Oct. 12, 2007
By Deanne Stevenson
Back in the mid-1970's Jerry Pimm was changing the University of Utah's history. The men's basketball program would forever change and Jerry Pimm would become a legend. During his eight years as head coach for Utah, Pimm led the Utes to five NCAA tournament appearances, four of which were to the Sweet 16.
Twenty-two years later the name of Pimm was back in Utah athletics. Dustin Pimm, grandson of Jerry Pimm, came to Utah to play golf. He knew that Utah was a good fit for him and his dreams. Both of Dustin's parents, Dave and Debra, graduated from Utah and his childhood home was close by.
"I was a home body back then," said Pimm of his decision to stay close to home and attend the U. "I knew I could play right away here and that's what I needed."
Pimm had a great freshman year. Playing in 37 rounds in 13 tournaments, he had a stroke average of 73.7. His sophomore year was even better as he led the Mountain West Conference with a stroke average of 71.23 in 12 tournaments and 35 rounds. That season, Pimm became the first Ute ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual.
"It was a rare and high accomplishment to go individually and I gained a lot of confidence from that," Pimm said.
That experience as a sophomore changed Pimm, defining him as a player who was going places.
Pimm's time at Utah has prepared him for his future. Receiving his bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, Pimm has learned how to mentally and physically juggle his busy schedule as a college athlete.
"It is draining, but you have to battle and stay focused," he said. "Whether it's in school or on the course, you have to learn to stay focused."
Getting and staying locked in on the task at hand is key to being successful in the game of golf; it is a challenging sport mentally and can become extremely frustrating. Pimm has stayed confident, humble and has never lost focus on his dreams. He plans to enter the sphere of professional golf after this final season with the Utes.
"We have such a good team this year." said Pimm "We need to win a few tournaments and then we can look at some of our goals, like a high finish in the Mountain West Conference and going to the NCAAs."