Alan Braton Returns to OSU Golf

STILLWATER, Okla.  -  Former national player of the year Alan Bratton is returning to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach for Oklahoma State's men's and women's golf teams.

A native of College Station, Texas, Bratton will help handle the day-to-day coaching and recruiting responsibilities for both the Cowboy and Cowgirl programs.

"It is nice to have him back at OSU and I think he will be an excellent coach," Cowboy head coach Mike Holder said. "He knows how to play and should be able to help others play better."

Bratton returns to OSU after spending the last three years as a player development manager for Ping where he worked to enhance the company's college and amateur programs.

Prior to his stint at Ping, Bratton played professionally from 1995-2000, competing on the Asian Tour from 1996-97, the PGA Tour in 1999 and the Tour in 2000.

As a Cowboy, Bratton was a four-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 1994 and 1995, and was named co-recipient of the 1994 Jack Nicklaus Award, honoring the nation's top player. In 1995, he led OSU to the eighth of its nine national championships.

The Big Eight Player of the Year in 1992 and 1994, Bratton also captured conference medalist honors in 1992 and 1995. He is currently tied for fourth on the school's all-time list with seven career victories.

Bratton was equally successful in the classroom, garnering Academic All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 on his way to earning a degree in business administration.

"I took it as a compliment when Coach Holder asked me to come back. I wasn't going to take just any job, but this a special place," Bratton said. "Some of my happiest times were at OSU and I love Stillwater."

"OSU golf has been good to me and there is not a better place to be for someone that wants to get into coaching," he added. Bratton and his wife, Gretchen, who is also an OSU graduate, have three children: Mason (3), Noah (1) and Gunnar (3 months).

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