Women's Golf Spotlight: Jan Dowling
In the Spotlight: Jan Dowling
Women's Golf Releases 2013-14 Slate, Dowling Era to Begin Sept. 20
Sitting Down with Women's Golf Coach Jan Dowling
The 2013-14 season is the first in the Jan Dowling Era in Michigan women's golf. The first event is Sept. 20-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.
First-year head coach Jan Dowling sits down in this Q&A interview (Sept. 5, 2013).
Jan Dowling, who spent three seasons as the head coach at Florida before a short stint as an assistant at Tennessee, becomes the fifth coach in U-M women's golf history.
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No stranger to collegiate golf, Jan Dowling has spent the last decade continuing to show she is one of the up-and-coming women's golf coaches following a stellar career at Kent State and professionally. The 2016-17 season marks the fourth for Dowling with the U-M women's golf team.
Named the fifth women's golf coach in U-M history in the fall of 2013, Dowling has spent the last three seasons reshaping the Wolverine program. In year three, the hard work paid off as her Wolverines posted one of the top seasons in U-M history.
The 2015-16 season began with U-M capitalizing on a strong fall season as the Maize and Blue posted three top-five finishes in four events. The first half closed in record breaking fashion as the Wolverines shattered the 54-hole team record, establishing a new mark by 30 shots, following an 835 (-29) tally at the Las Vegas Showdown (Oct. 25-27). Earlier in the fall, U-M also set a new 36-hole team record by nine shots (584) at the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 20-22).
Carrying the fall's momentum into the spring, the postseason started with a sixth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships (April 22-24), leading to U-M's first NCAA regional bid in four years. With another sixth-place finish, the Maize and Blue advanced to the NCAA Finals for just the second time in program history. Heading to Eugene, Ore., and Eugene Country Club for a shot at the national title, the Wolverines tied for 18th -- just missing the first team cut by four shots.
In the end, Michigan finished the season averaging 295.56 per team round, becoming the first team to close a season with a sub-300 per round average. U-M posted five sub-par team totals, including a U-M-record 275 (-13) in the first round of the Las Vegas Showdown.
Dowling saw her first two Wolverines achieve All-Big Ten honors in 2016 as Grace Choi received first team honors while Catherine Peters was named to the second team. Academically, Choi and Megan Kim were selected as Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Scholars in 2015. In total, nine Wolverines have earned 12 Academic All-Big Ten honors citations during Dowling's tenure at U-M.
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Dowling served as an assistant coach at Tennessee under Judi Pavon following a three-year stint as the head coach at Florida. The Lady Volunteers posted two top-five finishes during the season, including a runner-up finish at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, and placed ninth at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships. Tennessee earned its 21st straight NCAA postseason bid, finishing ninth at the East Regional, and All-SEC first teamer Erica Popson advanced as an individual to the NCAA Finals.
During her time in Gainesville, Dowling led the Gators to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances, with a tie for 10th in 2011 and 12th-place finish in 2012. Florida made three straight NCAA regional appearances under Dowling, finishing 11th (2010), seventh (2011) and tied for fourth (2012). The Gators progressed in SEC play each year, taking fourth in the 2012 event.
Dowling coached her first Gator recruit, Camilla Hedberg, to 2012 All-America accolades from Golfweek (third team) and NGCA (honorable mention), as well as All-SEC second team and SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Mia Piccio earned Golfweek honorable mention All-America honors in 2011 under Dowling as well as back-to-back All-SEC second team (2011, '12) accolades. In 2010, Isabelle Lendl was an All-SEC second team selection and a member of the SEC All-Freshman team.
Prior to joining the Gators, Dowling served as an assistant coach with Duke under Dan Brooks, helping the Blue Devils to a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships. As the designated head coach, she coached the Blue Devils to a team win at the 2008 NGCA National Match Play Championship.
Following her three-year stint as a touring professional, she returned to her alma mater, Kent State, as an assistant coach in 2006, under Mike Morrow. She helped guide the Golden Flashes to their 10th consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship with back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. She helped individuals Kira Meixner (2007) and Kirby Dreher (2008) to MAC medalist honors.
Kent State maintained a top-25 ranking during Dowling's two years as an assistant and reached a high of 13th. She coached two Golfweek All-Americans, Tara Delaney (2007) and Dreher (2008), as the Golden Flashes claimed five tournament titles during her time as an assistant.
In addition to her duties with the women's golf team at Kent State, Dowling assisted the men's team and head coach Herb Page during KSU's postseason in 2008, in which the team finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish in school history.
From 2003-05 Dowling competed on the Futures Golf Tour and BMO Canadian Women's Tour, combining for six top-10 finishes. She qualified for the 2005 LPGA Tour Canadian Women's Open. She won the 2000 Canadian Amateur and was named the SCORE Golf Canadian Female Amateur of the Year. Dowling was a member of the Canadian Team for the 2002 World Golf Amateur Championships and was a member of the Ontario Amateur Team in 1999.
Dowling was a successful collegiate golfer while at Kent State (1998-2002). She was a member of the inaugural women's golf team at KSU and helped lead the team to four straight MAC championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. She compiled five career victories with the Golden Flashes, tied for second most in school history, and shares the school record with 25 top-10 finishes.
Dowling was the individual medalist two years in a row at the MAC Championship (1999, 2000). She was a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the 2000 MAC Player of the Year and the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year.
Off the course, Dowling was just as successful, earning multiple academic honors. She was named to the Academic All-MAC Team three times, the NGCA Division I All-Scholar Athlete Team, and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV At-Large Team. Dowling was also a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll and was named a MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 2001.
In 2002, she was voted "Woman of the Year" at Kent State and received the Janet Bachna Award as the KSU Female Athlete of the Year that same season. Dowling became the first Kent State women's golfer to be inducted into the Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dowling is also an accomplished golf instructor who has recently acquired her amateur status from the USGA, allowing her to compete in local, state and national events during the summer. In her continued desire to teach and coach at the highest level possible, Dowling recently pursued and received her Level One Trackman Certification.
Dowling has conducted numerous instructional clinics throughout the United States and Canada, and currently holds a Titleist Performance Institute Certification as a Golf Fitness Instructor (Level I) and is a former PGA of America Level II Apprentice (2006-11).
The Bradford, Ontario, native participated in the reality television golf series "Big Break III: Ladies Only" on the Golf Channel in the fall of 2005. She holds a bachelor's degree in leisure studies from Kent State (2002).
The Jan Dowling File
Born: September 26, 1980
Hometown: Bradford, Ontario, Canada
High School: Bradford District High School, 1999
College: Kent State University, 2002 (Leisure Studies)
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