HANOVER BOUND: Former Shawe Hilltopper Joey Mingione will play golf at Hanover College starting this fall. Mingione will join his brother Nico, a Hanover junior, and father Frank, a Hanover assistant coach, with the Panthers. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
HANOVER BOUND: Former Shawe Hilltopper Joey Mingione will play golf at Hanover College starting this fall. Mingione will join his brother Nico, a Hanover junior, and father Frank, a Hanover assistant coach, with the Panthers. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
Hanover College golf meets will have a distinct family feel thanks to the addition of Joey Mingione this fall.

The 2013 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School announced recently that he will attend Hanover and play golf for coach Wayne Perry's Panthers. Mingione will join his brother, junior Nico, on the team and his father Frank currently serves as swing coach at Hanover.

That kind of connection was too much for the youngest Mingione to pass up.

"I'm pretty excited about it," Joey Mingione said. "I get to play with my brother. It's always fun to play with him. We love to go out there and try to beat each other's brains out."

Joey and Nico Mingione paired up in 2010 to win the first sectional title in school history. Joey shot a 74 to finish third that season as a freshman.

Other success followed Joey after that. He was a member of two-straight Ohio River Valley Conference champion teams and after Nico won ORVC individual crowns in 2010 and 2011, Joey added another medal to the family when he took top honors in 2012 with an impressive one-under 71 at Spring Hills Golf Course in Hanover.

Joey also reached the regional round as an individual in 2012 when he shot a 77 in the sectional. He just missed the regional cut this year with an 83.

Despite the successful high school career, Mingione knows that it will get tougher at the next level. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference is a highly competitive league when it comes to golf and Mingione got a chance to watch several matches up close over the past few years.

"I've been to about 10 of Nico's matches. He was playing at No. 4 as a freshman and No. 3 last year but it was amazing to see how good the players were," Mingione said. "The guys that were ahead of him were all better than anybody playing around here. It's just crazy how good the teams are.

"Hanover has a really good team," he added. "If we can beat Transylvania, we'll get to go to the national tournament and that's pretty cool."

In order to make an impact at Hanover, Mingione feels that he will have to improve on the greens. While he is pretty comfortable with the rest of his game, he said that there is still room to get better.

"My short game definitely is something that I will have to work on," Mingione said. "I can hit the ball pretty far and I'm decent with the irons. But I have to work on my short game."

Mingione did look at other schools, even contemplating heading to Louisville or Bellarmine. But in the end, Hanover just worked out.

"My sister goes to Louisville so I've been there before and I thought about Bellarmine," Mingione said. "But I probably wouldn't have been able to play golf at Bellarmine and I definitely would not have been able to play at Louisville."

And the proximity to home was also a selling point for Mingione, rather than a deterrent.

"I like being near home. A lot of my friends can't wait to get away from home but I like being home," he said. "Plus, it'll save me $10,000 by staying at home rather than on campus. That's a big plus."

Mingione plans on majoring in business or something related and would love to take over the family business when the time comes. Frank Mingione is the president of FAS Plastics in Madison.

But until then, he plans on making the most of his college experience and enjoying playing with his brother and father for the next several years.

"It gives us a chance to spend special guy time together," Mingione said with a laugh.