Last Updated: Tue Aug 30, 2022 - 3:07AM
Golf is a game of talent, accuracy and precision which are all attributes that Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski possesses.
Those characteristics helped Turowski capture the WPIAL Class 3A Boys Golf championship last year, and garner the attention of college coaches. It opened the door for his recruitment, and he eventually landed on West Virginia’s radar.
This past summer, the rising junior made his commitment to the Mountaineers to continue his golf career.
“I really loved coach (Sean) Covich. He is an amazing guy, I feel like I had a strong relationship with him," Turowski said. "They’re in the BIG 12 conference, so it’s some of the best competition. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Competitive golf is no stranger to Turowski or his family. His father, Don, is a former golfer at Clarion and his brother Alex currently competes for Fairmont State University. Despite the heavy influence of golf in his family, Turowski was not fond of the sport at first.
“I really didn’t like it, I was more into hockey and baseball,” Turowski commented. “When I was probably 10 or 11, I started liking it again. I would be dropped off at the golf course at eight in the morning and get picked up at eight at night during the summer.”
Turowski’s love of the game began to grow, and his motivation to become a better golfer was a result of competing against his older brother on the links. The early losses to his brother frustrated him but his passion never wavered.
“We would golf every day, and he (Alex Turowski) was always better than me. I didn’t like that. I just kept trying to get better and better to beat him."
“I think because of him I got to where I am today, because no matter what he was always better and I always had that next level that I wanted to reach.”
Nowadays, the matches between the two brothers are much closer, with Nick coming out victorious more than in the past.
“It’s definitely close, we play a lot," he said. "He beats me sometimes, I beat him but the matches are definitely tough.”
Although he’s made a decision on where he will compete in college, he still has two years left playing at Penn-Trafford. Turowski has already accomplished so much in his two years as a Warrior, including capturing the WPIAL title last season. It reassured Turowski that he has the talent and capabilities to compete at a very high level.
“That was a really special one for me, getting a win as a Penn-Trafford Warrior,” said Turowski of his WPIAL crown. “That was a big one for me, I realized I can play with these guys. I had a really good back nine, I made a few putts and ended up winning. That was a lot of fun.”
With the season right around the corner, Turowski is eager to get the year started with the Warriors. The reigning district champ wants to defend his title and become the ninth golfer in WPIAL history to win a second consecutive championship. However, it’s not just a WPIAL championship that Turowski is in pursuit of. He's looking bigger.
“I want to defend my WPIAL championship and I want to win state. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”