A week before the 2006 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, first-year head coach Mike McGraw said that he liked his team but that they hadn’t necessarily played as well as they were capable this spring.

With just one senior in the lineup, all the Cowboys did was win the NCAA Championship — the 10th in program history — and also claim the individual champion in redshirt-freshman Jonathan Moore.

It wasn’t completely unexpected as McGraw’s first team won four tournaments and never finished lower than fourth all season. A pretty good start to a career that follows Mike Holder, the coach at O-State for 32 seasons and winner of eight national titles.

On Tuesday, the Golf Coaches Association of America rewarded McGraw by naming him the Eaton Golf Pride Dave Williams Award winner as the national coach of the year.

“I’m humbled by this honor and want to thank the kids on the team,” said McGraw, who was named the national assistant coach of the year in 2003. “I especially want to thank Alan Bratton, my assistant, who did more than you can imagine to help this team.”

O-State finished the season with three straight victories — The Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate, the Central Regional and the NCAAs.

“Coach Holder always said the best team doesn’t necessarily win, but I really feel like we had one of the better teams in the (NCAA) field.” McGraw said. “We got a break with the weather in the third round. We handled it better than everybody else and that’s what good teams do. ”

At the NCAAs, played in Sunriver, Ore., last week, the Cowboys edged Florida by three strokes. It was the “top” award for the season, but certainly not the last.

• With his medalist performance in Sunriver, Moore earned the Arnold Palmer Award. He also added the Phil Mickelson Award, given to the nation’s outstanding freshman.

• Sophomore Pablo Martin, fifth at the NCAAs, was given the Jack Nicklaus Award as the national player of the year.

• Senior Zack Robinson claimed the Byron Nelson Award, based on golf, academics and citizenship over a collegiate career.

• Moore and Martin were both named first-team All-Americans. Just two days after the NCAA Championship, the duo went to a playoff to determine the winner in a U.S. Open Sectional qualifier. Moore edged his teammate and will be part of the 156-player field at Winged Foot.

• Also on Tuesday, the Southern Golf Association, located in Birmingham, Ala., named Moore as the National Amateur of the Month. The March-October monthly award is selected from amateur performances throughout the U.S. in all age groups by a national blue-ribbon panel of golf officials, coaches and journalists.

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