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Old Hickory Sticks

Posted in Golf with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by Jared Gallagher

It’s that time of year again…

Time to polish off those clubs, buy a new glove and see how many balls you can lose off the first tee box.

Well, maybe not in Oklahoma, but it’s 88 degrees where I live today, so I’m ready to get out there.

The 2013 PGA TOUR has kicked off and there is plenty of former orange and black in the field this year. So, without further ado, I present my annual Cowboy Threads version of “Where Are They Now: Cowboy Golf Edition”.

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This year will be a special one as Oklahoma’s very own Oak Tree National will debut in the world’s most unique golf tournament, the Tavistock Cup. For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Cup is a battle for the title of “World Golf and Country Club Champion”. There are six clubs that will compete this year and Oklahoma State supporters should pay VERY close attention. Team Oak Tree National will consist of Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell III, Bob Tway and Scott Verplank. The event will be held at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida and is closed to the public. No more than 4,000 sponsors and members of the participating clubs are invited and there are no ropes, so attendees can literally walk with the professionals. We’re talking walking side-by-side with Tiger Woods.

Oh yeah, I’m going to be there… (be jealous).

With that big news out of the way, let’s get started. First up, the Rainbow Connection himself, Rickie Fowler.Wells Fargo Championship - Final Round

This kid is a quickly-rising superstar on the TOUR and can be credited with single-handedly made Puma (of all brands) a major player in the golf industry. His bright colors match his play…it’s exciting, fun to watch and easy to look bad on occasion.

Equipment: Cobra
Apparel: Puma
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: Rolex, Crowne Plaza, Red Bull

 

Bo Van Pelt

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This former Cowboy is one of the most consistent players and has, in my opinion, one of the coolest apparel sponsors on the TOUR. Alial Fital was created by former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan and is known for their unique flare they infuse in the collars of their shirts. I have a couple and love them.

Equipment: Taylor Made
Apparel: Alial Fital
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: MarquisJet, Embassy Suites, Humana

 

Hunter Mahan

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Another Cowboy known for his flare, Mahan is known as an innovator in the professional-golf-flatbill-hat industry.

Equipment: PING
Apparel: UnderArmour
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: NetJets, SunLife Financial, Biosteel Sports Supplements

 

Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III

Chucky Three Sticks averaged less than a 67 per round in his first nine rounds in 2013… Swag.

Equipment: Taylor Made / Mizuno
Apparel: Polo Ralph Lauren / Adidas (shoes)
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: FTI Consulting?????, Lexus

 

Alexander Noren

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The Swedish golfer is making his rise to the top ranks of the golf world, and doing it in style.

Equipment: Callaway
Apparel: Hugo Boss
Ball: Callaway
Other Cool Sponsors: Audi

 

Casey Wittenberg

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Casey finished number one on the Web.com money list in 2012, earning him a PGA TOUR card this year. Little-known fact about him is he is a self-proclaimed “red-meat Southern boy” that split his football allegiances between Oklahoma State and LSU. The kid is a baller.. he finished T-10 at the United States Open last year…playing with Tiger on Sunday.

Equipment: Taylor Made
Apparel: Adidas
Ball: ?????
Other Cool Sponsors: ?????

 

Bob Tway

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The eldest of the Tway’s on this list makes his debut at the Tavistock Cup in 2013. Not to age him, but his one major championship win (PGA Championship) came the same year that Jack Nicklaus won his final major (Masters…..1986).

Equipment: Nike Golf
Apparel: Nike Golf
Ball: Nike…or Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: ??????, Oak Tree National

 

Scott Verplank

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Another Poke making his Tavistock Cup debut in 2013… This guy is an NCAA Individual National Champion, U.S. Amateur Champion and finished T-4 at the PGA Championship just two years ago.

Equipment: Taylor Made
Apparel: Brooks Brothers
Ball: Titelist
Other Cool Sponsors: FlexJet…. And freaking BROOKS BROTHERS!!!!

