Henry Shimp is the Charlotte Observer Boys Golfer of the Year after leading Myers Park to three top three finishes at 4A state tournament. Additionally, he won Mecklenburg County Invitational tournament and set a school-record front nine score against Charlotte Catholic during a match-up match.
Redman and Jenkins share the lead. All three still have another year left of high school to compete.
Early Life and Education
Henry Shimp was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 31, 1906 to Clair Shimp and Marie Louise Bertrand. In 1921 he married Helen Elizabeth Shimp and they went on to have two sons: Neil Bertrand Shimp and Keith Alvin Shimp.
The Charlotte Observer described him as an undeniable golfing force, leading Myers Park High School’s team in scoring while qualifying twice for the U.S. Amateur tournament and also winning both Carolinas Junior Championships and two NC 4A Western Regional titles.
Henry joined MCM Capital 20 years ago and has had P&L responsibility for seventeen different manufacturing businesses ranging from single product lines to half billion dollar international operations spanning multiple plants locations, covering industries including engineered materials, aerospace components, precision equipment, photovoltaics and photovoltaic solar cells.
Henry Shimp was an integral player on Stanford’s NCAA championship team and scored the clinching point that secured their 3-2 victory over Texas in a match for which they received no votes from Texas. Additionally, Henry earned second-team all-Pac-12 honors as well as Charlotte Observer Player of the Year honors while attending Myers Park High School as a junior.
Even after being four shots behind after his opening round, Shimp rallied with five birdies and an eagle on the par-five 15th hole to come within striking distance of leading. Unfortunately he then bogeyed two holes later to finish seven under par and tied for first place!
Once he left General Electric, Shimp began his venture capital career and has held executive management positions with several technology companies. He has held P&L responsibility in manufacturing businesses specializing in engineered ceramics, aerospace repair and overhaul, precision equipment and photovoltaics.
Achievement and Honors
Henry Shimp was honored with being recognized as the 2021-22 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This award honors students who excel both on and off of the golf course; Shimp has achieved three GCAA All-America Scholar awards and twice made Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll lists.
Last weekend, he contributed to Stanford’s victory against Texas in the NCAA Championship Match and is one of only a select few who has managed to take home both titles (in 2018 and 2019). Myers Park High School graduate Ben had a lifetime scoring average of 72.5 during his high school days.
Henry also won the Mecklenburg County Invitational and set a school-record 29 on his front nine in a match against Charlotte Catholic, signing a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Stanford in fall 2019.
Henry Shimp is a three-time GCAA All-America Scholar and twice earned Pac-12 All-Academic Team recognition. As part of Stanford men’s golf’s national championship win in 2019 he also achieved this status.
Shimp credits his program’s assistant coaches with helping him remain calm and stay on task while on the course. This strategy proved key in his success at the NCAA DI Men’s Tournament.
He and his family reside in Windsor, Colorado; his parents are deceased. His wife works as a teacher while he has also served as head football and basketball coach at Windsor High School and York Historical Society respectively in Pennsylvania; additionally his name appears in census records for Fayette County Pennsylvania.