Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Segurola named Summit League Scholar-Athlete of the Year

August 26, 2015

Jose Segurola, 2015 Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Jose Segurola, 2015 Mechanical Engineering Graduate

ELMHURST, Ill. - IUPUI men's golf standout Jose Pablo Segurola has earned The Summit League's top honor, being named the league's 2014-15 Scholar Athlete of the Year by the league's faculty athletic representatives. The award is the most prestigious annual individual honor given by the league. Segurola capped his collegiate career by winning the league's individual title in 2015, earning his second career NCAA Tournament berth. He was the league's male honoree while Western Illinois women's basketball standout Ashley Luke captured the women's honor.

Segurola joins IUPUI's past honorees Tiffany Kyser (basketball - 2002-03), Justin Wenger (golf - 2005-06) and Perez Agaba (soccer - 2010-11 & 2011-12) to become the program's fourth-ever recipient.

"I think it shows that hard work pays off," Segurola said. "A lot of guys on the team look up to me and I think this helps them see that hard work is rewarded. Being at IUPUI for five years, I had to overcome a lot. With my freshman year, I struggled a lot with the language. All in all, I overcame a lot over my career."

"I'm beyond happy for Jose," IUPUI Head Coach John Andrews said. "He's one of the hardest working young men I've ever been around. For him to come to the U.S. and overcome the language barrier in the classroom to become one of the best engineering students in the program is a phenomenal achievement.

"This award validates all of his hard work."

On the golf course, Segurola finished as IUPUI's all-time leader in rounds played (131) and played in two NCAA Tournaments. He was part of the Jaguars' stalwart 2012 team that captured the league title and he later authored a come-from-behind individual championship effort this past season. He was a 2014 First Team All-Summit League selection and four-time Academic All-League honoree. In addition, he notched three career tournament wins and finished sixth on IUPUI's career list with a 75.52 stroke average.

"I'm really happy with how I played golf over my career. I thought I could've played better at times, but trying to balance golf with engineering was a tough test," Segurola said. "It's easy to play (golf) when it's nice outside. In order to be good at something, you have to be willing to do the extra things. That's what I think helped me the most."

In the classroom, Segurola maintained a 3.85 grade point average and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering after being named the Most Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering for the Class of 2015. He was an Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society honoree and named to IUPUI's Academic Advisor's List for 10 straight semesters.

He served the campus community as a member of IUPUI's Society of Hispanic Engineers and was an active member of the IUPUI Jags Reading Club and on-campus Ronald McDonald House. He also volunteered at the on-campus Paws Pantry Food Bank and was a recruiter for the IUPUI School of Engineering.

"My dad and my mom have done so much for me to be able to come to the states, I felt that I wanted to do something good for them to be proud," Segurola said. "They work very hard to provide for me, so this was my way of giving back."

Segurola intends on putting his engineering career on hold, instead pursuing a professional golf career.

"I'm looking forward to this next year," Segurola said. "It's always been my dream to play (golf) professionally."