Simon Mitchell was waiting to hit on the 18th tee of a WPGA Junior Tour event at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove last July when Edgerton's Joe Forsting and Kyle Wille, a pair of Iowa Central Community College-bound golfers playing in the group behind him, joined the wait and and turned the conversation into a recruiting pitch.
"I have golfed in the Junior PGA (events) for several years and gotten to know Joe and Kyle," the Mineral Point senior wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "This last summer on the 18th hole at The Oaks, Joe and Kyle started to talk about Iowa Central, Coach Kris (Graewin) and the golf program. I was very interested in what they had to say and reached out to ICCC."
Graewin, a Prairie du Chien native who has become an active recruiting presence in his home state, returned the interest and brought Mitchell in for a tour of the Fort Dodge, Iowa campus. Mitchell didn't take long to give Graewin an oral commitment, choosing the Tritons over interest from Madison College.
With an eye toward becoming a Department of Natural Resources game warden, Mitchell plans to enroll in the criminal justice program at Iowa Central. He said he would be open to transferring to a four-year college after his two years in Fort Dodge if the opportunity to golf there were to present itself, but for now he is focused on making the most of his opportunities at Iowa Central.
"The visit to ICCC was great, Coach was very welcoming, the admissions staff answered all my questions," wrote Mitchell, the reigning Southwest Wisconsin Activities League medalist for coach Cory Sokol and the five-time defending champion Pointers. "I really liked the fact that there are so many athletes on campus. I like that athletics AND academics are important. Coach was awesome, welcoming, open, honest about his hopes for the future of the program.
"He has been good about staying in touch. I feel like I am important to him as a student and a golfer."
Indeed, Mitchell gives Iowa Central a low-mileage golfer whose best golf figures to be in front of him.
After finishing tied for ninth last June in the weather-shortened WIAA Division 3 state tournament, Mitchell played in just four WPGA Junior Tour events the rest of the summer. He won the one at The Oaks with an even-par 71 while his future teammates Forsting (74) and Wille (77) finished third and fourth.
"I have the advantage of knowing Joe and Kyle and I am really looking forward to playing on the same team with them and supporting the whole team," Mitchell wrote. "I am a confident and consistent golfer and a good teammate. I have had the advantage of a great high school coach and am really looking forward to being coached by Kris. His enthusiasm, work ethic and drive will help me improve my game and become an even better golfer. I hope to do the best I can to be an important part of the team."