Essert wins Lew Lepore Player of the Year award

TORRINGTON – Torrington High School senior Caleigh Essert become a two-time winner of the Lew Lepore Female Player of the Year award.

The award is handed out to the top male and female golfer in the state of Wyoming regardless of classification.

Blazer golf coach Jeff Halley presented it to Essert the night of the team’s end of the season banquet.

The award didn’t come as a big surprise.

“I was told I was going to get it,” Essert said.

Lepore was instrumental in the induction of high school golf in Wyoming. He started the first high school golf program in Wyoming as a coach in Cheyenne in 1957. He coached for more than 30 years at Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East High Schools, turned pro in 1965 and has worked at Cheyenne Airport Golf Club.

Lepore has been inducted into the Wyoming State Golf Association Hall of Fame and Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame.

Not only did she win the Lepore award, she was also invited to a Wyoming Golf Hall of Fame banquet to be honored as Girls Junior Golfer of the Year.

Essert finished her high school career undefeated during her junior and senior seasons. She had not lost a tournament since finishing third at the state tournament in 2016.

“It’s been a lot of fun, that’s for sure,” she said.

Essert was also instrumental in helping the Lady Blazers win the first state golf tournament in school history earlier in September.

“Never in my dreams did I think we would win by 80 strokes,” she said. “It feels really cool to be a part of that team and help lead them to a championship.”

She plans to pursue golf at the collegiate level but is not sure where yet.

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