Trojans’ Tim Walker wins Jack Nicklaus P.O.Y. awardPublished 1:07pm Thursday, June 19, 2014
There aren’t many teams better than Central Alabama on the links, but Tim Walker had no individual equal this season.
The Trojans’ top man in the tee box received the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Jack Nicklaus award, which goes to the player of the year on the golf course.
The Victoria, Australia native followed up a year where he helped lead the Trojans to the national championship with a sparkling campaign.
He led the NJCAA in scoring averaging from the first tournament to the last, won three tournaments and finished in second place five times.
He was eighth individually during the NJCAA Division I National Championship.
For his efforts, he also garnered All-America honors from PING and the NJCAA.
“He was a guy who did everything right,” said CACC golf coach Dave Jennings. “He was a darn good student, too, as evidenced by his making the Dean’s List twice. He’s a tremendous player, and Mississippi State is getting a heck of a package with him.”
Expected to be the unquestioned leader of the team entering this past season, Walker shined on and off the course.
“Last year, we had a good team from top to bottom. Everyone who played in the National Championship played No. 1 for me at some point in the season,” Jennings said. “This year, Tim knew how to get ready, and he knew what to expect. He worked with his sister, who is also his golf instructor to prepare. One of the greatest things about him is that he set realistic goals. He’d set a goal, achieve it and set another one. It kept him hungry, and he ended up having a fabulous year.”
Jennings said that, along with Walker’s work ethic, was key to his play this season.
“He was the first one there and the last to leave. He set the example and when other guys needed help, he never shied away from that,” Jennings said. “He stepped to the plate, and that was awesome. He went about his business the way you’re supposed to and is a student of the game. He know more about the history of golf than any other student I’ve had.”
Now, Walker is setting his sights on Starkville, where he will trade in his blue and gold colors for maroon and white as he tees off for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Jennings said he expects more success for Walker as he moves to the Division I level.
“I think there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve at the next level, but by next spring and especially in his senior year, I expect him to be a standout, impact player for them,” he said.