Swisher awarded Groves Scholarship
In honor of former Cowley College golfer Brian Groves, Cowley College sophomore Morgan Swisher was named this year’s Brian Groves Memorial Scholarship recipient during the 20th annual Tiger Skins/ Brian Groves Memorial Golf Tournament held June 28 at Winfield’s Quail Ridge Golf Course.
Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch, athletic director Shane Larson and Brian Groves’ father, Mike, were on hand to present Swisher with the award. Swisher is a member of the softball team and is majoring in psychology. She has a grade point average of 3.58.
Brian Groves (Class of 1998) was a member of the Tiger golf team before moving on to Southwestern College in Winfield. He was tragically killed in a one-vehicle accident in 2002.
With 19 teams taking part in the Tiger Skins/Brian Groves Memorial Golf Tournament, the event continues to serve as a successful fundraiser for Tiger Booster Club scholarships. Along with the 76 golfers, several area businesses helped sponsor the event.
Although there were several worthy candidates for the Brian Groves Memorial Scholarship, in the end, the school could not go wrong with selecting Morgan Swisher.
As a freshman at Cowley, she established herself as one of the top softball players in the nation during the 2014 season. She was voted a unanimous first team All-Region VI outfielder, which led to her being named first team NJCAA All-American. Hitting second in the lineup, Swisher led the Lady Tigers in hitting with a .458 batting average which ranked ninth nationally. She led the team in stolen bases with 29, which was good for sixth in the nation and led the team in triples with eight which tied her for first in the nation.
Not only did Swisher establish herself as one of the top softball players in the nation she also excels in the classroom. After her freshman year at Cowley she has earned 36 credit hours and was recently selected by the faculty and staff at Cowley to serve as a Student Ambassador for the 2014- 15 school year.
“Morgan is an excellent ball player, student, and an even better person,” Cowley softball coach Ed Hargrove said.
As for the golf tournament, the team of Shane Larson, Lance Dible, Mike Williams, and Ryan Renteria finished in first place in the rain-shortened event. Larson donated his winnings back to the Tiger Booster Club.
“Despite the weather issues, everyone still enjoyed their time at the tournament,” Larson said. “We are so grateful to the participants and sponsors that made this tournament possible.”
Members of the Cowley College Spirit Squad and Tigerette Danceline assisted with the tournament.
A drawing for 47 door prizes was announced during the awards ceremony held following the golf tournament.
Tournament sponsors were Andreas Law Office, Ark City Chamber of Commerce, Ark City Community National Bank, Conco Construction, Cowley College Bookstore, Cowley Cinema 8, Dillons, Divall Liquor, Elite Advertising, El Maguey, Galaxie Business, Golf Warehouse, Great Western Dining, James and Diann Schaefer, JD Liquor, Jennie Larson Photography, John and LeeAnn Sturd, Mid-West Electric, Nathan Niles Dentistry, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Paton Wholesale and Vending, Reedy Ford, Rindt- Erdman Funeral Home, Ron Godsey, Sedgwick County Zoo, Shangri-La Golf Club, Skinsations, Stock Exchange Bank, Summit Realty, Tony and Vicki Crouch, Travers Furniture, Union State Bank, United Agency, WB Meats, Wichita Wingnuts, Winfield Motors, and Zeller Motors.