Essert signs NLI to golf at Arizona Christian

Tom Milstead/Torrington Telegram Caleigh Essert, surrounded by her parents Casey and Pam, signed her National Letter of Intent Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Torrington High School’s Willi Gym.

TORRINGTON – Caleigh Essert had always wanted an opportunity to go to a warmer climate and play golf, and she is now getting that chance.

Essert officially signed her National Letter of Intent Thursday, Nov. 29 in front of family, friends and teammates at Torrington High School to continue her golf career at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix.

“I’ve been going to Arizona since I’ve been a little girl and have fallen in love with the state,” she said.

With the dream of playing college golf, it seemed like joining the Firestorm program was just the thing.

“At Arizona Christian, you can golf year around and don’t have to travel much because all the golf tournaments are held down there,” Essert said.

She has known she was going to attend since the middle of October when the school made it official with a press release.

“We are excited as a team and as a school to have Caleigh join us next fall,” ACU head coach Bryan Altena said in the release. “Caleigh brings a very impressive resume of accomplishments with her. She will be an impact player right away and a key to our team success. The only downside we will have to wait till next season.”

Essert led the Lady Blazers to their first state golf championship in September, shooting an all-class state record two-over par, 146 over the two-day event.

“I didn’t even know there was a record for it,” Essert said.

Then THS head coach Jeff Halley looked into it, discovering her score was not only a 3A record but an all-class record.

Essert dominated the weekend, winning by 32 strokes.

“That was pretty cool,” Essert said.

During her final two seasons as a Lady Blazer, Essert never lost a tournament.

“My first year, I was pretty much the only girl on the team,” she said. “Then we built the team and by my junior and senior years, we were able to compete at state.”

Essert heads to ACU with a lengthy list of accomplishments on top of the two individual state titles. She is a two-time Wyoming State Golf Association Girls Junior Golfer of the Year and a WSGA Women’s Player of the Year. Essert also won the 2018 Wyoming Junior State Amateur Champion, qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

Essert plans on majoring in business.


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