Stark Caps Sterling Career with Nicklaus Award

By Wes McKinzie (98)

Being the best golfer in the nation has its perks.

OC senior Oscar Stark had the chance to meet Jack Nicklaus after winning the 2011 NAIA championship and helping lead the Eagles to the national team title.

The golf legend personally presented Stark with the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award as the GCAA Collegiate Player of the Year for the NAIA. The ceremony was held during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

“It was truly amazing to be able to meet the best golfer of all time in person. Words cannot explain how cool it was to get this opportunity. This definitely was proof of all the hard work I put in through the years,” Stark said.

Stark also earned the Arnold Palmer Award presented by Callaway and was a PING first-team All-America selection for the third straight year. 

The Swedish native, who hopes to play professionally here in the United States, won three tournaments and totaled eight top-10 finishes in his senior season. The finance major also earned his second NAIA Scholar-Athlete award after maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

“Even though I have put in a lot of work to become a better golfer, my academic work has always been more important,” Stark said. “I believe I have been able to perform well both on and off the course by being organized and committed to achieve these goals.”

Fall 2011

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