SCC Launches Men's, Women's Golf Teams

01/27/2016

SCC will field golf teams for men and women beginning in fall of 2016. The teams will participate in five tournaments in the fall and then up to eight more tournaments in the spring throughout Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington will serve as the home course for training and meets.

Adding golf to the Blackhawks athletics lineup is a continuation of other recent additions. Last fall, officials launched Sports Shooting and Competitive Cheerleading programs as well as rebooted its Volleyball program.

Co-Head Golf Coach Lorenzo Watkins says college officials researched sports programs where they felt prospective student athletes were underserved with limited options to continue play after high school.

“There’s a pool of talent in this area with a lot of potential. We feel pretty strongly that we can help develop our regional golfers to compete at the college level.”

Watkins will work with longtime Burlington High School and Notre Dame golf coach Randy Trine who will serve as Co-Head Coach for the new squads.

“Randy has a wealth of coaching experience that will add a lot of credibility to the program as we get started.”

SCC Vice President of Student Services Joan Williams says that the College is investing in expanded programming for students.

“Students who are engaged in extracurricular activities do better than those who do not, and students who come to SCC from high school often have development goals outside the classroom,” explains Williams.

For students who come to college from high school, finding opportunities to get involved is high on their list of expectations.

“High school students in our area often play on sports teams. Unless they want to move away to find a spot on a team at a university, intercollegiate athletics in sports like golf are no longer an option. Now we can offer that opportunity to continue playing that’s a little closer to home and in a smaller environment.”

Expanded athletics offerings are mirrored by SCC’s current Building the Dream expansion initiative, which includes the future Industrial Technologies Training Center in Keokuk and the new Health Professions Center and multi-story residence hall coming to the West Burlington campus this fall.

Watkins says that with the increased capacity in the new residence hall, recruiting student athletes is an option.

“We didn’t have the space to house students for additional sports programs. Now with the new residence hall, we can do that.”

Watkins and Trine are now actively recruiting for next season. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and pass an athletic physical. For more information, contact Lorenzo Watkins at lwatkins@scciowa.edu.

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