OSU Names Alan Bratton Women's Golf Coach


Friday, June 10th 2011, 2:04 pm
By: News 9


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STILLWATER, Oklahoma — Oklahoma State University has announced the hiring of Alan Bratton as the new head coach for the Cowgirl golf program.

Bratton has spent the past seven seasons as the associate head coach for his alma mater for both the men's and women's programs at OSU.

"I'm excited about the chance to head up the women's program," said Bratton. "I love coaching and I love Oklahoma State. I'm humbled that OSU thinks enough of me to offer me the job. I'm excited to hit the road and start recruiting.

Bratton's appointment is pending approval from Oklahoma State's Board of Regents.

Since returning to his alma mater, the Cowboys have captured six conference titles and have finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship on five occasions. Bratton has also helped coach more than 20 All-Americans over that span.

"We have a strong history on the women's side and I want to build on that. I can't wait to get started," said Bratton.

On the women's side, the Cowgirls had top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship in 2009 and 2010. The Cowgirls also produced the program's first-ever NCAA champion in Caroline Hedwall two years ago.

During just his second year in the coaching ranks, Bratton proved to be an integral part of the Cowboys' march to the NCAA title in 2006 and helped OSU to a national runner-up finish in 2010.

Bratton returned to OSU after spending three years as a player development manager for Ping where he worked to enhance the company's college and amateur programs.

Prior to his stint at Ping, Bratton played professionally from 1995-2000, competing on the Asian Tour from 1996-97, the PGA Tour in 1999 and the Buy.com Tour in 2000. During his professional career, Bratton competed in 31 PGA events and posted a pair of top-25 finishes, tying for 25th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and tying for 15th at the Nissan Open.

Bratton regained his amateur status in 2006 and immediately enjoyed a successful run upon his return to competitive golf. During his first summer back in action, he claimed the Oklahoma State Amateur title before winning the local qualifier for the U.S. Amateur. In addition, he competed in the Western Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

As a Cowboy, Bratton was a four-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 1994 and 1995, and was named co-recipient of the 1994 Jack Nicklaus Award, honoring the nation's top player. As a senior in 1995, he led OSU to the eighth of its 10 national championships.

The Big Eight Player of the Year in 1992 and 1994, Bratton also captured conference medalist honors in 1992 and 1995. He is currently tied for fourth on the school's all-time list with seven career victories.

Bratton was equally successful in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 on his way to earning a degree in business administration.