Everyone who knows him knows H.D. Cowden to be one of the more personable and reliable people you’ll ever meet. Now he’s being recognized state wide for his contribution to competitive golf on the high school level. H.D. “Dave” Cowden, Sr. will be inducted into the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the University of Kentucky Club in Lexington Sunday.
“It’s a great honor,” Mr. Cowden said. “A person probably doesn’t receive an honor like this without support from family and friends, and I’ve been very lucky in that respect.”
Cowden has been the head golf coach at Hancock County High School since 1971, and 50 years later he’s still leading the boys team. He currently shares duties with his daughter, Tori Schneider, who coaches the girls team.
In addition to coaching golf, Cowden has been a teacher at HCHS for nearly as long. He served as the school’s Athletic Director for many years and was a member of the KHSAA Golf Advisory Board for 11 years. He has run the Girls All “A” State Tournament since its inception as well as the Hancock County Schoolboy Classic Tournament for the past 27 seasons. Cowden was instrumental in adding the 5th player to post season play, and also in moving the sport from spring to fall.
“Golf has taken me to some unbelievable places. Everyone has been so nice with congratulations and I feel very honored,” Cowden said.
One of the many memorable moments of his 50 plus years of coaching was when he took a full HCHS golf team to the state tournament during the late ‘70’s. “That was a great time. We had Barry Griffin, Terry Griffin, Mark Ogle and Shane Fowler on that team and that was quite a group. We qualified through the regional tournament and that was one of the few times a Hancock County team has ever shot below 315. We shot 312 that day.”
A long time resident of Lewisport, Mr. Cowden is also well known for having taught thousands of people how to swim during the Red Cross swim classes he holds annually. Cowden was also the girls basketball coach at HCHS for many years and he still holds the record for most career wins as a coach.
Congratulations to Dave, his wife Suzanne, and the entire Cowden family.
By Steve Wimmer