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Myers Park High golfer wins 2nd straight Carolinas Jr. Boys title

Myers Park High’s Henry Shimp watches his tee shot during the opening day of the 66th-annual Carolinas Junior Boys Championship golf tournament, held July 28-30 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.
Myers Park High’s Henry Shimp watches his tee shot during the opening day of the 66th-annual Carolinas Junior Boys Championship golf tournament, held July 28-30 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. CAROLINAS GOLF ASSOCIATION

Henry Shimp used his experience to help him win his second straight title at the 66th annual Carolinas Junior Boys Championship golf tournament, held July 28-30 in Greensboro.

Shimp, a rising senior at Myers Park High, finished the three-day tournament at Forest Oaks Country Club at 8-under-par 208, three strokes ahead of Salisbury’s Nicholas Lyerly and Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C.

“It’s been a goal of mine this year to come back and win,” Shimp said in a prepared release. “I think it’s a little harder the second time to come back and win because you’re thinking about it more, it puts a little bit more pressure on you.”

Shimp, 18, who has committed to play golf at Stanford next year, took the lead with an opening-round 5-under 67 but was tied for the lead with Pinehurst’s A.J. Beechler heading into the final day.

That’s where Shimp’s experience came into play; just three weeks earlier, he held a one-shot lead entering the final round of the 101st-annual Carolinas Amateur Championship, also in Greensboro.

But Shimp faltered in the final round of that tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 and dropping into a tie for sixth place. Meanwhile, N.C. State’s Carter Jenkins posted an 8-under 64 to finish the tournament at 20-under 268 and win his third straight Carolinas Amateur title.

“I kind of sat back and thought about the things I did well and did not do well in that round,” Shimp said. “I tried to work on those things out there (at the Carolinas Junior Boys). I tried to be more patient and calm, and focus on each shot. I played a lot better than I did in that round (at the Carolinas Amateur).

“To go on today and be calm and play well and end up getting it done was pretty awesome.”

Kocher wins title

Charlotte’s David Kocher survived two stroke-play rounds and five match-play rounds over five days to win the sixth-annual N.C. Amateur Match Play Championships golf tourney, held Aug. 5-9 in High Point.

Kocher, a Charlotte Christian School graduate entering his sophomore year at Maryland, beat High Point’s Conner Sock 2-up in the match-play final on the High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek course.

Kocher advanced to the 32-player match play by tying Myers Park High grad and N.C. State signee Nolan Mills IV. Both Kocher and Mills finished 7-under 137, but Mills earned medalist honors after winning a playoff.

Kocher then beat Matthews’ Jackson Bailey, Wade Boteler of Mebane, Burlington’s William Register and Mills to advance to the match play final.

New Royals medicine staff

Queens University of Charlotte’s Sports Medicine Department has added Alexa Gallo, Lindsay Smith and Chip Wintringham to its staff of athletic trainers.

Gallo worked with the football and women’s lacrosse teams at Furman. She also has experience with Davidson’s football program and Belmont Abbey’s wrestling team as part of her studies at Western Carolina, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

Smith, a Catawba graduate, formerly worked with the sports medicine staff at North Carolina, where she handled the cross-country and track-and-field programs, as well as intramural and club sports.

Wintringham formerly was an athletic-trainer intern at High Point for two years, working with the track-and-field and cross-country teams. Before that, he was a graduate-student trainer at Virginia, working with track and field, cross-country and women’s golf.

Queens adds Purpura to lacrosse staff

Queens has hired James Purpura as an assistant coach for the school’s men’s lacrosse team.

Purpura joins the Royals’ lacrosse program from Frostburg State, where he was a graduate assistant while working with the school’s nationally-ranked men’s lacrosse team. Before that, Purpura was the offensive coordinator for Brockport.

Purpura began his collegiate lacrosse career playing at Mount St. Mary’s, then transferring to SUNY Geneseo.

Ready now Royals strength coach

Former Queens women’s lacrosse star Jena Ready has joined the Royals’ athletic staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Ready, who graduated from Queens in May 2015, led the Royals’ women’s lacrosse team to back-to-back SAC regular-season and tournament championships.

Ready, the 2014 SAC Player of the Year and 2015 SAC tournament MVP, ranks second all-time in Queens women’s lacrosse in career goals (156) and third in total points (193).

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: