Two words come to mind when describing Fort Zumwalt East golfer Nick Heimann – steadiness and consistency.
As he goes through his senior season with the Lions, Heimann is staying level-headed and not cutting any corners. He is intent on having a solid senior season on the links and has led the way as the Lions’ top performer.
Heading into GAC Championships on Thursday, April 26, he has been strong on the links with big outings on 18- and 9-hole courses. He is in the area’s top 12 for lowest 18-hole scores this spring and shot an eye-popping 79, good for second place, at the Bulldog Battle at WingHaven Country Club on April 9. Then, he shot a 74 at the Bogey Hills Invitational at Bogey Hills Country Club on April 16.
“The first tournament at WingHaven, I came out strong and shot a 74. Then, after that, [people] expected that every time but I had to take a step back and realize what I can and can’t control,” Heimann said.
His strong run into the final week of the regular season is hardly a surprise to Fort Zumwalt East coach Dave Biesenthal.
“I kind of expected it from him this year,” Biesenthal said. “He did well last year and I knew coming into his senior season, he was going to do well. He’s put high expectations on himself, so there was not much I had to do as a coach to motivate him. [Just] keep him focused and keep him going and do what I can to help have as much success as he can.”
Biesenthal said that Heimann’s success on the greens is very much a matter of constant preparation and tinkering with his game.
“He works on his game and I never have to ask him twice to go to practice. I know on the weekends, he’s working on his game,” Biesenthal said. “He works through the summer and he’s been playing for more years than I can count, so he knows how to avoid the big pitfalls and how to stay on top of things.”
This spring has been a bit more challenging, preparation-wise. Because of the recent rainy and cold weather, practice time has been limited for him and his teammates.
“We really haven’t had many practice rounds because of all the rain, so my practice rounds have basically been the matches,” Heimann said.
Recently, the long game has been working well for Heimann and he is feeling very comfortable using his drivers and irons throughout the course.
“Right now, I’m driving the ball well and my irons are pretty good. I’m tweaking my swing a bit to make sure I’m going the right way and distance and I’m just pretty comfortable with every club in the bag,” he said.
College golf is not in the future for Heimann but he still plans on being involved in the game after he leaves Fort Zumwalt East. He will major in golf course management when he begins classes at Eastern Kentucky University next fall.
“I will major in marketing with an emphasis in professional golf management,” Heimann said. “I won’t be on the gold team but I love the game so much that I just want to keep growing the game and give whatever contributions I can to the sport. I plan on going into the golf industry after I attend college.”
The four-year run at Zumwalt East has been a lot of fun for Heimann but he said it’s not the competition that he’ll miss as much as the practices and the time spent with his teammates.
“I’m gonna miss the practices the most. There’s a group of us that stop by Taco Bell before practice and we’ll be late sometimes but the coach handles it well,” Heimann said. “I’m going to miss just having people around you that enjoy the game.”
Heimann made it to state in 2017, finishing 19th, and, as the regular season wraps up this week, he is clearly focused on one thing – a return trip to the Class 4 Tournament.
“I would like to finish in the top five at state,” Heimann said. “Last year I missed out by a stroke on medaling at state, so I’ll be happy with a medal, but of course I’m there to win too.”