Manown opts for Ohio junior college
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Belle Vernon Area senior Kirby Manown was being courted by a handful of schools to play golf in college.
This week, he picked Owens College, a junior college near Toledo, Ohio.
Manown picked Owens for several reasons.
“They offered me a full ride and although they have only had their golf program for seven years, they have been in the NJCAA national championship five times,” Manown said. “That's a program I'd like to be a part of.”
Manown said he also hopes to be at Owens for a year before moving to a larger school to finish his education.
“The coach (at Owens) told me I'll probably only be there a year,” he said. “I just want to ease into the college experience academically and try to win a national championship for Owens.”
Manown was also being courted by Lewis University (Ill.), Muskingum University (Ohio), Wittenberg University, Johnson and Wales (Fla.) and Allegheny College at Meadville. Lewis University is a Division II school while Muskingum and Wittenberg are both Division III schools.
Manown reached the WPIAL finals three times in his career at BVA with his highest finish being fourth as a junior.
He is the son of Kirby Manown, of Belle Vernon, and Terri Burnsworth, of Uniontown. He is also the grandson of Karen Manown, of Belle Vernon.
He credited his dad with being a driving influence behind his success as a golfer, traveling with him to participate in tournaments all over the country.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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