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Penn State All-American T.J. Howe returned to his alma mater as an assistant men’s golf coach in August 2017.
Howe, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, won 11 tournaments as a professional golfer and participated in the 2016 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont. He was a first alternate for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills this past June.
Playing professionally since his graduation from Penn State, Howe qualified for and played in the PGA Tour’s 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. He was a member of the Web.com and Mackenzie Tour in 2016 and was a money list runner-up on the 2015 eGolf Professional Tour.
A fixture in Penn State’s starting lineup, Howe was a member of the Nittany Lion squads that played in the 2008 and 2010 NCAA Championships. Winning three event titles in 2010, he earned All-America status from the Golf Coaches Association of America in his senior season. He finished his career tied for fifth on Penn State’s all-time scoring list.
Howe, from Osceola, Pennsylvania, won the 2005 Pennsylvania high school championship. He played in the U.S. Amateur Championship twice, for the first time in 2007, the same year he won a share of the PA Public Links title. Howe returned to the U.S. Amateur in 2009 prior to his final year at Penn State.A second-generation Penn Stater, he earned his bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State in 2010 and was selected as the recipient for the 2011 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
TJ recently married longtime girlfriend, Christie Johnson. They have one child together, Brynlie Danielle, who was born in November of 2016.