Kelli Bowers - Golf
Kelli Bowers, second from the left poses with some of her international rivals at the Junior Nationals held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
Kelli Bowers is a Husky
by Richard Uhlhorn & Dave Rogge
Chelan High School senior Kelli Bowers has always wanted to be a Husky and her dream came true last week when the University of Washington head golf coach, Mary Lou Mulfur, called Kelli and asked if she wanted to be a Husky.
Kelli had been offered a spot on the team earlier in the year, but no scholarship. Then Kelli qualified for the Callaway Junior Worlds at Torrey Pines in San Diego by playing 36 straight holes in Tumwater, tying for first place and shooting a 2-over par game. This qualified her and three other Washington junior golfers to represent Washington State at the Junior Worlds.
In an email to Dave Rogge after the Junior Worlds, Kelli stated:
"I shot 74, 83, 79 and the par was 74. I believe I got 53rd out of 130 world participants, and was in the top 20 for U.S. players.
Overall, the experience was amazing and definitely a once in a life time thing.
I had tons of coaches interested in me, and was going to
pursue all different colleges, but I verbaled to the
University of Washington yesterday morning.
"It was a wonderful week down there," said Kelli's mom Carol. "She did really well and there were tons of coaches swarming us... it was like a snowball," she said. The coaches were all asking why Kelli wasn't on their radar which had a lot to do with Kelli's injury last year more than her golfing ability.
"The coaches were so impressed with Kelli. We had so many emails and text messages about how she interacted with the girls in her round," said Bowers. Kelli had 16 schools offering scholarships. "So Mary Lou sees what's happening, flies down, walks with us for three holes and then tells Kelli, 'I have three years for you on a full ride.' "
That offer became a four year full ride scholarship, and Kelli verbally committed to Coach Mulfur she would accept the U of W offer.
"People are talking about after college," said Bowers. "So Kelli is flying really high and we have to keep reminding her that she has one more year as a Goat."