Forestview coach Dan Ghent and Cannon School’s Pat Whisenant came into the 2015 boys’ golf season hoping to lead their respective teams to state championships.
Both Ghent and Whisenant, who share Observer boys’ golf coach of the year honors, accomplished their missions.
Ghent, who had been an assistant to Ken Beaty for the last 14 years, led Forestview to their fourth straight, 3A state championship in his first year as head coach.
The Jaguars were also 3A West Regional runner-ups and Big South conference champions.
Whisenant led the Cannon School boys’ team to their first NCISAA 3A state title in school history, beating the field by 11 shots.
The Cougars also won the CISAA conference title.
Myers Park junior Henry Shimp is the Charlotte Observer golfer of the year, after putting together a banner year for himself.
Shimp started his banner year winning the Mecklenburg County Invitational at Pine Island Country Club shooting a 68, the only player in the 74-player field to shoot under par.
Next, Shimp shot a school-record 29 on the front nine at Myers Park Country Club in a home match with Charlotte Catholic, recording five birdies and an eagle.
Shimp also excelled in the postseason, finishing as 4A West Regional champion and tied for 9th at the 4A state meet. He also played in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships at Olympic Club in San Francisco last month (May).
Shimp, who boasts a 4.9375 grade-point average in the classroom, says he expects to choose where he will play college golf later this summer from a list that includes Duke, North Carolina, Stanford, Wake Forest and Virginia.
2015 All-Observer Golf Team
All Observer Boys Golfer of the Year: Henry Shimp, Myers Park.
All Obsever Boys’ Golf Co-Coaches of the Year: Dan Ghent, Forestview and Pat Whisenant, Cannon School.
Henry Shimp, Myers Park, Jr.: 4A West Regional champion had a banner year, tying for ninth at states, third in SW4A, won Mecklenburg County Invitational, shot a school-record 29 (nine) against Charlotte Catholic, says he will chose between Duke, North Carolina, Stanford, Wake Forest and Virginia later this summer.
Will Gordon, Cannon School, Sr.: Vanderbilt signee was NCISAA 3A state runner-up lost in a playoff at states, led Cougars to first state, team title.
Drew Jurs, Forestview, Jr: Big South conference golfer of the year, tied for fifth at 3A West Regional, tied for 16th at states, helped lead Jaguars to another state (team) title.
Avery Price, Forestview, So.: Big South conference runner-up tied for 3rd at states, finished seventh at 3A West Regional.
Noah Edmondson, Cannon School, Sr.: Arkansas signee had another all-state season (sixth at states), tied for third at CISAA conference championships.
Quinn Tardiff, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: SoMeck8 conference player of the year, also tied for sixth at 4A state meet, tied for ninth at 4A West Regional.
Nolan Mills, Myers Park, Sr.: Consistent across the board again, tying for sixth at 4A West Regional, seventh in SW4A championships, tied for 15th at 4A states, won Carmel Challenge and qualified for Four-Ball U.S. Amateur with teammate, Henry Shimp.
Matt Sharpstene, Hough, So.: MECKA 4A conference player of the year, averaged a 34 per nine in the regular season, finished 3rd at conference championships, 11th at 4A West Regional.
Michael Sanders, Cannon School, Fr.: Cannon freshman already verbally committed to LSU after an all-state season, finishing third at the NCISAA 3A state meet.
Zack Swanson, Marvin Ridge, So.: Southern Carolinas’ conference player of the year, also tied for ninth at 3A state meet.
Walker Cress, Concord, Jr.: Three-time all-South Piedmont conference (SPC) performer SPC runner-up, won the 3A Midwest Regional in playoff and tied for ninth at states.
Walker Simas, Myers Park, Jr.: SW4A player of the year, tied for 6th at 4A West Regional; tied for 15th at states.
Christian Park, Providence, Jr.: Consistently near the top, finishing 3rd in the SoMeck8 conference tournament, fourth at 4A West Regional, tied for ninth at states.
Davis Kiger, Cannon School, Sr.
Michael Sardinia, Cuthbertson, Jr.
Stephen Carroll, Concord, So.
Hoke Carlton, Myers Park, Sr.
Blake Feist, Hough, Sr.
Ben Woodruff, Hough, Fr.
Tyler Brown, Marvin Ridge, Jr.
Blake Wagoner, Hough, Jr.
Ashton Poole, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.
Will Stewart, Providence Day, Sr.
Drew Bernard, Charlotte Country Day, So.
Aaron Walker, Charlotte Christian, Sr./Daniel Cooper, Cuthbertson, Jr. (tie)
Mason Elmore, Ardrey Kell, So./Jonathan Brightwell, Independence, Jr. (tie)