Athlete of the Week: Things came together for Central’s Jimenez in conference tourney
WOODSTOCK — Everything came together last week for Central junior Coy Jimenez.
The golfer had struggled some during the season, but in the Conference 35 tournament at Bowling Green South in Front Royal Jimenez had his best at just the right time. He shot a 75 and won the tournament, leading the Falcons to the conference title.
“Last week’s round was, in my opinion, my best round of the season,” Jimenez said. “I started off one-under through the first nine, which is my best nine-hole round ever. It was a little bit rough on the back nine. I had a double bogey and a triple bogey, but other than that it was pretty good. I just pulled everything together and shot a pretty good round.”
Jimenez, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, said consistency was a big key for him during his round.
“I was extremely consistent in my ball striking that day,” Jimenez said. “The ball did most everything I wanted it to as far as draw, fade, everything like that.”
The Falcons won their second straight Conference 35 title, and Jimenez said he was very proud of the team.
“That was really exciting,” Jimenez said. “We had a day where all four of us shot real good scores, and we were able to pull everything together. We hadn’t had many of those days throughout the season, if any.”
Jimenez said that he began seriously playing golf when he was around 10. He said he plays a lot with his dad and some of his dad’s friends.
He said it’s rounds like the one he had at Bowling Green that make him love the sport.
Central coach Jeff Walters said that Jimenez is even-keeled, which helps him on the course.
“You can’t tell when you’re looking at him whether he’s playing well or not,” Walters said. “He always has an even demeanor and that’s a great attribute to have.”
Two years ago, Jimenez was the fifth seed on Central’s team before moving up to the the third spot last year.
This season Jimenez and teammate Sam Shifflett have went back and forth as the top seed for the Falcons.
Jimenez said he struggled a little at times early in the season, but he was able to get on track for the postseason.
“Just finding a consistent swing,” Jimenez said of how he turned things around for the conference tournament. “Striking the ball consistently and getting comfortable with what I was doing. Figure out what I was doing as far my swing and ball striking. Get in a routine and I finally pulled everything together.”
Walters said that Jimenez, who is also a standout track athlete for Central, is very methodical with what he does and a perfectionist.
“He goes through his routine,” Walters said. “It doesn’t matter whether he’s hit a good shot or bad shot, he sticks to his routine.”
Walters said that Jimenez also does a great job of not being fazed by pressure, he stays composed no matter who is playing with or what the situation is.
Jimenez didn’t have the round he was looking for on Monday. He shot an 87 at the Region 2A East tournament, and the Falcons struggled as a team.
Walters said he’s excited to see what Jimenez and his teammates, all of whom should be back next year, will do in the future.
“I just think all around he’s just continued a steady improvement over the years he’s been with me, and I look forward to him improving next year,” Walters said. “I want him to be a consistent 70’s golfer next year. These guys can see the competition they face, what it takes to get to that next level. Fortunately all these guys have at least one more year left.”
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