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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma earned its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate ever, according to information released Tuesday by the NCAA.
Oklahoma has achieved significant improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last 10 years, climbing from 71% to the record 86% figure announced Tuesday. The NCAA's report reflects a four-year average of freshmen who enrolled in 2010-11 through 2013-14.
Seven Oklahoma programs registered a 100% Graduation Success Rate for the reporting period: men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's tennis and softball.
OU athletics programs with multi-year streaks of a 100% Graduation Success Rate are women's tennis (13 years), men's tennis (12), women's gymnastics (seven years) and men's gymnastics (five years).
The Graduation Success Rate for 15 of 17 of Oklahoma's intercollegiate athletics programs either increased or held steady from last year's report.
"We're extremely proud of the progress our individual sports programs continue to make academically, and especially of the dedication exhibited by our student-athletes to finish their degrees and set themselves up for success after athletics," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "The numbers in the latest Graduation Success Rate report also reflect the strong commitment of our coaches and academic support staff in making sure that graduation is the primary goal for our student-athletes. I'd like to express my gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved. We will continue our work to raise the bar even higher."
Notably, OU men's basketball's Graduation Success Rate of 90% shattered its previous record of 77 percent in 2014. Its GSR also exceeds the NCAA Division I average of 84% in the sport.
OU Athletics' single-year GSR of 94%, which accounts for student-athletes in the 2013 cohort, also marks a department record. It eclipses the previous annual GSR standard of 91% from the 2008 cohort. Men's basketball earned a 100% annual GSR for the third consecutive year.
Including their school-record 3.17 spring 2020 semester cumulative GPA, OU student-athletes have registered a cumulative GPA above 3.00 for a record 17 consecutive semesters. That cumulative GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of collegiate enrollment through the completion of the spring 2020 term.
Divided on the field, united against COVID-19: OSU, OU encourage testing before Thanksgiving holiday travelWritten by David Deaton
(STILLWATER and NORMAN, Oklahoma, Nov. 10, 2020)— The infamous Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma usually spawns intense divisions throughout the state. This year, however, the two schools are joining together off the field to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Through the “Bigger than Bedlam” campaign, OSU and OU are encouraging students to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling home for the Thanksgiving holiday while continuing healthy behaviors like masking, social distancing and proper hand hygiene—measures that will help prevent community spread of the virus.
“As students leave campus for the long holiday break, it is critical they consider the well-being of vulnerable family and community members,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “Now more than ever, getting tested, wearing masks and maintaining distance is vital to protecting others and managing the spread of this pandemic. Our students have done a great job following guidelines and staying healthy this semester, and I urge them to schedule a free test on campus before they leave for the holiday break.”
“Our teams may compete on the gridiron, but when it comes to protecting our loved ones and our communities against COVID-19, we all have the same goal,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “‘Bigger than Bedlam’ demonstrates our collective obligation as public universities to serve our state. As our students prepare for holiday travel, we encourage and emphasize the importance of getting a free COVID-19 test to help protect their families and hometown communities.”
Both OSU and OU previously announced their decisions to move instruction online following Thanksgiving break through the end of the fall 2020 semester — a measure that will minimize travel and possible transmission of the virus.
COVID-19 Testing: Oklahoma State University
As the university has done throughout the fall semester, OSU offers students and employees access to free COVID-19 testing at University Health Services, located on the Stillwater campus. The drive-thru testing hours are by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (405) 744-7665 or logging into their Patient Portal.
For the latest information on OSU COVID-related operations, visitgo.okstate.edu/coronavirus.
COVID-19 Testing: The University of Oklahoma
OU students on the Norman campus can schedule a free COVID-19 test at three different locations:
● Cate Center 3 – Students living in OU housing can get tested at the Cate 3 testing site, which will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visitou.edu/covidtest.
● Goddard Health Services – Any OU student, faculty or staff member may schedule a COVID-19 test at Goddard Health Services. Testing is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment, call (405) 325-4441.
● IMMY Labs – Drive-thru testing is available to any OU student, faculty or staff member at IMMY Labs, located 2701 Corporate Centre Drive in Norman. To schedule an appointment, visit portal.immylabs.com.
