Greg Towne is in his seventh season as the women’s golf coach at Indiana State. The veteran golf instructor has developed the Sycamores into a power in the Missouri Valley Conference with the 2013-2014 team setting school records for best won-loss percentage in a season (.796), most wins in a season (82), and best season scoring average (309.41).
That team also came within one stroke of winning the schools’ first Missouri Valley Conference Championship as they rallied on the final day and came up just short. The team still set a then school record for low 54-hole team score (901) with Amanda Smith setting the school record for low 54-hole individual score (219) and McCall Christopher the second best (220).
Things got even better in 2016 when the Sycamores went to Chicago with a lineup that consisted four four freshman and one junior. Picked to finish in the lower half of the 10-team field, the Sycamores rose to the occasion to finish second -- tying the school record for best finish in the history of the program at the league championship.
Indiana State posted a final round score of 304 and a tournament tally of 897 en route to their second place finish which tied a similar result from 2014 as their best showing at the MVC Championship. On the strength of a school record second round score of 287, Indiana State’s final mark of 897 is the best in the history of the program for a 54-hole tournament. It also is lower than the previous MVC Championship best of 899 set by Southern Illinois in 2007, but was also bettered by Wichita State’s score of 884 this year.
The size of the squad is important for Towne who believes that competition for a spot on the tournament roster helps the athletes refine their skills which will lead to greater success for the Sycamore program.
Towne spent considerable time during the fall season of his first campaign improving the fundamentals of the golf swing for each individual player while also working on their mental approach to the game of golf. The success of that teaching was seen in a more consistent team results, improved individual scores, and the athletes improved ability to visualize shot selection before actually playing the shot.
Towne was named the second head coach of the Indiana State University women’s golf program on August 30, 2010, bringing 22 years of professional golf experience and 10 years of teaching tour professionals and skilled players to his position.
He has competed at golf’s highest level most recently as a member of the European Senior Tour from 2009-2010 where he finished tied for 27th at the 2009 European PGA Championship. He also played on the Nationwide Tour for five years (1991, 1992k 1994, 1997, 1999) with eight top 10’s and twenty top 25 finishes including a third place at the 1992 Panama City Beach Classic. He qualified and made the cut for the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., where he led the tournament in driving accuracy (89%).
Towne was a successful qualifier for the PGA TOUR finals in 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1997, and a successful qualifier to the 1993 European PGA Tour finals. Towne is also a four time winner of U.S. Open local qualifying tournaments and a three-time qualifier for the Honda Classic and Doral Ryder Open. He has won more than 150 mini-tour events and won the 1990 St. Louis Open. He has 10 competitive course records, eight career holes in one, and finished ninth at the Dave Pelz World Putting Championship.
As an amateur, Towne was a 1977 Joe Namath Prep Sports All-American in baseball at Wichita Southeast High School and was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1982 as a member of the Wichita State golf team. He won the 1986 Kansas State Amateur Championship and was runner up at the 1987 Trans-Mississippi Tournament.
A 1982 graduate of Wichita State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration-Management, worked in the banking industry for five years.
Towne was the lead instructor at Rabito Golf, one of Golf magazine’s Top 100, from 2001-2009. He has instructed several PGA Tour winners, major championship winners, mini tour professionals, and multiple Junior Champions.
Towne and his wife Vicki have three children: Tyler, who works in the Psychology Department at Florida State University; Taylor, a sophomore in college; and Connor, 17.