who love college sports. I’ve become a big fan of the NCAA golf championships and will likely make my way up there next year to check out the action in person. Hopefully the Cowboys (and Cowgirls) are contending in a lot of these events. That would make some good news even sweeter as these competitions unfold in the years to come.