Bowie Young inducted Univ. of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor

AUSTIN, Texas -- Five distinguished former University of Texas student-athletes and a current administrator will be inducted this fall into the UT Women's Athletics Hall of Honor, the Women's Hall of Honor Committee announced Thursday. The 12th Longhorn Women's Hall of Honor class includes: Cat Osterman, three-time softball National Player of the Year and 2004 Olympic gold medalist; Sanya Richards-Ross, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time NCAA Champion in track; Kelly (Wilson) Schmedes, two-time soccer All-American; Heather Bowie Young, golf's 1997 NCAA individual champion; Kim Basinger, a finalist for the first-ever Wade Trophy and the first basketball student-athlete to commit to legendary Texas coach Jody Conradt; and Chris Plonsky, current UT women's Athletics Director.

The Class of 2011 will be inducted at an 11:30 a.m. Central ceremony and luncheon on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. They will be enshrined during ceremonies at the Texas-Kansas State football game the following day. Tickets to the Friday luncheon are $35 and available by calling the T-Association at (512) 471-6340. Interested patrons may also sponsor a table of 10 for $450.

Bowie Young was a two-time All-American at Texas who claimed individual medalist honors at the 1997 NCAA Championship. She received the Honda Broderick Award as the Collegiate Female Golfer of the Year and was a co-recipient of the Marilyn Smith Award as the National Senior Female Golfer of the Year in 1997. Bowie Young, who also won the individual title at the 1997 Big 12 Championship while leading UT to the first-ever team title in the league's history, earned first-team All-America and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year accolades as a senior. She claimed second-team All-America honors as a junior in 1996, helping the Longhorns win the final Southwest Conference team championship and place third at the NCAA Championships. Bowie Young transferred to Texas after spending two years at Arizona State, where she earned first-team All-America honors in both her freshman (1994) and sophomore seasons (1995) and helped the Sun Devils capture back-to-back NCAA team titles. She has been a member of the LPGA since 2000 and has over $3 million in career earnings and a victory at the 2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

The six inductees were selected by the 21-member UT Women's Athletics Hall of Honor Selection Committee. The committee is chaired by Dr. Jim Deitrick, professor of accounting in the Red McCombs School of Business. In addition to Deitrick and Plonsky, the committee includes: Tina Bonci, Beverly Bowes Hackney, Brad Buchholz, Jody Conradt, Stephanie DeMunbrun, Dr. Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Mary Herman, Courtney Houston, Becky Marshall, Howard Nirken, Sonia Perez, Lynn Pool, Dr. Robert Prentice, Dr. Randa Ryan, Sally Schlobohm Tan, Jill Sterkel, Craig Way, Lynn Wheeler and Joan Whitworth.

Heather Bowie Young (Golf, 1995-97)
(B.B.A. Finance, The University of Texas, 1997)

The 1997 NCAA individual champion and National Player of the Year, Bowie Young is one of the top golfers in school history. Bowie Young began her collegiate career at Arizona State, where she earned first-team All-America honors in both her freshman (1994) and sophomore seasons (1995) and helped the Sun Devils capture back-to-back NCAA team titles. After transferring to Texas, she helped the Longhorns win the final Southwest Conference team championship and place third at the NCAA Championships as a junior in 1996. Bowie Young earned second-team All-America and first-team All-SWC honors in her junior season. She capped off her collegiate career in 1997 by claiming individual medalist honors at the NCAA Championship and the Big 12 Championship. Bowie Young claimed the Honda Broderick Award as the Collegiate Female Golfer of the Year and was a co-recipient of the Marilyn Smith Award as the National Senior Female Golfer of the Year. She also earned first-team All-America and Big 12 Player of the Year accolades while leading Texas to the first Big 12 team title in 1997. During the second round of the 1997 NCAA West Regional, she fired a 67 to set a then-UT record for lowest 18-hole score. Bowie Young also found success in the classroom, earning GTE/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America accolades as a sophomore (1995) at Arizona State and as a senior (1997) at Texas. An Academic All-SWC first-team choice as a junior and an Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection as a senior, Bowie Young earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance from The University of Texas' McCombs School of Business in December 1997. She turned professional in 1997 and played on the Futures Tour until 2000, when she qualified for the LPGA. A member of the 2003 U.S. Solheim Cup team, Bowie Young claimed victory at the 2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic and recently went over the $3 million mark in career earnings on the LPGA. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, Jeremy.

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