Meredith Knight Rowsey
Thompson in 12-way tie for 10th
Herd tied for seventh in 12-team field
Herd makes nine-stroke improvement in final round
Simsiriwong leads Herd with 12th-place round
Women's golf moves up five spots, finishing 25th
Meredith Knight Rowsey's enters her 11th season as the head coach of the women's golf program for the 2013-14 season.
Knight Rowsey came to Marshall in 2001 to serve as Joe Feaganes assistant with the men's team, becoming the first full-time assistant coach in school history. The women's program, after a 20-year absence, was then re-launched the next season. After two years of overseeing the establishment of the program, Feaganes handed the reins of the women's teamto Knight Rowsey in 2004.
From 2009-2011, Knight Rowsey saw Tammie Green's 1981-82 stroke average record, 77.5, be tied by Larie Lynch (2009-10) and surpassed by Allison Harper (2010-11). Harper carded a season average of 77.3, while Rachel Thompson finished at 81.1. The young Thundering Herd battled injuries to earn five top-five finishes during the 2010-11 season.
As it entered into its fifth year since its re-birth, the women's golf program had undergone numerous improvements under Knight Rowsey, including integration into a challenging new field of competition in Conference USA. The Herd won its first-ever team title and medalist honor, since 2002, in the 2005-06 season-opening Lady Herd Fall Invitational. Marshall scored a 27-stroke victory in the event while Allyson Hatcher registered a two-stroke win over teammate Amber Churchill, with two other MU golfers placing in the top-five. Since Marshall also received a team medalist honor at the First Market Bank Intercollegiate during the 2007-08 season.
Knight Rowsey, a native of Jacksboro, Texas, was MVP of her high school team from 1990-94 and competed in the state championships as a senior. She later pioneered the women's program at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, as team MVP while twice being named the team's most inspirational player. After transferring to New Mexico State University, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a degree from the school's professional golf management program. She was a Clubs for Kids volunteer during her time at NMSU and was named Outstanding Female PGM Student in 1999. She also played for the Roadrunner golf team in 1998-99.
During college, Knight Rowsey served as an assistant manager at Golf USA which sparked her interest to work in the golf industry. She landed a job at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, before transferring to NMSU to `major in golf.' Later, two summer seasons were spent at Legend Lake GC in Chardon, Ohio. At both clubs Knight Rowsey launched and taught junior golf programs that featured ladies' academies. In Fort Worth she was active in teaching golf at an inner city youth program. In 2000, Knight Rowsey accepted an Assistant Golf Professional position at Dallas Country Club where her main priorities were merchandising, individual lessons, junior golf and women's golf promotion.
Aside from her responsibilities with Marshall golf, Knight Rowsey was an instructor for the Joe Feaganes Junior Golf Camp in 2002 and the sole instructor in 2003. She was a golf instructor at the Maine Golf Academy in the summer of 2002 and a golf instructor at the River Crest CC day camp in the summer of 2003. She also taught golf classes for Marshall in the fall of 2004 and 2005. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate College at Marshall pursuing a M.S. in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis on Athletic Administration.
The former Meredith Knight was married to volunteer assistant coach Scott Rowsey in Jamaica in November of 2005.