Nat Simkins is set to join a group of familiar faces playing college golf.
The Aquinas standout signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play for Presbyterian College. He was joined by family and classmates for a ceremony at the school.
“It’s a dream come true, something I’ve worked hard for my whole entire life, especially with everything my family has been through,” Simkins said. “Having so much support from my family and friends and everything, this is something I could not have gotten to without them. It’s just a dream come true.”
Simkins has helped lead the Aquinas program during his time with the Irish while playing competitively in junior events out of Augusta Country Club.
After graduation, he’ll join Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C., out of the Division I Big South Conference.
The Blue Hose are a steady presence in major tournaments in the Southeast, including two sixth-place finishes this fall under coach Thomas Addison.
“The environment fit well for me,” Simkins said. “The coach is awesome. I love the coach. He’s one of the main reasons I wanted to go there.”
The program currently has three Augusta ties with John David Chambers, Salil Ghamande and Carson Spears on the roster. Chambers and Spears played at Richmond Academy, and Ghamande at Augusta Prep, and Simkins has a connection with all three from their junior tournament days.
“A lot of the guys on the team I’ve grown up playing with,” Simkins said. “Middle school, junior golf, summers at the club. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m really excited.”