Sept. 21, 2010
Norman, Okla. - The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club has been awarded the No. 15 spot on Golfweek's list of the nation's best campus courses.
Golfweek's list includes 30 courses spanning 22 states. The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club is the only course from the state of Oklahoma listed.
"We are fortunate to have such a great golf course every day for our guys to improve their games," said OU head men's golf coach Ryan Hybl. "Our guys have no excuses not to be great, because you can become great here at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club."
Said OU head women's golf coach Veronique Drouin, "Director of Golf Rodney Young and Course Superintendent Jason Faires are doing a tremendous job with continuing the improvement of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. At Oklahoma, we expect the very best out of our student-athletes and coaches; our facilities should be no different. We are honored by the top-15 ranking and are privileged to have such a recognized course in our own backyard. It is truly one of the best in the country."
In 1949, in coordination with the Navy and with the leadership of OU President George Lynn Cross, construction began on the OU Golf Course. At that time, famous golf course architect and native Oklahoman Perry Maxwell was commissioned to build the project, and in January 1951 the course opened for play.
The golf course was redesigned and renamed to Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in 1996 thanks to generous contributions from OU supporters, especially that of Jimmie Austin. World-renowned course architect Robert Cupp was chosen to redesign the course, which reflected features Maxwell envisioned 50 years prior.
To this day, the continuous improvement of the quality of Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club is a standard that the university strives to uphold.
The course's quality has earned it the honor of hosting a 2012 Men's NCAA Regional Championship and the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional Championship. Last spring it hosted the 2010 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship and in 2009 hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
The prestigious course will also play host to the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic this upcoming weekend. The eight-team women's golf tournament will be the only collegiate event hosted at the course in the 2010-11 season. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Sooners Sept. 24-26 with free admission all weekend. Additional information will be made available via the women's golf team's Twitter page (twitter.com/OU_WomensGolf) and on Soonersports.com.
To qualify for the Golfweek list, courses must be part of a school's recreational life in terms of preferential access for students, faculty and alumni. Topping the list was The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The entire list can be viewed here.