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Houston's Connor Black Commits to Oklahoma State

on 18 September 2012.

Houston’s Connor Black on Tuesday gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State University. A home-schooled high school junior, Black will sign his national letter of intent in November 2013.

Connor Black verbally committed to Oklahoma State on Sept. 18. A 2011 AJGA All-American, he won the Western Junior Amateur in 2011.Connor Black verbally committed to Oklahoma State on Sept. 18. A 2011 AJGA All-American, he won the Western Junior Amateur in 2011.“Oklahoma State is where I want to be,” Black said. “They have so much tradition there, and Coach (Mike) McGraw is such a good guy. It’s such a good program and I want to see it stay dominant. Hopefully I can go up there and do some good things.”

Oklahoma State has won 10 NCAA national championships since 1947 and has 16 runner-up finishes. The team last won the national title in 2006; the Cowboys also won the NCAA championship in 2000 and twice in the 1990s. Eight times an Oklahoma State golfer has won the NCAA’s individual national title, the last of which was Jonathan Moore in 2006. Charles Howell won it in 2000.

There have been 163 All-Americans in the storied Oklahoma State history. Recent first-team All-Americans include Peter Uihlein (2010), Rickie Fowler (2008, ’09) and Morgan Hoffman (2009). The Cowboys also have 54 conference championships and 47 individual conference champions.

“I’m happy I got the decision over with,” Black said. “I can get back to playing golf and not have to worry about anything. I’m getting to go to the school I’ve really wanted to go to for a really long time.”

Black, a 2011 AJGA First-Team All-American and winner of the 2011 Western Junior Amateur, said he also considered Texas A&M, Arizona State, Louisiana State and Wake Forest.

Once at Stillwater, Black will join forces with Stratton Nolen, the Austin Westlake senior who won the 2012 Class 5A Boys State Championship, and Zach Olson, a high school junior in Tennessee who won the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley last April. Both Nolen and Olson verbally committed to Oklahoma State this year.

“It’s going to be a good team. I’m really excited,” said Black, who has played in three U.S. Junior Amateurs and one U.S. Amateur.

Black has been home-schooled since the seventh grade, but in 2010-11 he attended Katy’s Cinco Ranch High School during his freshmen year. He won seven of the eight tournaments he played, including a Class 5A Regional championship. He’s currently ranked in the nation’s top 10 for junior golfers in his high school graduating class (2014) by the AJGA, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek.  

Black will get another sneak peek at his future home course Oct. 5-8 when he tees it up at the AJGA’s PING Invitational. The annual championship is played in Stillwater at Karsten Creek, the home of the Oklahoma State team and one of the toughest courses in the country.

“I played there for last year’s PING Invitational, and I played it on my visit up there,” Black said. “It’s a great course, but it’s hard. You have to drive it well, and that’s what I’ve been working on.”


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