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January 14, 2011

Oklahoma St. quarterback walks on to golf team

Posted at 1:58 PM by Alan Bastable | Categories: College Golf

Oklahoma State's all-conference quarterback Brandon Weeden announced during a news conference this week that he's sticking around for another season in Stillwater. The more surprising news came hours later — via a Tweet: Weeden_600x399

"I forgot to mention I'm also the newest member of the OSU golf team!!!!" Weeden wrote on his Twitter page. "Proud to be part of something special! Football and Golf!!!!"

Weeden, who does not appear to carry an official handicap with the USGA, will join the squad as a walk-on. The OSU golf coach, Mike McGraw, told The Oklahoman that some of his players tee it up regularly with Weeden and have been impressed by his swing.

"They like his game," McGraw said. "Now am I saying he's going to lead us to a national championship? Probably not."

Weeden, 27, is more than just a two-sport athlete. In 2002, he was drafted as a pitcher by the New York Yankees. He played on the Yankees' Single A squad before the team traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Weeden joins a crop of high-profile football players who have crossed over to golf's elite ranks in recent months. Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice played a couple of events on the Nationwide Tour last year — albeit with dire results. And in June, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

After posting the news on his Twitter feed, Weeden quickly received a word of encouragement from Hunter Mahan, the three-time PGA Tour winner and a fellow Okie.

"Good luck this year!" Mahan tweeted. "I'll be keeping up with ya!"

Special Section: Golf and Football

(Photo: John Biever/SI)

 

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