Baylor Men's Golf Returns to Coach McGraw's Old Stomping Grounds

Mike McGraw spent 16 years at Oklahoma State before taking over the Baylor Men's Golf program in 2014.

All that time on the Cowboys home course, Karsten Creek, will come in handy this week as he prepares his Bears for the NCAA Championships, held at Karsten Creek.

"I don't know if it gives us an advantage," he said. "But I do know how to speak into these guys, heads the right thoughts before we play. Then when we're in the practice round pointing out certain things, will help them."

Senior Matthew Perrine has played the course in competition and he likes having his experience paired with the in-depth knowledge of his head coach.

"It's nice to have a background of the golf course, and to know how it's going to play," he said. "The girls are up there right now so we're getting some feedback from them, so the more information you have the better you can prepare."

Sophomore Cooper Dossey played Karsten Creek when he was in high school. While he's ready to see what his game looks like on that same course now, with two years of college golf under his belt, he also is comforted by the fac that his coach can help he and his teammates find their way around the course.

"It's less pressure on us knowing we have a coach that knows the golf course so well, who can help us and prepare us the right way," he said.

The Bears will open the NCAA Championships on Friday.

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