For the latest information on OU Norman campus operations, visit ou.edu/together.
About Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.
About the University of Oklahoma
Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. OU serves the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region and nation. For more information visit www.ou.edu.
The Pride of Poteau is excited to announce that First Free Will Baptist Church will be hosting this week’s tailgate!
Come out to Costner Stadium and support the Pride of Poteau Marching Band while enjoying your pre-game meal.
This week’s menu will be:
Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, desert and a drink for $6.00
The Band Boosters wish to thank Pastor Cory Thompson and the congregation of First Free Will Baptist for sponsoring this tailgate, and our community for its support at these events.
We appreciate you!
NORMAN — The Oklahoma women's golf team is set to open its 2020-21 season on Sunday when it tees off at the Schooner Fall Classic. This year's edition of the Classic marks the seventh year that Oklahoma has played host to what has become one of the premier women's collegiate golf events in the country.
"First and foremost, I'm extremely grateful for all the hard work that our VP for Intercollegiate Athletics, Joe Castiglione, and other administrators put into ensuring that we play golf this fall," head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. "I'm so excited to have the team back in Norman. For the last few weeks, we've adjusted our practices due to COVID-19 and have been able to focus on each individual more than ever, which we hope will pay off. We must continue to trust the process and this weekend is no different, even though we are playing at home we need to play our own game."
Play opens with 36 holes on Sunday at the par-70, 6,094-yard at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Teams will finish the event with 18 holes on Tuesday. The No. 28 Sooners will host Arkansas State, No. 20 Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, North Texas, No. 17 Oklahoma State, TCU, No. 2 Texas and No. 24 Texas Tech. Teams will play in groups of five and with carts to expedite safe play.
The Sooners enter year 12 under Drouin-Luttrell in 2020-21. After taking over a program that finished in 10th place or worse in half of its events in 2008-09, Drouin-Luttrell has guided OU to top-five showings in 45 of 94 tournaments (48 percent) during her tenure, including in 32 of 54 events (59 percent) from the 2010-11 through 2014-15 seasons. OU has won nine tournaments under her direction and has qualified for the NCAA Tournament on six occasions. The top 18 54-hole scores in school history have come under her watch, and she has presided over the 20 lowest rounds in OU annals. Additionally, Drouin-Luttrell's teams are responsible for the 10 lowest team scoring averages in program history.
Monday's final round will have two live streams on Sooner Sports TV, with one following the Sooners' group and another providing coverage of the final two holes. Monday's coverage will be broadcast at 10 a.m. CT on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest.
THE FIELD (FINAL 2019-20 GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)
No. 28 Sooners (Host)
No. 20 Baylor
No. 17 Oklahoma State
No. 2 Texas
No. 24 Texas Tech.
Libby Winans, Jr., Richardson, Texas: Winans has tallied 49 competitive rounds for the Sooners during her two years in Norman, shooting par or better 18 times ... Finished T7 at the 2018 Schooner Classic after firing a 206 over three rounds, tied for the sixth-lowest 54-hole score in OU history ... Owns six career top-10 finishes, second-most on the team ... Set the Oklahoma freshman scoring record in 2018-19 with a 72.59 ... Has one collegiate victory (Clover Cup 2019) ... Currently holds the third-best career scoring average vs. par in Oklahoma history (+1.22).
Kaitlin Milligan, Sr., Norman, Okla.: Leads the Sooners with 91 career rounds and team-high 45 rounds of par or better golf ... Ranked No. 58 in latest Golfstat ranking ... Career scoring average vs. par of +1.08 is the second-best in program history ... Has 17 top-20 finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and six top-fives, including a win at the NCAA Norman Regional in 2019 ... Set OU scoring record in 2019-20, firing an average of 71.40 ... Owns school records for the lowest individual round (62) and the lowest 54-hole score (199) ... Has been Oklahoma's top finisher at nine events.
