Craig Bowden was born and raised in Bedford, Indiana. He played high school golf at Bedford North Lawrence, and later was inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his successful playing career (‘08). After graduating from Vincennes University, Bowden turned professional and competed on the NGA Hooters Tour, where he had three victories. He also continued to play in state events, winning back-to-back Indiana Open Championships in ‘94 and ‘95. In ‘96, Bowden got his official PGA Tour card, and started competing on Tour in ‘97, while also competing on the Korn Ferry Tour (then known as the Web.com Tour). While on Tour, Bowden participated in 10 PGA Tour major championships and had three Korn Ferry Tour wins including: the NIKE Miami Valley Open (‘98), the Miccosukee Championship (‘03), and the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (‘06). In 2013, he ended his Tour career, and rejoined the Indiana Section PGA, where he once again began competing in state events. His first local event was the 2014 Indiana Open Championship at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus. There, he posted a record tournament total of 18-under-par, and won the State Open for the third time, just as he had 19 years prior. In 2015, he added the Indiana PGA Professional Championship title to his list of playing accomplishments.
In addition to his success on the golf course, Bowden has also spent years of his career helping junior golfers and raising money for local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County and the Bedford Recreation Foundation.
Today, Bowden continues to participate in Indiana Golf events and works as a club fitter for KBS Shafts.
Broce still coaches at IUPUI and resides in Indianapolis
Brian C. Chalifoux
Brian C. Chalifoux was born and raised in North Adams, Massachusetts. He first became interested in golf as a young adult, after participating in a golf league as an employee at General Electric. His newfound interest in the game sparked his love of agriculture and prompted him to enroll in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, with a degree in Turfgrass Science. After graduating from Stockbridge, Chalifoux became an Assistant Professional at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, under the leadership of Richard Bator. After serving as an assistant from ’78 to ’80, Chalifoux went on to become a golf course superintendent at South Bend Country Club in South Bend, Indiana for two years (’81-’82). He then went on to work as a superintendent at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois from ’83 to ’87. His career then took him back to Indiana in ‘88, where he served as superintendent for 31 years at Fort Wayne Country Club. Throughout Chalifoux’s career, a huge emphasis was placed on mentoring his assistants and helping them become superintendents or other promotions within the industry. In total, 18 of his former assistants have gone on to become superintendents. Chalifoux also prides himself on his involvement with the Hoosier GCSAA, serving as both Vice President and eventually President (’90). In 2018, Chalifoux was recognized with the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Distinguished Service Award. His career motto was to, “work hard, lead, train, and keep your eye on the prize.”
Cathy Gerring was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She learned the game of golf from her father, Bill Kratzert, at an early age. During her junior golf career, Gerring won two Indiana State Junior Championships (’76, ’77) and went on to play collegiate golf at Ohio State University. There, Gerring was a two-time medalist at the Big Ten Conference Championship (’82, ’83), an NCAA First Team All-American (’83), and was named Ohio State University’s Athlete of the Year (’83). In 1984, Gerring took her shot on the LPGA Tour, finishing 12th at LPGA Qualifying and earning an exempt status for the 1985 tournament season. Throughout her LPGA career, Gerring was a three-time LPGA Champion (the Lady Keystone Open, Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic, and the Trophee Urban World Championship). After giving birth to her first child, Zachary, Gerring only competed in six events in 1988, but went on to grab four top-20 finishes in 1989 and was named the 1990 LPGA Bounce Back Player of the Year. That same year, Gerring was selected to participate in the Inaugural Solheim Cup at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Led by Captain Kathy Whitworth, the United States defeated Europe 11.5 to 4.5 points. This is one of Gerring’s most proud career moments to date. In ’92, Gerring suffered severe burns on her face and hands during a fire incident in April. She did not return to competition until ’96. In ’97, Gerring was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2004, she was also inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence as the first female inductee.
Erika Wicoff was born in Joliet, Illinois and was raised in Hartford City, Indiana. She began playing golf when she was only four years old. Wicoff had a successful junior golf career, winning the Indiana State Junior Championship back-to-back years (’88, ’89), finishing runner-up the following two years (’90, ’91), and also adding two runner-up finis