John Baker Sportsmanship Award: 2011-12 Red Devils Athletic Leadership Award: 2011-12 Elizabeth Smysor Scholarship Award: 2011-12 How did Murphysboro HS prepare you for college? My teachers, coaches, and administrators really challenged me to be as successful as I could be and they were very helpful in the process. Even though I was a 3 sport athlete, I was still treated the same way all the other students were treated and so far it's been the same way in college. Most Memorable Red Devils Athletic Moment? I will always remember beating Carbondale at our place in basketball. 7 technical fouls were given out and the atmosphere was incredible! It was also my most successful game scoring wise. As a senior it felt great to defeat a huge rival. What does being a Red Devil mean to you? Being a Red Devil to me means no matter what you do, you should carry yourself with honor and pride for your school and community. I realize the legacy the former Red Devil Athletes have on the youth in our community!
What advice would you give to the current Red Devil Athletes? Continue to work hard at practice and school. Also, I encourage you to attend the FCA meetings in order to have a healthy relationship with the Lord and to also meet different students from around the school.
2013-14 (Sophomore) Tournament Scores Played in all 35 rounds and led the team with a 75.06 stroke average...Was the team's top finisher in five of the 12 tournaments...Had two top-10 finishes, taking second place at the Frito Lay/Taco Bell Intercollegiate and eighth place at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate...His 5-under par 67 in the second round of the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate was the best 18-hole score by a Saluki golfer for the season, in addition to being a part of the Best Team Score in School History (273).
2012-13 (Freshman) Tournament Scores Played in 19 rounds over seven tournaments...Tied for 13th at the Grover Page Classic...Shot a career-best 71 in the first round of the Grover Page Classic...Posted a 77.0 scoring average...Season-best three-round tournament score of 225 at both the Skyhawk Fall Classic and Grover Page Classic...Led the team at the Grover Page Classic...Posted a 4.0 GPA and made the Dean's List.
Amateur Accomplishments 2011 Illinois State Amateur qualifier 2012 Illinois State Amateur 9th place 2012 SIGA Player of the Year - Runner-Up 2013 SIGA champion at Union County Country Club 2013 SIGA champion at Carmi Golf Course 2013 Fowler Heating & Cooling champion 2013 Southern Illinois Open 8th place, low amateur score 2013 Illinois State Amateur 29th place 2013 U.S. Amateur Qualifier champion 2013 U.S. Amateur qualifier 2013 SIGA Player of the Year 2013 Accelerated Tour at Kokopelli low overall score 2014 SIGA champion at Union County Country Club 2014 SIGA champion at Carmi Golf Course 2014 PGA SI Open champion at Rend lake GC 2014 SIGA Fowler Heating & Colling champion 2014 SIGA Players Cup champion at Hickory Ridge GC 2014 Northern Amateur 22nd place 2014 U.S. Amateur qualifier 2014 Illinois State Amateur qualifier
Murphysboro High School Two-time All-Conference selection...Three-time All-South selection...Two-year team captain...Two-time Southern Illinois River-to-River conference Individual champion...Holds five school records...Finalist for the national American Junior Golf Association Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award...Placed 23rd at the state tournament as a senior...Three-time team MVP...Posted his team's top score in 49 of 61 rounds from sophomore through senior year...Started playing golf after two broken ankles in baseball and basketball...Fellowship of Christian Athletes Group Leader...Graduated with high honors and was in the top 10 of his graduating class...Member of the IHSA Student Advisory Committee.
Worth Knowing Was introduced to golf his freshman year of high school after breaking his right ankle in 7th grade and breaking his left ankle in 8th grade...2012 SIGA Player of the Year runner-up to former Saluki golfer Jeff Miller...Full given name is Andrew Robert Novara...Goes by Drew...Son of Cynthia and Leonard Novara...Father is athletic director at Murphysboro High School...Has one sister, Emily...Born Nov. 9, 1993, in Princeton, Ind....Majoring in exercise science.
Q&A with Drew Favorite place on campus: Student Rec Center Favorite course: TPC Deere Run Favorite club: 7-Iron Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals Favorite TV show: Family Guy Favorite book: Heart of a Champion Favorite restaurant: Cummare's Italian Ristorante Favorite band: Zac Brown Band Longest drive: 350 My dream foursome: Tiger, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker What I've learned from Coach Newton: Keep the ball in play and minimize damage Actor I would want to play me in a movie about my life: Lucas Black Cartoon character that best describes me: Scooby Doo Best thing I cook in the kitchen: Ice cream sundaes Something most people don't know about me: Three-sport athlete in high school and played in the Southern Illinois High School all-star baseball game Secret talent: I am ambidextrous One thing I've always dreamed about doing: Skydiving