RIVERTON – The Eastern Wyoming College golf team opened the 2022 season with a first and second place finish to start the year.
The Lancers opened the season in McCook, Nebraska, finishing second at the always challenging course.
“McCook played tough as usual,” coach Zach Smith said. “We have a young team that hadn’t seen the course yet, so we learned a lot on day one. We didn’t have our best tournament but there were some positives to take away from it.”
Freshman George Cordall led the team with a one-over par 145 for the tournament to finish third. Cordall shot a second-round best 69 during Friday’s second round.
“George played great on day two,” Smith said. “Anytime you shoot under par at McCook, you’ve had a great day. We have some work to do but the guys and I are ready for the challenge.”
Freshman Noah Taylor finished the opening weekend seventh with rounds of 74 and 79, while freshman Leander Suttka placed 10th after rounds of 76 and 79. The Lancers also had Oscar Behle and Ryker Dunkley finish tied for 17th with a two-day total of 162. Landon Leatherman tied for 22nd with a 166.
As a team, EWC finished second with 608. McCook won the team title with 587.
The next week, the Lancers picked up their first win of the season at the fall Central Wyoming College tournament in Riverton.
Cordall, again, paced EWC, picking up the individual win as well. He fired two rounds of 73 to finish two-over par with a 146.
“It was great to come away with the team win and the individual win by George,” Smith said. “He played solid both days.”
Suttka finished sixth with a 151, while Dunkley placed ninth with rounds of 75 and 78. Taylor came home 10th, only one shot back of Dunkley. Behle and Leatherman finished 15th and 16th, respectively.
The Lancers won the team title by seven strokes over McCook. EWC shot 602 to McCook’s 609.
“Overall, the guys played well as a team, but we know we’ll have to play better as we move through the season to get where we want to be,” Smith said. “It’s been fun to get out there with a lot of new guys to see what we can do and how we can work together to improve each week. We are looking forward to hosting our home event.”
Eastern Wyoming hosts this week’s Region IX Tournament in Torrington. Action began Thursday afternoon and wraps up Friday morning. Tee time is schedule for 9 a.m.