 

Morgan Hoffman

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Making his PGA TOUR debut this season…finished 19th on the money list on the Web.com Tour last season.

Equipment: Titleist
Apparel: RLX
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: ?????

 

Peter Uihlein

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The United States Amateur Champion is on the Challenge Tour this season…

Equipment: Titleist
Apparel: FootJoy
Ball: Titleist
Other Cool Sponsors: ….need I say more?

 

Kevin Tway

Kevin Tway

Equipment: Nike Golf
Apparel: Nike Golf
Ball: Nike?
Other Cool Sponsors: ?????

 

 

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Masters

Posted in Golf, Uncategorized on April 5, 2011 by Jared Gallagher

Masters Week.

It’s one of the greatest spectacles in all of sports. For a diehard sports fan like me, the Masters has grown into one of the premier events to watch each year. As a student at Oklahoma State I have learned to love golf, and the pinnacle of the sport is hosted in Augusta, GA, each April.

The Masters is more tradition-rich than any other PGA Tour tournament. From Magnolia Lane to the Champions Locker Room to Amen Corner, the Masters is the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the Wimbledon and the Rose Bowl all bundled into one for golf fans. This year is special as it is the 75th Masters and the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ incredible comeback win in 1986 (ESPN has a special on what might be the greatest comeback in professional golf history Wednesday at 6 p.m.).

Cowboy fans have a lot to look forward to his time around as four current and former Oklahoma State golfers will take the game’s biggest stage on Thursday. Bo Van Pelt and Hunter Mahan are returning to Augusta National, while young gun Rickie Fowler and current Cowboy Peter Uihlein both make their first appearance on golf’s biggest stage.

All four golfers will bring in a distinctly unique style to Augusta National as they all compete for the top spot.

Bo Van Pelt is the oldest of the orange foursome, turning pro in 1998, five years before the next oldest Poke. Van Pelt also garners the most traditional style on the course. He is in his first year in a deal with Titleist, using their drivers, irons and golf balls. The deal also allows him to wear Foot Joy shoes. His main apparel sponsor is a little bit unique: the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

Per his website (bovanpelt.com), “Bo competed in the first Nationwide Tour Event at the Miccosukee golf course. He met some of the leaders of the tribe, a friendship was formed, and a partnership began. Bo looks forward to continuing to help build the Miccosukee brand around the world as he competes on the golf course.” Van Pelt also struck a relationship with Flare, a new apparel company from Tulsa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hunter Mahan is looking to improve on two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Masters with an impressive showing this weekend. Mahan has developed his own distinctive style coming into the Masters this year. He uses PING and Titleist equipment, and you can’t miss it from the massive PING logo on his new and improved flat bill hat. He has followed this trend of youngsters switching to the flat bills, along with Fowler and Dustin Johnson.

His apparel sponsor is UnderArmour , shoes are Foot Joy and sunglasses are Sundog Eyewear. Look for some pretty colorful outfits from this Cowboy.

By far the most vibrant and outgoing Cowboy at the Masters this week is Rickie Fowler. His sole sponsor for apparel is Puma, and they are going to make sure you don’t forget it. Already famous for his not-so-traditional all-orange Sunday outfit, Fowler has a knack for matching HIS flat bills with the rest of his setup.

He likes monochrome outfits and bright colors. He is also sponsored by Titleist for his equipment. Look for Rickie to make a statement this weekend, both in his style and in his play.

Finally, the amateur. Peter Uihlein gets the most exciting experience of all the Cowboys this week as he is staying in the famed Crow’s Nest inside the exclusive clubhouse at Augusta National. Playing in your first major can be a daunting task. Especially when you’re an amateur. Especially when it’s the Masters. Especially when you’re paired with the defending champion.

Uihlein said in a recent interview at Karsten Creek that he hopes to be wearing plenty of orange this week. His nerves were subsided yesterday (at least temporarily) when he played a practice round with some of the other Cowboys in the tournament. This picture was taken during today’s practice round. The round was much colder than what is expected this weekend, and here you can see Peter sporting his Swingin’ Pete team hat and a sweet argyle Augusta National quarter-zip and his Pistol Pete 59 Belt Buckle.

