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Pictured: James Noonan, head golf coach for Galesburg High School and Blake Pelland, General Manager at Kunes Toyota of Galesburg, driving in a 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6; Text reads: Kunes Car Convos, James Noonan - Galesburg Golf

Kunes Auto & RV Group Presents Car Convos: The 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6 and James Noonan of Galesburg Golf

Published on Sep 11, 2023 by Talia Mushinsky

In this episode of Kunes Car Convos


  • What aspects of coaching golf does James Noonan like most? (5:00)
  • The first shot is the hardest (10:50)
  • And we talk about the evolution of Drivers (18:20)

Welcome back to another engaging episode of Kunes Car Convos. In this fresh installment, join Kunes Toyota of Galesburg's General Manager, Blake Pelland, as he talks golf with Galesburg High School's Head Golf Coach, James Noonan. Come along for the ride while they explore Galesburg, comfortably seated in the all-new 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6.

A Love for Golf Fostered from Childhood

James caught the golf bug quite early in life, having been introduced to the sport around the age of 8 or 9 by his dad, who was also a golf enthusiast. This passion seems to be a family tradition as James' daughter is now following in her dad's footsteps, developing a liking for the game.

The Home Course Experience

When it comes to practicing their swings and honing their skills, Bunker Links serves as the home course for the team. During the convo, Coach Noonan even gave a special shout out to the PGA professional, Bryan Luedtke, who always ensures the team is well taken care of during their practice sessions.

Coaching Golf vs. Basketball: A Different Ball Game

James shares some candid insights into the contrasting experiences of coaching golf versus basketball. While basketball is all about high-energy strategies and pacing up and down the sidelines, golf offers a more relaxed ambiance.


Coach Noonan typically positions himself ahead of his team under a shade tree, keenly observing as they progress down the green. He motivates the young players to concentrate on their upcoming shots and to quickly recover from any previous setbacks.

Nuggets of Wisdom and A Pinch of Humor

Our conversation wouldn't be complete without diving into James' favorite inspirational quotes and golf tips for enthusiasts out there.


He believes in the importance of sticking to a routine to alleviate pressure and enhance focus during the game. A quirky tidbit from our chat - if James aims to score his best, he leaves his driver at home, opting instead for a club he got for just $40, proving that sometimes simplicity wins!

As for a little inspiration, James leans on a powerful quote: "Even if you're on the right track, you’ll still get run over if you just sit there." Oh, and if you're looking for a good golf movie to watch, James recommends classics like CaddyShack, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and Tin Cup.

Hidden Gems in Galesburg

For those eager to explore the golfing scene, James points out Valley View Golf Course in Cambridge as a hidden gem, alongside the picturesque and affordable Fyre Lake Golf Club in Sherrard, IL. And remember, as Leon Wilson (not Mark Twain) humorously noted, "Golf is a good walk spoiled!"

Stay tuned for more engaging conversations from the Kunes Car Convos series, where we bring you exciting stories and insights from the vibrant Galesburg community. Until next time, keep driving and swinging!

Explore Features on the 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6

This midsize truck combines innovation and luxury, featuring a robust 4WD system perfect for city streets or rugged adventures. Enjoy unmatched connectivity with an integrated wifi hotspot and seamless Android and Apple CarPlay integration, transforming every journey into an immersive entertainment experience. Experience comfort like never before with a dual-zone A/C system, adaptable driver lumbar support, and a convenient pass-through rear seat. Plus, stay informed with a state-of-the-art trip computer and enjoy safe travels with heated mirrors. Elevate your drive with the Tacoma TRD Sport at Kunes Toyota in Galesburg, IL.

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