Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Bellefontaine’s Travis Fowler is serious about his golf, and his education as well.
Fowler believes he is getting the best of both worlds in making the decision to attend Urbana University.
“I really like their golf program,” said Fowler, who was a four-year letterwinner for the Chiefs. “I also really like their business management program. It is close to home and I really like the small class sizes, too.”
The Chieftain standout also considered Lourdes College in Sylvania, but was swayed to Urbana because of the proximity to Bellefontaine.
“It is going to be nice for me to stay close,” he said.
Fowler turned in a stellar final season for the Chiefs this fall. He averaged a 40.7 for nine holes. He earned first-team all-Central Buckeye Conference honors and accumulated the fourth most overall points in the CBC Kenton Trail division.
“Travis has been an asset to the Bellefontaine boys golf yeam for four years,” said BHS head coach Ryan Sawmiller. “He was a four-year letterman and improved drastically from year-to-year. As he grew physically his golf skills grew with him. From his junior to senior year, he took an unheard of 3.73 strokes off of his nine-hole average.
In another impressive accomplishment, Fowler was a three-time recipient of the CBC sportsmanship award.
“His leadership over the last two seasons has been impressive,” said Sawmiller. “Not only by his scoring average and how he conducts himself on the course, but also how he represents his school: in the classroom, in competition and outside in general society. He also prided himself on working with the younger golfers on the team to get better.”
Fowler began playing golf at a young age, but did not become passionate about it until high school.
“I would say I was more of a recreational golfer when I was younger,” said Fowler. “When I started playing in high school, I decided I really wanted to work hard to develop the skills I was given.”
At Urbana, Fowler aims to have success in the classroom and on the course.
“I definitely want to keep my grades up and do well with my classes,” he said. “In golf, I want to contribute to a team that is on the rise. They are making big strides as a program and I am glad I can be part of that rebuilding process.”
Urbana competes at the NCAA Division II level.
“Travis will fit into Urbana’s program well,” said Sawmiller. “It will undoubtedly be an adjustment for Travis as with any incoming freshman into being a college student/athlete, but he has the ability to develop into a leader in any circumstance he is in.
“Mark and Tammy Fowler have done a tremendous job raising Travis and I have been fortunate enough to help him grow the last four years into a remarkable student/athlete and just an overall student of the game of golf. He is always asking for drills and tips on how to get better at something.”