Dec. 12, 2013
Northwestern is unveiling its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 this week. Check back each day this week as we reveal another member in the newest class that has been selected to receive Northwestern's highest athletic honor. These elite Wildcats will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame weekend Feb. 7-8, 2014.
The Athletic Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1984 to honor former athletes, coaches and administrators who have helped establish a proud tradition in intercollegiate competition at Northwestern. Individuals are eligible for Hall of Fame recognition beginning five years after their final competition at NU. For more information and to view the complete membership, visit NUsports.com Hall of Fame website.
|NU Athletic Hall of Fame - Class of 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Three-time All-American, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and 1995 Big Ten champion Scott Rowe, who competed for the Wildcats from 1993-97, has been elected to the NU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013.
Rowe was the leader in a resurgence of Northwestern men's golf in the mid 1990s. Playing for a program that had been to the NCAA National Championships just once in the 30 years prior to his arrival, Rowe led the Wildcats back to the national stage where NU would finish in seventh place in his final season.
"Scott Rowe was instrumental in the modern resurrection of our golf program," said head coach Pat Goss, who was an assistant for much of Rowe's career before taking over as NU's head coach midway through Rowe's senior season. "He made an incredible and profound effect on our program immediately. By the time he graduated, our team had progressed from just missing NCAA selection to just missing advancing to the NCAA finals to finishing 7th at the NCAA Championship in his final season. This progress in our program was directly correlated to Scott's leadership as a player."
"Being inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame means so much," Rowe said. "The four years of my life at Northwestern were tremendous and this is a special way for me to share those years with my sons. I am excited to be able to bring them to basketball games and show them my plaque in the Hall of Fame."
Rowe began his career in roaring fashion, earning Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year honors in 1994 while collecting his first-collegiate victory at the Northern Intercollegiate and an honorable mention All-America accolade.
As a sophomore in 1995, Rowe stepped up to capture Big Ten Player of the Year honors again after winning the Big Ten individual title, one of three tournament victories he racked up during a first-team All-America campaign. He qualified for the NCAA National Championships as an individual that season, finishing 11th in the nation.
Rowe picked up his third All-America accolade in 1996-97 when he won two more tournament titles. He again qualified for the NCAA finals field, this time next to his teammates. The Wildcats were among the leaders after each round of the NCAA Championships before ending up in a tie for seventh place -- at the time NU's best national finish since 1951.
Rowe was named an All-Big Ten honoree in all four of his collegiate seasons. All told, he won six individual tournament titles, second only to Luke Donald's 13 individual titles in program history. Donald arrived in Evanston the year after Rowe graduated and continued the upward trajectory of the program started by Rowe. Donald and Rowe now stand alongside each other in the NU Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Luke's experience in college and to this day has added so much validation and prestige to having played golf at Northwestern," Rowe said. "He has done more for Northwestern golf than anyone."
"I feel honored to have had the opportunity to coach Scott, and Northwestern Golf will always be indebted to Scott for his incredible contribution to our program," Goss said. "Scott followed Jim Benepe and ultimately paved the way for players such as Luke Donald and Matt Fitzpatrick to embark upon great careers at Northwestern. He is incredibly deserving of his induction into the Hall of Fame."
After graduating from Northwestern, Rowe embarked on a nearly four-year professional career split among several different Tours. He has since reclaimed his amateur status and competes annually in several major tournaments such as the Mid-South or USGA Mid-Amateur championships.
After leaving the professional golf ranks, Rowe earned his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and now works as a business development leader for Ernst & Young, where golf plays an important role in his work building relationships.
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