TORRINGTON – Eastern Wyoming College sophomore golfer Conrado Chozas signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his golfing career for the North Carolina A&T Aggies, located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Madrid, Spain native is a long way from home but came to Torrington and Eastern Wyoming College when no one else would give him a chance to play golf at the collegiate level.
“I come from Madrid, a town of six million, and here, it’s a town of 6,000 people. When I was looking for a college, Eastern Wyoming was a top 10 team in the junior college,” Chozas said. “It was a great chance to start the adventure. I didn’t want him to regret it, so I’ve worked as hard I can to make it work. I have nothing but good words for Torrington. It can be tough at some points because you miss your family and your people, but the people here have a strong community and try to help you and they support you.”
He has made the most of the opportunity during his time as a member of the EWC golf team and has been an integral part of last season’s Region IX Championship team.
Chozas has five top 10 finishes to his credit with a pair of top five finishes with a fourth-place finish being his highest placing at the Otero Junior College tournament his freshman season. He has also helped the Lancers to six team wins, along with the Region IX title.
He chose the Aggies for the growing and developing NCAA Division I program.
“They are competitive. I think they are trying to build a strong program. At the end of the day, that’s what I want. I want to compete at the highest level possible. So, signing with this D. I is huge for me, my family and my friends who have supported me,” Chozas said. “When I had this chance, I had to take it, and I’m thankful to North Carolina for this opportunity and also to my coach here in Wyoming because he gave me a chance when no one else would give me one. He believed in me, and I will always be thankful.”
He is also thankful for his biggest supporter – his father.
“My father is the biggest supporter, and he is always the one telling me when I’m not doing right.”
Chozas is double majoring in business administration and sociology.
“He’s been awesome. We’ve had a great relationship since he’s gotten here. He was so excited to come out here. He’s been great. He’s been a contributor since he’s been here,” EWC coach Zach Smith said. “These guys deserve it. We have seven sophomores, and I truly think, we’ll sign all seven to play at another place.”
Chozas and the NJCAA No. 16-ranked Lancers return to the links March 24-25 in Lamar, Colorado as they look to finish atop the Region IX standings once again and return to the NJCAA National Tournament in May at the Odessa Golf Club in Odessa, Texas.