ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's golf program has signed Jack Towarnicky (New Bern, N.C.) to a National Letter of Intent to its 2019-20 recruiting class, as announced by first-year head coach Carter Cheves today.
"Jack's ambition to reach the next level and his passion for the game will be huge in helping our program move forward," said Cheves. "He will be a great representative of the Ohio Golf program, and we are looking forward to all of his contributions."
Towarnicky has earned four varsity letters at New Bern High School under head coach Cliff Dillard, serving as team captain and leading the Bears to two consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship appearances and two consecutive 3A-4A Eastern Conference Championship victories. He has garnered both all-state and all-conference honors during his playing career at New Bern.
Born Aug. 26, 2000, Towarnicky is the son of Michael and Laura Towarnicky and has two older brothers, David and Matthew, and an older sister, Paige. His brothers, David (Appalachian State) and Matt (Furman), both played baseball at the collegiate level. Towarnicky has been an active member in both his high school and the community. He has served as vice president and director of the Rotary International Interact Club of New Bern, served on the New Bern High School Student Government Association and is a member of the National Honors Society. He has been involved in community service initiatives such as Klem Shoes Making, Rise Against Hunger Fundraiser, Johnny Cash Concert for Polio, Coastal Women's Shelter Community Fundraiser and Home on the Range Concert for Religious Community Services.
Towarnicky becomes the second member of Ohio's 2019-20 recruiting class, joining Joshua Dinouard (Vevey, Switzerland), who signed with the Bobcats in November.
The Bobcats are coming off of a 2018 fall season in which they earned a pair of top-three finishes, including a second-place finish at the Phoenix Intercollegiate, which was held Oct. 15-16 at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, N.C., in which Ohio posted a combined team score of 848 (-4) -- the second-best three-round total in program history. Sophomore Zach Crawford (Vandalia, Ohio) earned his first collegiate victory by winning the Firestone Invitational (Oct. 1-2) by three strokes at the Firestone Country Club North Course with a total score of 206 (-10), which ranks as the second-best three-round total in program history. He was named Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week for the first time in his career for his efforts.
Ohio's 2019 spring schedule will commence Feb. 11-12 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play, which will be held at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla.