Nine-time Patriot League Coach of the Year pat owenwho has led the Navy Men’s Golf Team for the past 32 years, has been promoted to Director of Men’s and Women‘s Golf, the Naval Academy Director of Athletics announced today Chet Gladchuk.
In this newly created role, Owen will continue to be the head professional at the Naval Academy Golf Club and oversee the men’s and women’s collegiate programs. Nadia Ste-Marie is in her 11th season as coach of the women’s team, while Navy will conduct a national search to find a candidate to succeed Owen as men’s coach.
“I am very grateful to Coach Owen for accepting the responsibility of overseeing virtually every aspect of our golf operations and programs,” Gladchuk said. “No one has more experience or a comprehensive understanding of the course, member management and the process involved in producing outstanding intercollegiate teams.
“Pat will continue to work closely with Nadia and the women’s team, while overseeing a newly appointed head coach for the men’s team. Pat’s new expanded responsibility is a huge step forward in addressing so many variables that come into in play in the extraordinary sphere of the Naval Academy Golf Association and the intercollegiate athletic program.He will continue to be our principal representative of this vast and expanding operation.
“I would like to thank the Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk and the Naval Academy for this incredible opportunity to lead our men’s and women’s golf teams, as we continue to elevate our programs and facilities to the next level,” said Owen. “It has been an honor to be the men’s golf coach for 32 years. years, and establish a winning legacy with so many great aspirants. Our players embody the definition of student-athletes, and the next step for our aspirants is to add a coach to our staff who can focus full-time on developing their skills.
“With the support of our administration and program sponsors, we have created an elite, championship-level environment within our Navy Golf family, and I am very pleased to help facilitate this transition. Our current players and incoming recruits are in a great position and I am confident they will enjoy continued success for many years to come.”
The most experienced coach among the Navy’s 35 college programs, Owen has earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors nine times (1993, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’04, ’08, ‘ 09, ’12 and ’18), including in the spring of 2018 when he guided the Midshipmen to their seventh Patriot League tournament title since 1998. In addition to his Patriot League laurels, he earned recognition from NCAA District II Coach of the Year in 1996.
Owen led the Midshipmen to seven NCAA regional appearances, including their 2018 NCAA Championship berth at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. In the spring of 1998, he guided the Midshipmen to a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Championship and their first NCAA regional appearance. Anchored by one of the most successful golfers in program history as an All-American Aaron Wright, Navy finished 19th at the East Regional held at Melrose Golf Course in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Just three years after Wright graduated from the Academy, Owen landed a rookie who would go on to become one of the nation’s top young amateur players and lead the Mids to a pair of NCAA regional appearances. Billy Hurley, a member of the 2005 Walker Cup team, came to the Academy in the 2000-01 academic year and quickly made a name for himself. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2003 that he came to national attention, where he fought for the No. 2 seed in the US Amateur. A four-time All-Patriot League draft pick and Patriot League MVP in 2004, Hurley became the first golfer to receive the Academy’s Thompson Trophy Cup, given to the contender who has done the most over the course of the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy. A 2004 Byron Nelson Award winner, he was one of the first two players to be named to the 2004 Palmer Cup and became the first player to represent a service academy in the annual Ryder Cup-style competition. Additionally, he was voted captain by his peers. Hurley was named Academic All-American, in addition to being named Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year following his senior campaign. Hurley earned his Tour card for the 2012 PGA Tour by finishing 25th on the 2011 National Tour money list. He won his first PGA Tour on June 26, 2016 at Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland.
Eight Navy players have won the individual Patriot League crown since 1997, including Charlie Musto (21) who paced the course with his par 2-under-par, 214 at Saucon Valley Golf Club in the Lehigh Valley in 2018 .
Additionally, Navy had five players who earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors under his tutelage. Charlie Musto (’21) is only the second golfer overall and the first from the Navy to win Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season when he won the 2018 crown by six strokes. David Hall (’14) had a nearly flawless performance in the 2011 championship, earning him a runner-up finish and Patriot League Rookie of the Year recognition.
Forty-three players have accounted for 69 All-Patriot League citations in its 32 years, including Wright (1994, ’95, ’96, ’97) and Hurley (2001, ’02, ’03, ’04) who are the only two in the Navy. four-time All-Patriot League winners.
Owen capped off his coaching career by winning his last Star Match against service academy rivals Army last September. Senior Nicolas Klock sank a four-foot-par putt on the first playoff hole to lead the contenders to a sudden death against the Black Knights at Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis. It was Owen’s 15th career star on the annual series.
In 2009, Owen was named the recipient of the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by EZ-GO in cooperation with the PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and community involvement has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and who represents the best qualities the game has to offer.
In February 2010, Owen was invited to appear before the Maryland General Assembly where he was presented with proclamations from then Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mike Busch, as well as retired Marine Corps Senator , Senator John Astle, congratulating him on his effort to win the national. award and serving as both teacher and role model for the thousands of aspirants who pass through the Academy.
Before being named the Navy’s head coach in 1991, Owen served as an assistant midshipman coach for four years.
Owen graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1981, where he captained the golf team in his senior year. After turning pro, Owen achieved national recognition with the highest score on the PGA of America’s Business School exam. Owen and his wife, Karen, are the parents of a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Noelle.
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