High School Sports

Top local golfer moves on to Iowa

Shawn Rennegarbe of Nashville, a former BND Golfer of the Year, transferred from the University of Arkansas to Iowa.
Shawn Rennegarbe of Nashville, a former BND Golfer of the Year, transferred from the University of Arkansas to Iowa. Photo courtesy of the Southern Illinoisian

In a space of three years, Shawn Rennegarbe has gone from being one of the top Class A high school female golfers in the state to playing for one of the premier collegiate programs in the nation at the University of Arkansas.

But now Rennegarbe is an Iowa Hawkeye. A 2014 graduate of Nashville High School where she helped lead the Hornettes to the Class A state golf title in 2013 and four straight top four finishes, Rennegarbe transferred to Iowa this fall.

She said the decision to leave the Southeastern Conference power was difficult, but Rennegarbe seems at peace with her choice.

“It was a very tough decision to transfer. I was extremely blessed to be a Razorback for two years, and that was not an easy thing to give up. I'm very happy with my decision now and feel like I'm in a good place to grow as a golfer and student,” Rennegarbe said. “I have three years eligibility left. Iowa has a good golf program and they also have my major, which is Biomedical Engineering.

“A big key right now for me right now is keeping the game competitive and fun at the same time. I love the game as much as I always have, but I feel this is the right move for me to progress with my game and be successful in school at the same time.”

Rennegarbe sat out her first year at Arkansas with an injury then saw limited action with the Razorbacks last season. Arkansas is a perennial top 10 team in the nation.

In four years at Nashville, Rennegarbe placed ninth, fourth, second and fourth at the state finals. The Hornettes never placed lower than fourth as a team at the state finals while Rennegarbe was a member of the program.

The daughter of Greg and Stephanie Rennegarbe, she continues to play and work on her game throughout the year.

“I was very busy this summer with tournaments. I've been making a lot of swing changes since last November, so I'm in the process of ironing those out,’’ Rennegarbe said.

Rennegarbe said the Iowa golf program is a solid one and she hopes to help it move up in the ranks.

“The coaches are very positive and upbeat here, and that's what I was looking for,’’ Rennegarbe said. “The overall team environment here is full of great people. I also wanted to stay in the Midwest and to find a place that had my major.”