UNC Men's Golf Bio
 Michael McGowan

General Info: Majoring in Management ... named to 2012 ACC Honor Roll ... selected to 2011 PING All-East Region Team ... comes from a golfing family ... father, Pat, plays on the Champions Tour while mother, Bonnie (Bell) played for the Tar Heels 1977-79 ... his grandmother, Peggy Kirk Bell, is a golfing legend and a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Golf Hall of Fame.

Fall 2012: A starter in all five of Carolina's tournaments ... notched his best performance at the Tar Heel Intercollegaite where he placed third ... was also the top Tar Heel at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, tying for eighth place ... tied for 33rd at the Rod Myers Invitational, tied for 42nd at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and tied for 51st at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate ... finished the fall with a 72.67 stroke average ... fired four under-par rounds, three in the 60s, and three even par rounds.

2011-12: Named to ACC Honor Roll ... a starter in all 11 of Carolina's tournaments ... led the Tar Heels at the ACC Championships where he tied for 18th place ... top performance came at the River Landing intercollegiate where he tied for fifth place ... carded six additional top-30 finishes - tied for 11th place at the VCU Shootout, tied for 15th at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, tied for 19th at the USF Invitational, tied for 21st at the Rod Myers Invitational, tied for 27th at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and tied for 29th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate ... tied for 46th at the Puerto Rico Classic, tied for 51st at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and tied for 58th at the Seminole Intercollegiate ... led the team with a 73.56 stroke average ... fired 11 under-par rounds, four in the 60s, and three even par rounds ... fired a low round of 68 on three occasions.

2010-11: Competed in 11 tournaments for North Carolina ... selected to 2011 PING All-East Region Team ... carded eight top-25 finishes ... fired two third-place finishes - at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, the final event of the fall campaign, and the Seahawk Intercollegiate, the first event of the spring ... at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate where he led the Tar Heels to the team title, he tallied 18 birdies en route to a career-best 13-under 203 total ... tied his career-low round on consecutive days, firing a 66 in the second and third rounds ... Carolina's low finisher at the ACC Championships, tying for 10th place ... was the low Tar Heel at the Schenkel Invitational, tying for 13th place ... tied for 17th at the Wolfpack Spring Open and tied for 20th at the Irish Creek Collegiate where he was the top Tar Heel performer ... received a bid to compete in the NCAA South Central-Colorado Regional where he tied for 24th place, playing as an individual ... also tied for 24th place at the International Collegiate, the first event of the fall campaign ... tied for 27th at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in the fall and tied for 29th at the Seminole Intercollegiate in the spring where he and Henry Zaytoun were the top Tar Heels ... tied for 60th at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercolletgiate ... led the Tar Heels with a 72.83 stroke average ... carded eight rounds under par, three in the 60s and six even par rounds.

2009-10: Competed in all 11 of Carolina's tournaments ... top finish in the fall was a tie for fifth place at the Maryland Intercollegiate, his first tournament as a Tar Heel ... carded a one-under-par 212 total after firing a two-under 69 in the second round ... carded three top-20 finishes in the spring, the best being a tie for seventh at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate ... fired a career-low 66 in the final round ... tied for 11th place at the River Landing Intercollegiate and was the low Tar Heel, tying for 20th at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational ... tied for 36th at the ACC Championships ... competed in the NCAA South Central Regional and carded a 10-over 226 total ... 73.75 stroke average for the year ...carded six under-par rounds, including three in the 60s.

Amateur: Tied for 10th place at 2012 North Carolina Amateur ... tied for 16th at 2012 N.C. Open and tied for 22nd at 2012 North and South Amateur ... played in 2012 U.S. Amateur ... tied for fourth place at 2012 New Year's Invitational in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... advanced to third round of match play at 2011 North and South Amateur ... tied for 16th at 2011 North Carolina Amateur ... tied for 18th at 2011 Players Amateur in Hilton Head after tying for 16th in 2010 ... tied for 33rd at 2010 North and South Amateur and qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur ... tied for first and lost in a playoff at 2010 New Year's Invitational ... Winner of 2009 Dogwood State Junior Championship ... runner-up at 2009 Big "I" Junior Classic ... tied for first and lost in a playoff at 2009 Golf Pride Junior Classic after finishing third in 2008 ... finished 10th at 2008 North and South Junior Amateur after being the runner-up in 2007 ... tied for 15th at 2009 Cardinal Amateur ... tied for fifth at 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur ... advanced to match play at 2006 U.S. Amateur as a 15-year old ... quarter-finalist at 2007 U.S. Junior.

