2009-10: Recorded eight rounds at par or better ... Had two top-10 finishes on the year ... Helped the 'Cats win the overall title at the Navy Fall Classic with a sixth-place finish ... Placed seventh at his hometown Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in April ... Went 2-2 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship to help lead NU to the team title ... Played in all 11 stroke play events this year, averaging a career-best single-season score of 74.15 per round ... Shot a season-low 69 in the first round of the David Toms Intercollegiate ... GCAA Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008-09: Had several breakout performances during the year as Northwestern's No. 3 golfer, including holding a tie for the lead following the first round of the 2009 NCAA National Championships ... Finished the year with a career-best 74.16 stroke average, lowering his previous mark by 1.16 strokes ... Had a career-best second-place finish at the FAU Spring Break Championship after opening with a career-best 4-under 67 and following that up with a 68 in the second round ... Fired another score of 67 with a 3-under performance in the second round of NU's next tournament at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic ... Finished 14th at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate to help the Wildcats capture the team title ... Shot an even-par 72 in the opening round at the exceptionally tough Karsten Creek Golf Club during the NCAA South Central Regional to help NU advance to the NCAA Championships ... Again had a phenomenal opening round at the NCAA Championships, firing a 2-under 69 at the Inverness Club to share the first-round lead with the eventual national champion ... Recorded four rounds in the 60's and six of par or better on the year ... GCAA Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007-08: Played in three fall tournaments with his best finish coming at NU's Windon Memorial Classic where he placed 14th ... Competed in the Windon as an individual and not part of NU's team contingent ... Opened the Windon with rounds of 69 and 70 ... Placed 23rd at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge ... Took part in seven spring tournaments, placing in the top 20 three times ... Tied for seventh place at a Dual Match against Jacksonville in the spring season ... Shot a 69 in the second round of the Notre Dame Spring Invitational, earning a 12th place finish ... Shot (-1) in the opening round of the Big Ten Championship, finishing in 13th place ... Finished the season with a 75.32 stroke average.
2006-07: A solid contributor for the Wildcats right out of the gate, earning three top-10 and one top-20 finish in his first four collegiate events ... Ended the season with a 75.60 stroke average -- third-best on the team ... Tied with his teammate David Merkow for the team-high in top-10 finishes with three ... Tallied one more top-20 finish in the spring at the Kepler Intercollegiate (14th) ... Best finish of year came at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, where he fired three rounds of 75 or lower to earn a fourth-place finish ... Fired six rounds of par or better, highlighted by shooting his low round of 70 on three different occasions.
High School: 2005 Ohio High School individual state champion ... Led Bishop Watterson to the team title in the 2004, finishing in second individually ... Qualified for the 2005 USGA Junior Amateur and advanced to the second round of match play ... Finished second, fifth and 10th in the three AJGA events he played in 2005 ... First-team all-Central Catholic League for all four years of high school ... First-team all-district in 2004 and 2005 ... District MVP in 2005 ... 2004 and '05 Suburban News Boys Golfer of the Year ... Ohio High Magazine Man of the Year in Boys Golf for 2005 ... Team MVP in 2004 and '05 ... Team co-captain from 2004-06 ... Played against former NU golfers and teammates Chris Wilson and Kyle Moore in high school, and current Wildcat David Lipsky in junior events ... Senior class president ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Jonathan William Bowers ... Son of Rose and Bill Bowers ... Chose Northwestern over Ohio State, TCU, Xavier and Miami (Ohio) ... Majoring in history.
Bowers' Career Statistics
Year Rounds Strokes Average Low
2006-07 35 2646 75.60 70
2007-08 28 2109 75.32 69
2008-09 31 2299 74.16 67
2009-10 33 2447 74.15 69
Career 127 9501 74.81 67