HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Calumet senior Mat Bowen was one of 165 men’s golfers of the NAIA to be named a 2014-15 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, as released by the national office Friday.
Bowen (Catlin, Ill./Catlin), who graduated earlier this month with a degree in philosophy, earned his second-straight honor after meeting the criteria for the award, which includes a minimum 3.5 grade point average and at least a junior standing academically.
Bowen, a four-year letter winner for the fifth-year men’s golf program, left his mark on the Peregrines, as he stands second in the school record book in lowest two round score (148) and single-round score (72). He was also a scoring member and a big reason why Purdue Calumet set single team round (298) and two-day team round (609) school records this season.
Also a standout in the classroom, Bowen earned a 3.79 cumulative grade point average to capture the Howard Cohen Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at Purdue Calumet’s Final Flight student-athlete awards banquet held in April.
Bowen has plans to enter the seminary after graduation.
The NAIA is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.