EWC golfer signs with Idaho school

TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College sophomore golfer Oscar Behle announced last week, he will continue his education and golf career at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

The connection to LC was aided by EWC coach Zach Smith.

“Coach Smith emailed their coach, coach (Zach) Anderson, and from there, we started having conversations,” Behle said. “It felt like a good match.”

Lewis-Clark College is an NAIA institute which competes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. So far this season, the Warriors have picked up one team win and has finished in the top five in their four tournaments.

Behle came to Torrington from Hjarup, Sweden.

“My family hired an agency which had good contacts with coach (Zach) Smith,” Behle said. “Coach and I had some FaceTime calls, and we developed a good relationship.”

Since then, Behle has enjoyed his time in the United States.

“It’s been great. It’s been a great learning experience, especially coming here as an international,” Behle said. “I didn’t really know what to expect coming here. Huge hospitability. Everyone has been super nice and has taken care of me. I’m going to miss the people here, and thanks to coach Smith for giving me the opportunity to come here.”

During his time at EWC, Behle has had several top finishes, including a trio of thirds.

His freshman season, he finished third twice, including twice in Riverton at the Central Wyoming College tournament. He finished no worse than 16th on a team which won the Region IX championship.

This season, Behle has struggled with a wrist injury but still finished third at the home tournament at Cottonwood at Torrington Golf Course.

“I’ve had a bad wrist for a while now, but it’s getting a lot better now,” he said. “It showed a bit last semester.”

In his final semester at Eastern Wyoming College, faces the tall task of finishing strong both on and off the golf course.

“Got a few difficult classes, but I’ll manage. I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing before and everything will work out as it did previously,” Behle said. “I just keep grinding on the course and off the course, and I’ll reach my goals.”

He has been studying business administration at EWC and plans to continue down that road when arrives in Lewiston.

“Oscar has been awesome,” EWC coach Zach Smith said. “The relationship we’ve built over the last, really, three years when it started with his recruitment, their family is great. It was fun to meet them when they came to the US a few months ago. Amazing family. Amazing guy. Blessed to be a part of his journey.”

EWC begins the spring portion of the schedule on March 23-24 in Lamar, Colorado. EWC will host its spring tournament on April 20-21.

“We are working out, using our indoor facility and getting dialed in. We are going into the spring season sitting second in the region. It’ll be the first time for me since I started coaching,” Smith said. “I’m motivated. The guys are motivated to get back in first place based on our points system. McCook has a very good team this year. So do we, and I’m excited to see what we can do.”