TORRINGTON – Eastern Wyoming College sophomore golfer Gonzalo Arcelay signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his golfing career at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.
Arcelay, a Munguia, Spain native, came to the area to learn about a different culture.
“I’ve had a great time here,” he said. “People are great. It’s a small community, but everyone helps. It’s a pretty good place to be.”
During that time, he has made his presence felt around the region on the golf course.
Arcelay has won five golf tournaments in his time as a member of the Lancer golf team.
“I’ve worked pretty hard here, and I think I’ve played pretty well this year,” he said.
He won twice during his freshman season, helping EWC to a Region IX championship and a berth at the NJCAA National Golf Championship last season in Lubbock, Texas where the Lancers finished 18th. Individually, Arcelay finished tied for 58th.
Through one semester of his sophomore campaign, he has won three of the six tournaments this season, helping EWC to six team titles and a No. 19 ranking in the latest NJCAA Division I golf rankings.
He is heading to a Wingate Bulldog program which is currently No. 21 in the latest NCAA Division II rankings.
“I knew I was going somewhere. It was kind of tough to try and find a place to be. Golf is pretty hard because you need to find a place to play year around. Sometimes it’s good to take time off in the winter, like here,” Arcelay said. “It’s a pretty competitive program.”
He plans to finish his business degree while at Wingate.
The Lancers resume the golf season March 21-22 at the Lamar (Colo.) Community College spring tournament.