Hannah Screen, Sr., Berkhamsted, U.K.: Making her Sooner debut after sitting out spring 2019 due to transfer rules ... Transferred from Houston where she lead the Cougars to an AAC championship in 2019 en route to an All-AAC First Team nod ... Ranked No. 100 in Golfstat's latest ranking ... Represents England as a member of the national overseas' team ... Played in the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic while at Houston, tallying a career-low 54-hole score of 210 to finish T10.
Ellen Secor, Gr., Portland, Ore.,: Played in four events for the Sooners last spring after transferring from Colorado State ... Finished in second place at the Westbrook Invitational after shooting a 203 at the event, the second-lowest three-round score in OU history.
Maria Fernanda Martinez, R-So., Veracruz, Mexico: Appeared four times for the Sooners in 2019-20, posting a scoring average of 73.91 ... Fired a career-low round of 71 at the White Sands Invitational en route to a T21 finish.
The Sooners have had success at their home event, setting multiple program records over the years. In 2018, Oklahoma set program records for lowest team round (267) and lowest three-round (831). Under head coach Drouin-Luttrell, the Sooners have three top-five finishes at the Schooner, most recently in 2018.
The seventh-annual Schooner Fall Classic will be played at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla., a par-70, 6,094-yard course.
Fifty-four holes will be played over two days. Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT on holes No. 1 and No. 10. All teams will play in groups of five with their respective teammates.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high of 87 degrees and wind out of the south at 15 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high of 68 degrees and wind out of the north at 17 mph.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.
LCYS 27th Annual Golf Tournament Results!
Thanks to everyone that came and participated making this another successful year!
1st Place Winning Team
2nd Place Winning Team
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Poteau Chamber of Commerce & City of Poteau Announces Jeff Shockley Memorial Golf Tournament Scheduled for September 25th
Poteau OK: The Poteau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have agreed to host a second Annual Golf Tournament this fall. Tournament organizers are working to make this tournament as unique as the man that it is named. "No matter how horrible you are at golf because a bad day of golf is better than a good day at work and Jeff Shockley could make any bad day or a game of golf better with his contagious spirt and humor. This tournament will continue to honor him and how he wanted Poteau to continue to build it’s foundation, states Chris Ward Tournament Chairperson.”
Former Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley loved playing golf and being with friends and business prospects. He loved showing off the area and the 2 golf courses. The Chamber wants to honor his name and help support a scholarship named for Shockley at Carl Albert State College who passed away suddenly in May of this year. Just like his love for golf he loved doing projects that helped make Poteau a more attractive City naming Poteau “above the ordinary”. The Chamber has chosen to use some of the proceeds for the Jeff Shockley Economic Development Community Fund for the projects in progress. The City of Poteau and The Chamber are working on a flagpole and garden area that will be located on Broadway in front of The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. The Chamber Committee will look at other things needed downtown as well.
“Jeff Shockley had such a positive impact not only in his community and throughout the state we are happy to keep the legacy of his 20-year impact going. His passion was working with people and bringing the community together and building a strong foundation for Poteau’s future. Working with Jeff for the past years it honors me to carry on with what he loved, states Karen Wages, CEO.”
The tournament will be a 4-Man Team Scramble with Tee Time at 9:00 a.m. on September 25th at The Wolf Ridge Golf Club in Poteau. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams with added bonus putts and a chance to drive off the famous Watson Motors Potty Driver. Merchants in Poteau are donating items for a raffle. Team Forms and Sponsor forms are available at the Chamber and online at www.poteauchamber.com.
NORMAN – Oklahoma women's golfers Kaitlin Milligan and Libby Winans are in Rockville, Md., this week for the 120th U.S. Women's Amateur, the most prestigious amateur event in women's golf. The tournament tees off on Monday morning and runs through Sunday.
The event, held this year at Woodmont Country Club, features 132 of the best amateur golfers in the world. The golfers will play 36 holes of stroke play before the field is cut to 64 and the bracket is set for match play, which will be broadcast nationally on the Golf Channel.
Milligan and Winans are two of the most decorated Sooner golfers in program history, appearing in the Oklahoma women's golf record book over 50 times combined. The two own the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in career scoring average vs. par as Sooners, with Milligan carding a 1.08 vs. par and Winans a 1.22. The pair own the four lowest rounds in program history.
