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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Larry Shimono of Creston as the head coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams. He will begin recruiting for the golf program immediately. Shimono replaces Mike Holmes who made the decision to step down from coaching golf, but will remain at SWCC as head men’s basketball coach and physical education instructor.
Shimono comes to Southwestern with years of golf and golf coaching experience. He was the owner and manager of The Valley Golf Club in Mondovi, WI, for seven years. Prior to this, he was an assistant golf professional at the club for more than three years. Shimono also worked at Nevada Bob’s Golf Store and coached high school golfers for many years.
Shimono said he has a passion for golf and loves to share his passion with others who have the desire to play and enjoy the game. His goal for the student-athletes he recruits to SWCC will be “to provide a quality golfing program, as well as a great education to assist them in meeting their future goals.”
With a stellar round of 80 on the final day of the National Junior College Tournament in Daytona, FL, Shelby Williams finished 42nd in the nation in a field of 96 golfers. Williams shot an 89 on Day 1, then a 93 on the second day, before carding her 80.
Host Daytona State College took home the team honors, as well as the individual medalist (Tiffany Chan: 68, 74, 74). Of the 14 women golfers from Iowa, Williams was fourth best, finishing only behind Iowa Western players.
After Day One at the Region XI Men’s Golf Tournament, Jake Speer (pictured) was four strokes back of a qualifying bid for the National Tournament, but fell short in Round Two when he was unable to gain any ground on the field. Southwestern finished seventh as a team, playing short-handed with four players instead of five. The other golfers representing the Spartans were Chasen Selsor, Jared Theis, and Angga Edwards. The men increased their position in the regional tournament by one place from a year ago, and hope to keep the progress moving forward for 2015. Iowa Central was crowned the champion of Region XI. The tournament was held at Lake Panorama Golf Course in Panora.
Freshman Shelby Williams (pictured) shot an impressive 84 on day one of the Region XI Women's Tournament at Otter Creek in Ankeny on Friday, April 25, 2014, which was good enough to pace her to a 10th place overall finish and a trip to the National Tournament, May 12-15, in Daytona, FL.
Williams battled the strong wind with the rest of the field on day two, but her 99 did not put her anywhere near the danger zone of not making the cut. Fifteen women in the region qualify for Nationals. The women's team finished fourth overall, as the Spartans competed at a high level for both of the days.
Konnor Griffith, Caitlin Giles, Courtney Hackett, and Logan Kinyon all made strong plays, but could not find the consistency to crack the top 15. The previous national qualifier for Southwestern was Molly Budach in 2012.