Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004
Spotlight on Troy Monahan
Once in a while, you find an exceptionally gifted athlete who can play more than one sport: baseball and football, basketball and track, golf and bowling.
Penn State Altoona doesn't actually have a men's bowling team. But if it did, senior Troy Monahan would likely be the star. Instead, he's had to settle for a star role on the links, returning for his fourth year to reclaim the number one spot on the Lion's golf team.
"I've been playing golf since I was 14," Monahan said. "My parents got me into it. I just like it because it's relaxing and it gives you a chance to be outside."
Monahan may like the sport for relaxation, but the senior business management major also happens to be darn good. The Altoona native was part of a banner year for Penn State Altoona in 2003, helping the golf team to both an AMCC Championship as well as an ECAC South Regional Title. Monahan finished either first or second in each of the Lion's first three tournaments in 2003, shooting a 70 for the first place win at the Penn State Behrend Fall Invitational.
In 2004, Monahan was reunited with friend and former teammate Tom Koehle, when Koehle was named the new head golf coach.
"As expected, Troy has been a senior leader on the team," Koehle said. "Troy and I have been friends since high school and having him around was like having a second coach at every tournament."
When Monahan isn't out on the links, he spends a lot of time working in the Pro Shop at Holiday Bowl in Altoona and perfecting his bowling game.
"I bowl. That's my thing," Monahan said. "I've probably been bowling since I was four or five. I like to play golf more, but I'm a better bowler." Monahan isn't exaggerating, as he has already bowled eight perfect games in his lifetime.
Though Monahan is uncertain of his professional future, he'd love his career to include either bowling or golfing. "I'm considering going to golf school to become a golf pro," Monahan said. "I'd like to stay around both games if I can."