Prep: Four-time golf letterman at The O'Neal School ... six-time all state and six-time all conference ... conference player of the year in 2008 and 2009 ... N.C. 2A State Champion in 2006 and 2009 and was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008 ... also leading scorer on soccer team and second-leading scorer on basketball team.

More on McGowan

Birthday: October 22, 1990

Career competitive round: 65, 2012 New Year's Invitational, St. Petersburg Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Favorite course: Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

Favorite golfer: Tiger Woods

Why I chose Carolina: Who wouldn't if they had the opportunity to attend the most prestigious athletic and academic school in the country?

Talents I have outside of golf: Picking up sports that I've never tried; dancing

Person I admire the most and why: My grandma, Peggy Kirk Bell. She was one of the most influential ladies in the game of golf and still is at 91-years-old!

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

My greatest sports moment: Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur at age 15 and advancing to match play

Hobbies: Dancing, playing video games, darts, ping-pong, soccer, basketball, swimming, hanging out and watching movies

To get ready for a tournament, I like to: Practice wedge shots and pitches around the greens alone

The best thing about going to school at Carolina is: The atmosphere along with the fact that there is so much camaraderie in both sport and academics makes It so great

The best-tasting food I make is: Banana bread and fettuccini alfredo

Favorite vacation spot: Bald Head Island, N.C.

McGowan's Tournament Results

Fall 2009

Maryland Intercollegiate 73-69-70-212 (T5)

Gary Koch Intercollegiate 73-72-76-221 (T51)

Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges 71-75-77-223 (46)

UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate 75-75-75-225 (T58)

Spring 2010

Seahawk Intercollegiate 79-77--156 (T46)

Seminole Intercollegiate 74-76-75--225 (T38)

Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational 74-72-72--218 (T20)

River Landing Intercollegiate 73-68-73--214 (T11)

Wolfpack Intercollegiate 81-70-66--217 (T7)

ACC Championships 77-72-74--223 (T36)

NCAA South Central Regional 74-76-76--226 (T49)

Fall 2010

International Collegiate 84 (T24)

Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridgers 72-75-73--220 (T27)

UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate 71-66-66--203 (3)

Spring 2011

Seahawk Intercollegiate 72-74-72-218 (3)

Seminole Intercollegiate 73-71-75-223 (T29)

Schenkel Invitational 70-74-72-216 (T13)

Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate 78-73-78-229 (T60)

Irish Creek Collegiate 74-70-73-217 (T20)

Wolfpack Spring Open 77-72-149 (T17)

ACC Championships 73-70-71-214 (T10)

NCAA South Central-Colorado Regional* 72-71-73-216 (T24)

Fall 2011

Wolverine Intercollegiate 68-74-73-219 (T27)

VCU Shootout 70-68-74-212 (T11)

Rod Myers Invitational 75-70-79-224 (T21)

Jack Nicklaus Invitational 74-83-79-236 (T51)

UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate 75-72-147 (T15)

Spring 2012

Puerto Rico Classic 75-73-77-225 (T46)

USF Invitational 71-73-74-218 (T19)

Seminole Intercollegiate 76-77-70-223 (T58)

Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate 70-72-81-223 (T29)

River Landing Intercollegiate 71-68-72-211 (T5)

ACC Championship 69-76-71-216 (T18)

Fall 2012

Carpet Capital Collegiate 69-69-74-212 (T8)

Tar Heel Intercollegiate 72-68-72-212 (3)

Rod Myers Invitational 75-75-72-222 (T33)

Wolfpack Intercollegiate 75-77-73-225 (T42)

Royal Oaks Intercollegiate 76-70-73-219 (T51)

*Competed as an individual


McGowan's Statistics

Year T RDS RDS CT PCT PAR -PAR 60s LO STK AVG
2009-10 11 32 29 90.6 4 6 3 66 2360 73.75
2010-11 11 30* 25 92.6 6 8 2 66 2185 72.83
2011-12 11 32 27 84.4 3 11 4 68 2354 73.56
Fall 2012 5 15 11 73.3 3 4 3 68 1090 72.67
Total 38 109* 92 86.8 16 29 12 66 7989 73.29
*Competed 3 rounds as an individual

Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Southern Pines, N.C.
High School: O'Neal
McGowan Photos:
UNC North Carolina Men's Golf


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