Tim Walko enters his seventh full season as head coach of the Mount Holyoke Collge golf team. During his tenure, he has helped propel the Lyons back into regional and national prominence.
Walko guided the Lyons to one of best seasons in program history during the 2013-14 campaign, as his squad ranked fifth regionally and 30th nationally in Division III, earning him the honor of Coach of the Year in the Liberty League.
Powered by a number of incredible efforts, Mount Holyoke recorded six top-five finishes in 2013-14, including the program's first-ever conference title. The 2014 Liberty League Championship, held at the challenging Crumpin-Fox Club, saw the Lyons sitting second overall, just eight strokes behind the leader, NYU, after day one. Each of the five were spectacular on day one, all placing in the top-17.
Facing that eight stroke deficit to start day two, the Lyons shot an incredible 331 on day two to claim victory by an astounding 21-stroke margin.
Equally impressive was the fact that all five players garnered All-League honors – the only school in the Liberty League to do so. Mendiola finished second overall, just one stroke out of first, while Conti and Heeamin Lee were fourth and fifth, respectively. All three were named to the All-Liberty League First Team. Amanda Lee and Allison Shilling were both Second Team honorees – finishing in a tie for 10th.
Twelve Liberty League weekly awards, including five Performer of the Week honors for Mendiola were handed out. MHC also dominated the Rookie of the Week awards as just one week, out of eight, went to a school other than Mount Holyoke. Conti paced the way with four of those seven rookie honors.
Mendiola, who was the Lyons' top finisher in all eight meets, tied her own school record for scoring average with a 79.88. Her efforts were recognized by the league coaches as she was named the Liberty League Player of the Year. Conti, who finished with an 82.25 scoring average, was voted the Rookie of the Year.
Walko brings over 21 years of experience in the golf industry. After competing collegiately on the nationally ranked Rollins College golf team in Winter Park, Fla. for four seasons, he went on to become a golf professional in 1986. He competed for four years on both the North Florida and Space Coast Professional Golf Tours.
Since retiring from the professional circuit, Walko has remained active as a head golf professional and director of golf for some of the most prestigious clubs in the country. He formerly owned the Northampton Country Club and served as its president and director of golf during that time.
Walko attended nearby Northampton High School, where he occupied the top position on its golf team for his final three seasons. From 1992-93, he enjoyed a two year stint as head coach of the South Hadley High School golf team.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rollins.
In addition to his coaching, Walko also serves as an instructor in the College’s Department of Physical Education.
|2013-14||One||Liberty League Tournament Champions
|2014-15||-----||Liberty League Tournament Runner-up
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|2016-17||-----||Liberty League Tournament Runner-up