By Jared Gallagher
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Oklahoma State golfer Kevin Tway and his father, Bob Tway, are the epitome of “like father, like son”. Kevin has become accustomed to winning. The Edmond, Okla. native has prevailed at every level of competition that he has been a part of.
What else would you expect from the son of a father who is a member of the PGA Tour and 1986 PGA Champion?
The similarities are endless, including their choice of sport and school. While Kevin is a junior at Oklahoma State, his father is a 1981 alum.
“I had always come to OSU with my family for basketball and football games growing up,” Kevin said. “It’s by far the best program in the area, so I wanted to come here and compete with the best.”
Bob Tway led the Cowboys to four straight NCAA Championship appearances and an individual Big 8 Championship in 1979. He garnered three consecutive First Team All-American honors (1979-81) and finished in the top 10 in 27 tournaments as a student-athlete.
Bob continued his success at the next level, winning eight PGA Tour events, including a victory at the 1986 PGA Championship. He holed out a bunker shot at the 18th green on the final day to secure a two-shot victory over golf legend Greg Norman.
With all his success at the collegiate and professional level, it was time for his son to show what he’s got in the bag.
“My dad would take me out on the course and he would let me do whatever I wanted,” Kevin said. “He never pushed me to play the sport. If I wanted to hit balls, we would hit balls. If I wanted to chase frogs, that’s what we would do.”
Kevin breezed through the competition in high school at Edmond North, winning the individual state championship both his junior and senior year. At the 2007 state championship, he posted rounds of 67 and 69 on his way to a six-shot victory, earning the first back-to-back individual state championships since 1981-82.
Even before his high school undertakings, Kevin was succeeding at the amateur level.
With his father by his side and his father’s teacher - E.J. Pfister - caddying for him, he won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur on his 17th birthday. The title earned him second team American Junior Golf Association All-American status.
The following year, he earned first-team honors following a semifinals appearance in his return visit to the U.S. Junior Amateur, which ended a day before his 18th birthday.
Following his father’s footsteps, Kevin enrolled at Oklahoma State in the fall of 2007. He wasted no time finding his place in the storied Cowboy golf program, picking up his first collegiate victory at the NCAA Central Regional.
He repeated his success in his sophomore campaign, winning the South Central regional. This time, his victory came on the Cowboys’ home course, Karsten Creek Golf Club. He posted an even-par 216 to take a one-shot victory.
“We play that course every day so I was just able to go out there and play like I know I can,” Kevin said. “It was nice to get the experience of hosting an event out there. We’re excited to host the NCAA National Championships next year.”
In his first two seasons as a Cowboy, Kevin picked up numerous honors, including two All-Big 12 selections.
In 2008, he competed alongside the world’s best at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He posted rounds of 75 and 78. He missed the cut at his first major championship by just four strokes.
As a junior, Kevin is already off to a blistering start for the Cowboys. He earned his third victory as a Poke at the Puerto Rico Classic, posting a career best 17-under at the 54-hole tournament.
He has finished in the top three in three of his last five events and the top 10 in five of the last seven. During one stretch of the season, Kevin posted sub-70 scores in six of nine rounds.
Kevin will lead Oklahoma State to the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas in his final tournament of the regular season on April 17-18. The Cowboys will compete in the Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas before looking to defend their NCAA Regional Championship.