4/28/2004 - Men's Golf
Owen Named Patriot League Golf Co-Coach of the Year
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Thirteenth-year Navy golf coach Pat Owen was named the 2004 Patriot League Co-Coach of the Year, along with Army's Jimmy Ray Clevenger, following the Patriot League Tournament held last weekend at the Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, N.Y. It marks the fifth time (1993, '95, '97, '98, '04) in Owen's career in which he has been named the league's coach of the year.
"Coach Owen is very deserving of this award," said senior captain Billy Hurley (Leesburg, Va.). "He is, in my opinion, not only the best coach in the Patriot League, but one of the best coaches in the country. He works hard to come up with creative practices and new ideas to improve the entire team's games. It's a shame that he is not honored more often for all that he does for Navy golf."
Owen has guided the Mids to four Patriot League Championships over the last six years, and in the 12 years the league championship has been held, Navy has finished lower than second just twice. Under his tutelage, five Navy players have been crowned the Patriot League Individual Champion since 1997, including this year's Patriot League Championship MVP Billy Hurley.
Navy finished among the top 10 in seven of the 11 meets over the course of the year, including a fifth-place finish at the Navy Spring Invitational in April. Navy finished second at the Service Academy Classic, its best finish in recent memory, while the Mids' 6.5-4.5 win over Army gave them their sixth-straight N-Star against their arch rivals.