NEW YORK – Columbia director of golf and head men’s golf coach Rich Mueller has announced that one of the top prep golfers in the state of Florida plans to enroll at Columbia in the fall of 2011. Two-time Northwest Florida Daily News Player of the Year Brandon Jowers has committed to play collegiate golf for the Lions.
“Brandon is what I consider a diamond in the rough," Mueller says. "His tournament experience, although more regionally based, has been dominating."
Jowers took home medalist honors at five amateur tournaments in 2010, including an impressive 67-68 finish at the Florida Junior Team Championship on August 7-8. The Floridian also fired rounds of 67 and 69 to nab the Daily News Junior Classic title on July 14-15.
One of Jowers' most remarkable accomplishments to date was his incredible final round at the United States Golf Association Junior Amateur Qualifier in Birmingham, Ala. on June 21. The Fort Walton Beach, Fla. native fired an eight-under par 64 at Riverchase Country Club to come within one stroke of alternate status at the prestigious event.
"Many of Brandon's recent scores highlight his ability to shoot under par in
important tournaments," Mueller concludes. "That speaks volumes about his tenacity and
ability to concentrate.”
A four-year letterwinner and three-time captain at Choctawhatchee High School, Jowers finished sixth at the Florida High School Athletic Association Boy’s Golf State Championship as a sophomore. As a senior this past fall, Jowers captured the individual title at the regional tournament at Panama Country Club to earn his second trip to the state championship.
The Lions, who will be looking to capture their fourth straight Ivy League title this spring, begin their 2011 campaign on March 14-15 at the Triumph at Pauma Valley Tournament, hosted by the University of San Francisco.