MHS Profile

8 years ago

Drew Novara

MHS Graduation Year:

MHS Sports: 
Golf, Basketball, & Baseball

MHS Awards & Honors:


Shot MHS Record 9-Holes (31)
Shot MHS Record 18-Holes at State Trny (76)
Shot MHS Record 2-Day Total at State Trny (158)
Most Valuable Player: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
SIRR All-Conference: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
SICA All-South: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
SIRR Individual Conference Champion: 2010-11, 2011-12
IHSA Regional Advancer: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 (2nd)
IHSA Sectional Advancer: 2011-12 (4th)
IHSA State Finalist: 2011-12 (23rd)


Member of 2010-11 HOOPSQUAD, 2nd at State
Highest Free Throw %: 2011-12
Fewest Turnovers: 2011-12
Best Assist to Turnover Ratio: 2011-12
Leadership Award: 2011-12


SIRR All-Conference: 2011-12
SIBCA All-Star: 2011-12


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.


After graduating from Murphysboro High School, Drew continued his athletic career by playing golf and attending Southern Illinois University

SIU Scrapbook

8 years ago

First College Tournament @ Wasioto Winds Kick-Off in Pineville, KY

First Collegiate Birdie! Drew went on to have 6 Birdies on the Day!

Drew in action @ Kampen Course at Purdue University

Drew lines up a Birdie Opportunity @ Purdue Tournament!

SIU Profile

8 years ago

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

What's in the Bag?
Driver: 8.5 Titleist 910 D2
Woods: 13.5 Titleist 910 3 wood, 19 Titleist 910 Hybrid
Irons: Titleist AP2
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Ball: Pro- V1x