Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Katherine Mowat, who was named the head women's golf coach at Ball State University Aug. 2, 2004, is in her ninth season at the helm of the program and has led the Cardinals to 12 tournament titles.
Mowat has guided Ball Sate to three consecutive top-3 finishes at the Mid-American Conference Championships, including a runner-up showing at the most recent event in 2012. Ball State's Jenna Hague won the tournament, joining Katie Sundberg in 2005 as Mowat-coached players to win MAC individual medalist honors.
In 2010-11, Mowat led the Cardinals to a third place finish at the MAC Championships. In addition, she guided Ball State to six top-10 tournament finishes.
In 2009-10, Mowat led the Cardinals to the school's first-ever second-place showing at the MAC Championships. As a reward for her efforts, Mowat was recognized by her peers as the MAC Coach of the Year, the first-ever awarded to a Ball State women's golf coach. In addition, she led Ball State to the tournament title at The Preview plus a second-place finish at the Cardinal Classic and a thid-place showing at the Saluki Invitational in 2009-10.
Mowat guided Ball State to one tournament crown in 2009-10, three tournament championships in 2008-09, four tournament wins in 2007-08 and one in 2005-06.
"Building this program has been an enjoyable experience," Mowat says. "To be able to mentor female student-athletes at a great place like Ball State has been a pleasure. The young women in this program know what is necessary to be successful as a student-athlete. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be, but we have a strong foundation of golfers and are looking forward to the challenge of winning a Mid-American Conference Championship."
In 2011, Brittany Kelly was named to the All-MAC First Team, while Katie Windlan was selected for the MAC All-Tournament Team. At the 2010 MAC Championships, Kelly was named to the All-MAC First Team after placing second, while Kelly and Rachael Pruett were each named to the All-MAC Tournament Team. Kirsty O'Connor, a senior on the 2009-10 squad, received the MAC's Sportsmanship Award. At the 2009 MAC Championships, Kelly was named to the all-conference second team after posting an 11th-place finish.
"We want student-athletes to have a great experience while here at Ball State," Mowat says. "It is important for us to be competitive, but academic success is the No. 1 priority. We have a program of young women who want to do well academically and athletically, and we are constantly striving for improvement and excellence in both areas. The academic support student-athletes receive at Ball State is outstanding, and we make a conscious effort to recruit great students who are great golfers."
Academically, the Cardinals continue to excel every year under Mowat's guidance.
In 2010-11, Kelly, Pruett and Windlan were each named National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholars. In 2009-10 four members of the team were named NGCA All-America Scholars, marking the second straight year Ball State has had four student-athletes honored by the NGCA. The Ball State women's golf team tallied a 3.549 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale and ranked 21st in the nation in 2009-10 in the NGCA rankings of top GPA's for women's collegiate golf programs. In 2010-11, the women's golf team managed a 3.591 GPA, which was the highest among Ball State's 19 intercollegiate athletic teams.
In 2008-09, the Ball State women's golf team managed a 3.438 cumulative grade-point average, which ranked second among the school's 19 intercollegiate athletics programs. In 2007-08, Ball State had three student-athletes named to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team. From 2002-07, Ball State's women's golf team placed at least three student-athletes each year on the NGCA All-America Scholar Team. The Cardinals' five selections in 2005-06 were the second-highest by any Division I team.
Mowat came to Ball State as the school’s head coach after spending three season as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi.
While at Mississippi, the Lady Rebels made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004 under the guidance of Mowat and Ole Miss head coach Meghan Bolger. As a team, Ole Miss registered six top-five finishes in 2003-04. The Lady Rebels placed first in the Waterlefe Invitational for the school’s first tournament title since the 2001-02 season. In addition, Mowat helped tutor former Ole Miss golfer Bernadette Luse, who qualified for the 2005 LPGA Tour and won the 2008 Golf Channel's Big Break.
In her final two collegiate seasons at Louisville, Mowat earned All-Conference USA accolades and was named to the league’s all-tournament team. She captured low-medalist honors at the 2000 conference meet and followed that performance by helping her team qualify for an NCAA Regional in 2001. In addition to playing, Mowat was highly successful in the classroom. In 2001, she was named to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team. A 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, Mowat was honored as a Conference USA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient plus was named to C-USA’s Honor Roll and Louisville’s Dean’s List.
Mowat continues to compete in various golf tournaments. She captured first-place honors in the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Mid-Am Championship in 2006 and again in 2007, while placing fourth in 2008. She finished fourth in the same event last summer. Mowat also fired a 71-74=145 to claim second place at the 2002 Tennessee Women’s Open in Dixon, Tenn. Mowat competed in the 2002 Ontario Women’s Amateur and Canadian Women’s Amateur, finishing in the Top 20 of both tournaments.
9th Season at Ball State
Family: Partner Mandy Harrison . . . one daughter - Myla Susan Mowat Harrison - born Dec. 18, 2011.
High School: Lester B. Pearson H.S. in Burlington, Ontario
College: University of Louisville (2001);
** 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year **
2004-Present: Head Women's Golf Coach at Ball State University
Other: Director of the Mississippi Golf Camps; Golf Instructor at Mississippi and Stanford Golf Camps; Instructor at the Longest Drive Junior Golf Program through the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie (2006-present)