Four Set to be Inducted Into CSU Athletic Hall of Fame

SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS

The Columbus State University Athletic Hall of Fame will have four new members as president Scott Miller announced the Class of 2020 Tuesday afternoon.

Former Cougar golfer Jonn Drewery (1996-99), cheerleader Cortney Laughlin (2007-12), softball coach Dr. Judy Favor (1993-99) and baseball player Kurt McKee (2004-07) are the latest Cougars to get the call to the Hall of Fame.

“On the behalf of the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame committee, it’s a honor to announce another outstanding class” commented Miller. “These four individuals accomplished so much during their tenures in Columbus and their successes are still reflected in their programs to this day. I know, personally, I can’t wait to congratulate and welcome Jonn, Cortney, Coach Favor and Kurt into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame in the near future.”

In heading guidance from state and local health officials, Columbus State will not hold an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drewery, Laughlin, Favor and McKee will be honored and inducted alongside any new members elected as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 at a later date.

A four-time All-American, Drewery stood out in one of the most dominant eras in Cougar golf. Playing from 1996-99, Drewery was a member of the 1997 NCAA DII national championship team and nearly captured the individual national championship in 1999 finishing as the runner-up. The Cougars also took home a PBC title in 1998 while Drewery, himself, never finished worse than fifth at the premier conference event. He was named the 1996-97 NCAA DII National Freshman of the Year, in addition to taking home the conference’s honor, while also being selected to the All-PBC team in all four seasons. During his prep days, Drewery was the top amateur golfer in Ontario from 1996-98 and the number one ranked amateur in all of Canada in 1997. He continues to play professionally to this day, including winning the 2019 Ontario Mid-Master Championship. Drewery received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999 from Columbus State.

Holding the best winning percentage in Columbus State softball history, Favor roamed the dugout of Cougar Field from 1993 until 1999. Throughout her career, Favor coached several dominating student-athletes, including 20 PBC all-conference players, six All-Americans, three PBC Freshmen of the Year award winners and two PBC Players of the Year. Favor set many firsts in program history, from it’s first national ranking to coaching one of only two NCAA DII players that were selected in the Women’s Pro Fastpitch draft (Julia Garcia). In her seven seasons, the Cougars played in five straight NCAA regionals, a program record, and was named the PBC Coach of the Year twice (’95 & ’99). Favor and the Cougars won 40 or more games in each of her final two seasons, which has only been done one other time in program history (’12 & ’13), and held a career 276-89 record.

Building off the championship tradition, Laughlin continued to lay the groundwork for one of the nation’s top cheerleading programs during her undergraduate time at Columbus State. As a freshman in 2007-08, she collected the Cougar Rookie of the Year Award as well as helping CSU to the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championship in 2008 and 2011. Laughlin won the PBC championship in every year she competed and represented the Cougars and Team USA at the 2010 International World Cup, where she finished first in the All-Girl team division. A longtime member of the Columbus State family, Laughlin worked in the athletic department from 2012-13 as the athletic foundation marketing manager and is now the Director of Servant Leadership at Columbus State. Laughlin will be the first member of the Columbus State spirit program to be inducted in the CSU Hall of Fame. Laughlin received her bachelor’s degree in English in 2011, and her master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2012, both from Columbus State.

A Cougar legend on the diamond, McKee helped Columbus State to two NCAA regional championships (’04 & ’07) in addition to the 2005 Peach Belt Conference. In his four-year career, McKee left his mark on the program, still holding many individual records to this day. He played in 249 career games, the most in Cougar history, and is second in runs scored (228) while holding the PBC record for most hits in a conference game (six) and fielding assists (766). The smooth fielding shortstop won the NCAA Division II Gold Glove for the position in 2007. McKee received his bachelor’s degree from Columbus State in business in 2007.

Established in 1996 to honor and memorialize those individuals who made major contributions to their individual sport and the university, the Columbus State Athletic Hall of Fame currently has 104 members.

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