Looking fresh and ready to go, the Pokes have a great opportunity to make a run for the green jacket come Sunday.

 Hope you enjoyed the post, I’d love any feedback (unless you hated it), and happy Masters Week! GO POKES!

Winter Update

Posted in Baseball, Equestrian, Golf, Men's Basketball, Softball, Women's Basketball, Wrestling on February 24, 2011 by Jared Gallagher

Well into the second semester and with all the sooner fans in hibernation until next football season, I thought it would be a good idea to update you on the happenings of the Oklahoma State athletic department. All the winter sports are in full swing and the spring sports are on the verge of kicking off. So let’s start with the sport that has heralded the most success for the Pokes this season (and in the history of the Cowboy athletics, for that matter), the OSU wrestling team.

Wrestling

 

The most storied athletic program in the history of sports is having another record-setting season in 2010-11. The Pokes are 15-2-1 and recently became just the second collegiate wrestling program in the history of the sport to win 1,000 duals (Iowa State stands at 1,011 victories…they have wrestled 163 duals more than the Cowboys.) OSU achieved the feat with a 44-0 barnburner over Northern Colorado. Currently the Cowboys are 1006-113-23 all time for an approximate .890 winning percentage, including an eight dual win streak.

The Cowboys are leading the charge in their traditional orange singlets, quite possibly the most intimidating (and sometimes most terrifying, have you seen those sweat stains??) look in all of sports.

Sophomore standout Jordan Oliver is tearing up the mat, recently defeating the No. 2 wrestler in the nation in Andrew Hochstrasser from the Boise State Goonerkillerz to affirm his top-ranked status. Oliver is now 21-0 on the season with 18 of those being bonus point victories, including two technical falls in the first period this season. He has eight pins, six technical falls, 85 takedowns and 22 nearfalls this season. For an example of his dominance, I have included the scoring rundown of Oliver’s most recent bout, a 16-0 first period trouncing of his Wyoming counterpart (who happened to be in the top 15 in the nation).

 

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) TF5 No. 15 Tyler Cox (UW); 16-0, 2:52
First Period
2:50 Oliver takedown (2-0)
2:39 Oliver nearfall 3 (5-0)
2:12 Oliver nearfall 3 (8-0)
2:03 Oliver nearfall 2 (10-0)

0:38 Oliver nearfall 2 (12-0)

0:08 Oliver nearfall 3 (15-0), technical fall, end match

 2:42 riding time added for Oliver (16-0)

Look for Oliver to be hoisting an individual national title trophy at the end of the season.

Men’s Basketball

It’s been a rebuilding year for the Pokes, who are 16-11 this season. They have shown some fight, winning games against ranked Kansas State and Mizzou and have a favorable three game stretch to finish out the schedule: Texas Tech and Baylor in GIA before traveling to the Forbidden Land to take on Cade’s Cohorts.

I already have my tickets for that game; I’m sure you can find some outside the Lloyd Noble Center for cheap.

Women’s Basketball

It’s been interesting to watch the Cowgirls try to fill the massive gap left by the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, Andrea Riley. There have been some definite bright spots, though, as sophomore Toni Young has emerged as the go-to-girl. In her last four games she is averaging 23.75 ppg and 15.75 rpg. Freshmen Tiffany Bias and Vicky McIntyre are also large contributors to the young team. Look for the Cowgirls to make some deep tournament runs in the next few years.

Golf

The Cowboy golf program is among the most prestigious in the nation. This season is proving no different as the Pokes are locked and loaded for the spring season. The Pokes are on a roll, with three first place finishes (PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek GC, Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Scrioto CC and the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational at Waikoloa Village GC), and three more finishes in the top five.