"I'm so excited and honored to be back at the Women's Amateur," Winans said. "It's a huge tournament and the USGA puts it on so well. It's exciting to be able to come and compete against some of the best competition that you can get. I've learned so much this past year, including that I need to just play with the game that I brought and to enjoy every second of it."
For Winans, she makes her return to the Women's Am, where she finished T22 in 2018 before falling in match play. The Richardson, Texas, native has shined as a Sooner on and off the course. As a freshman in 2018-19, she set the program record for the lowest freshman scoring average with a 72.59. She owns six top-10 finishes and three top-fives at Oklahoma, including a win at the 2019 Clover Cup.
Milligan, a senior from Norman, was crowned champion at the NCAA Norman Regional in 2019 and is ranked No. 58 in the Golfstat rankings. Her 2019-20 season scoring average of 71.40 is the lowest in OU history, as she continues to shine in the crimson and cream. She was named to Team USA's Arnold Palmer Cup team and has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Augusta National Women's Am preceding the Masters Tournament. The 2020 edition of the U.S. Am will be Milligan's third consecutive appearance in the event.
"Just really excited to be here and I'm glad we can still have the event with everything going on," Milligan said before her Sunday practice round. "I'm honored to be in the field considering there were no qualifying events because this is one of the most, if not the most, elite fields of the year. I'm excited to get out there and compete - it's been too long!"
The two will tee off on Monday in round one at Woodmont with Milligan hitting the tee box at 12:30 p.m. CT and Winans at 11:30 a.m. CT. Live scoring can be found on the USGA website.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference Council of Presidents unanimously approved a plan to delay the start of all intercollegiate athletic practices until the week of August 31, with the launch of competition postponed until the week of September 28.
Teams will play current GAC schedule grids when play resumes in late September. The GAC will formulate a plan to reschedule those games not played on the existing schedule - as well as the format for fall conference postseason events - following NCAA Division II action on the status of fall championships.
“This plan creates additional time to craft a safe and meaningful championship season for our student-athletes,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “It affords our members the ability to open their campuses for in-person learning and allows additional time for student-athletes to acclimate back to full athletic activity.”
The conference will continue to consult with campus medical professionals, outside consultants, and local public health officials to monitor the viability of playing conditions during the reopening of campuses.
“Our leadership has worked hard to find a path forward and join other NCAA Division II conferences that intend to compete this fall,” Prewitt said. “I'm cautiously optimistic about the return of GAC competition, but work remains to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, their families, coaches, and administrators.”
The Council has the ability to adjust its recommendation as necessary to protect the health and safety of all involved in GAC athletics. Conference administrators and the Council of Presidents will both meet weekly to address developments as they arise.
"The GAC Council of Presidents share a united voice in the decision we made today as we continue to search for ways to allow our student athletes to compete safely during this most challenging year,” said Harding President and GAC Council of Presidents Chairman Dr. Bruce McLarty. “This decision keeps hope alive that we will be able to compete this year. The safety of our students, our campuses, and the communities in which we live remains our top priority."
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Choctaw Country Club Announces Night Golf
We Tee off at 9:00 PM for 9 holes of Night Golf. Let's light up the night sky!!! ABCD Draw- Entry includes 1 LED Ball- yours to keep, Additional balls may be available for purchase before event- LIMITED AMOUNT. Encouraged to make sure your cell phone is charged, there will be NO additional lights on the course.
**MUST BE SIGNED UP BY NOON on JULY 18th.**
* This is open to the public.
* Cart rental is NOT included. (Reservations suggested)
* Cash only for entry $25.00 fee
* Club House will be open before and after event.
Please feel free to sign up in club house, by phone or on this post. We are Excited for this event!!!
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NORMAN — University of Oklahoma football student-athletes and staff underwent COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, July 15. Here is the latest test results data:
Total football players tested on July 15: 98 Total positive test results among players from July 15: 0 Active cases among players: 0 Recoveries among players: 16 Total number of staff tested on July 15: 30 Total positive test results among staff from July 15: 0 Active cases among staff: 0 Recoveries among staff: 2