Henry Shimp accomplished a lot on the golf course last year, as the all-state Myers Park junior won both the 4A West Regional and Mecklenburg County Invitational tournaments for the second year in a row.
The Charlotte Observer player of the year, who is ranked No. 4 in the state (according to Tarheel Youth Golf Association), repeated as the Carolinas’ Junior Amateur and played in the U.S. Amateur Four-ball at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Shimp also shot a school-record 29 (five birdies, one eagle) on the front nine at Myers Park Country Club in a regular season match with Charlotte Catholic.
To top it all, Shimp signed his letter-of-intent to play college golf at Stanford University.
While Shimp looks to be even better as a senior, his No. 1 goal is help his Myers Park team win their first state championship since 1956.
The Myers Park boys’ golf team has been knocking on the door with five straight top three finishes at the 4A state meet, including runner-up in both 2011 and 2013.
"We (Myers Park) have had a good chance to win the state championship every year I’ve been here, and I believe this team (2016 Myers Park team) has as good a chance to win it all as any we’ve had," Shimp said.. "We all want to be the team that finally wins it all again. To be a part of something that hasn’t happened in 60 years, to be a part of history, would be really special."
While Shimp with play a big role for his Myers Park team, he is part of a Mustang team loaded with talent from Walker Simas (Wofford signee) to Will Simmons (Davidson signee) to freshman, Grant Smith, who has already committed to play golf at Wake Forest before his first high school match.
"I’ve set big goals for Henry (Shimp) every season at Myers Park," Myers Park golf coach Jason Lockwood said. "But honestly, I think he sets his goals even higher. He’s never satisfied with what he’s accomplished."
Shimp also admits he would love to add an individual, 4A state title to his resume, but knows he will have to prove in the grueling two-day event (4A state championship) May 9-10 at Pinehurst No. 8.
For Shimp, who shot a career-best 61 at Roaring Gap Golf club this summer, it’s always about what’s next.
"I’ve accomplished a lot of big things on the golf course in the last few years, but for me my focus is always on what I haven’t done yet," Shimp said. "I’m always thinking about the next shot, the next round, the next goal."
Boys Golfers To Watch
Walker Simas, Myers Park, Sr.: Wofford signee, Southwestern 4A conference player of the year, another big part of loaded, Mustang lineup.
Michael Sanders, Cannon School, So.: LSU commit already one of best in the state as he hopes to his team repeat as state champions, win individual title.
Drew Jurs, Forestview, Sr.: Big South conference player of the year, junior Avery Price looking to help Jaguars to a 5th straight, 3A state title.
Walker Cress, Concord, Sr.: Two-time all-state performer (James Madison University signee) teams with all-state junior, Stephen Carroll, to make Spiders a 3A contender.
Christian Park, Providence, Sr./Quinn Tardiff, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: Two of the SoMeck8 conference