Aug. 13, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma men's golf head coach Ryan Hybl announced Thursday that Sam Braver is transferring to OU from South Carolina and will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2009-10 season.
Braver competed in six tournaments as a true freshman last season for the Gamecocks, including the SEC Championship, NCAA Southeast Regional and the NCAA Championships.
"Sam will be a great addition to our squad as he has already established himself as a quality collegiate player," said Hybl. "He started in quite a few events last season for a good South Carolina squad. He has all the tangibles that you are looking for; great leadership, talented player and he excels in the classroom as well."
The Roswell, Ga., native placed 11th at the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational in his first collegiate event and carded South Carolina's only round in the 60s on day two of the NCAA Southeast Regional with his 3-under-par 68.
Five of Braver's 18 rounds in 2008-09 were par or better, including two rounds in the 60s.
Braver was in the lineup for four top-five team finishes, including a win at the Schenkel E-Z-GO and a second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Prior to his time at South Carolina, Braver lettered four years at Centennial High School under coaches John Anderson and Steve Calder. He was a two-time all-state selection (2007, 2008) and was named an AJGA Rolex honorable mention All-American in 2007.
Ranked as high as 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ratings during his standout prep career, Braver was later inducted into the Centennial High School Hall of Fame after also excelling academically and graduating with honors.
On the summer golf circuit, Braver won three AJGA national events and was a two-time Future Masters champion.
Braver also competed in the 2008 Canon Cup as one of the top-20 ranked golfers in the nation.
Braver's father, Joe, is no stranger to OU athletics, still holding the men's tennis program record for consecutive singles victories with 19 in 1982. A four-year letterman for the Sooners from 1981-1984, Braver was a two-time Big Eight Conference champion, winning the No. 2 singles title in 1984 and the No. 3 doubles championship with Whit Jones in 1981.