One might expect such high honors for this Cowboy team. I mean, the current squad possesses a U.S. Amateur Champion and the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world in Peter Uihlein,

a Phil Mickleson award recipient in Morgan Hoffman

and a GCAA All-American in Kevin Tway (son of former Cowboy standout Bob Tway).

As if this season couldn’t get any more prime for a national championship for the Pokes, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships will be played on their home course, Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater. 

Equestrian

The Cowgirl Equestrian team is having yet another superb season, ranked fourth in the nation and boasting a 5-2 team record. They play host to the top-ranked TAMU Aggies this Saturday at Animal Science Arena in Stillwater (admission is free…you should go).

Baseball

The Cowboy baseball team is looking to restore glory to the program, and is off on the right foot. They dominated the Bryant University Bulldogs in a three-game series last weekend, allowing just one run the entire weekend.

UPDATE*** The Pokes fell to the Dallas Baptist Patriots on Tuesday, 7-3. They host winless Cal-Poly this weekend in a three-game set. Games are Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Softball

The Cowgirls are 8-2 this season and are heading out to balmy Palm Springs for the Cathedral City Classic where they will take on the likes of Georgia and Fresno State.

So there you have it, my winter sports update. Read it. Love it. Wear orange. GO POKES!

Pistol’s Firing!

Posted in Football, Golf on October 8, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Football season is in full swing and there’s much to discuss about Oklahoma State’s recent “Black Thursday” uniforms. The Pokes used the all-black uniforms on September 30 against the Texas A&M Aggies. The unis, produced by Nike, included a black OSU brand on the helmet.

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys whipped out their alternate threads; htye made their debut in front of a nationally-televised audience last season in an ugly Thursday night win against the Colorado Buffaloes (as seen above). Many Cowboy faithful were weary of wearing the black unis again, on account of the poor first half play against the Buffs. History would hold true as the Pokes had a less-than-stellar opening half of play against the Aggies last week, trailing 21-7 at halftime. Dan Bailey wore his traditional all-orange cleats that would end up kicking the winning field goal as time expired, a nice accent to the all-black pants and jerseys.

In other campus news, the Cowboy golf team wrapped up another top finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek on September 28. OSU has a unique partnership with PING and Footjoy that supplies them with top of the line apparel and equipment. Junior Peter Uileihn showed off his “Swingin’ Pete” apparel earlier this summer when he won the U.S. Ameteur.

In other OSU golf news, a pair of former Cowboys traded in their traditional orange and black for a more patriotic red, white and blue. Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler represented Stillwater and the rest of the nation last week at the Ryder Cup in Whales.

Back to football, the undefeated Pokes will take their skills on the road this weekend when they travel to Lafayette, LA to battle the Ragin’ Cajuns at Cajun Field.

This is the first road test for the Cowboys, and gametime should be a nice humid 75 degree swampland atmosphere. “The Swamp” has been home of the U-La-La Ragin’ Cajuns for the last 40 years and holds the top two single game attendance records in Sun Belt Conference history. Its nickname is quite literal; “The Swamp” is geographically thirty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and is three feet BELOW sea level.

Here are some pics of the Cajun’s facilities:

The Cowboys will wear their traditional white jerseys and orange pants away uniform for the game.

As always comments are appreciated. Happy blogging and Go Pokes!

Cowboys 4Ever

Posted in Football, Golf, Wrestling on September 22, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Many Oklahoma State fans have opinions about the Cowboys and Cowgirls athletic uniforms. Some like them, some don’t. But we can all agree that these jerseys and uniform kits are what represents us as a top tier NCAA powerhouse. From the flashy Nike football uniforms to the classy Polo “Swinging Pete” golf shirts to the traditional solid orange singlet of the powerhouse wrestling program, there is one common denominator: these uniforms represent success.

This blog will take you on a journey of OSU’s aesthetic history, from the very beginning, when our first football team sported leather helmets and horizontally-striped socks to match their sleeve stripes. I hope to pass on my passion for Cowboy athletics to you by giving you insight to a subject that every Poke fan is intrigued by: The Orange and Black.