Chris James enjoys family, basketball and, of course, golf.


CEDAR RAPIDS – For many, Chris James has his priorities in the right order.

James is a husband, father, teacher and coach.

He is also a very good golfer.

A third-grade teacher at Indian Creek Elementary School in Linn-Mar for the past seven years, James is also the head golf coach for boys and girls at Linn-Mar High School. He is also the head coach of women’s basketball at Cedar Rapids Washington.

He enjoys playing golf himself and participates in several tournaments each summer. The Cedar Rapids City Am is something he looks forward to every year.

“Growing up playing these courses since I was 12, this is definitely a special tournament for me,” said James, who won four City Am titles and placed sixth at the 2020 event. last weekend.

A “normal” summer for James would mean around 30 to 40 rounds of golf. This summer he shot about 10 rounds. So the 75 he shot last Friday at the Gardner Golf Course isn’t that bad.

He would have liked to shoot better, but considering he makes big swing changes, it wasn’t that disappointing.

James said his putting, usually a strong area, didn’t work for him in the first round. He would have liked to put more putts and said he needed to work on his consistency and have more confidence.

He returned with rounds of 71 and 73 at Ellis Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday.

James hopes to compete in the CRANDIC Tour Championship in September and be invited to the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Ryder Cup event. He has qualified for the Ryder Cup for 13 consecutive years.

He is also getting ready for the boys’ golf season and enjoys coaching at both schools. James can’t pick a favorite sport to train, but he said “you can’t fake a basketball game night, an adrenaline rush, be in the moment.”

James’ basketball team suffered some costly injuries last season, but “I love the girls that we have to come.”

His girls’ golf teams finished seventh, sixth and third in the state tournament and he coached one of the boys, Dillon Burr, to an individual state title last fall.

When he’s not golfing or coaching, James enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and 18-month-old son, Maddux.

“I like to spend the summers off,” he said. “I can spend time with my family. “

Her brother, sister, and parents all live within a two-mile radius, which makes spending time with them much easier. He and his family try to make the most of the summer outdoors as much as possible.

They love fishing, hiking, biking and of course golf,

Linn-Mar coach Chris James chats with Tori Niemeyer during the 2019 CRANDIC tournament at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville. James also coaches the Lions Men’s Team and the Washington Women’s Basketball Team and is one of the top golfers in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)

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