TORRINGTON – Coming off the most successful season in Eastern Wyoming College history, the Lancers hope to continue that success as the team opens the 2019-2020 season on Aug. 29-30 in Riverton at the Central Wyoming College fall tournament.
Last season, the Lancers finished 13th at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Golf Championship in Melbourne, Fla., but Smith has turned the page on the season and is excited to see what the upcoming season has in store.
It should come as no surprise, EWC has its sights set on another trip to nationals, this time held in Odessa, Texas.
“Expectations are going to be to win the Region IX championship again and make the national championship, again,” EWC coach Zack Smith said.
The Lancers could have their hands full with an ever-improving Region IX golf scene.
“I’ve been told one or two of the other teams will be improved,” Smith said. “We’ve worked hard and had some success, but the region has gotten better and better.”
On the bright side, EWC has five sophomores back from a year ago – the most Smith has ever had return, which will prove beneficial for the upcoming season.
“The fact we have five returning sophomores; we’ll lean on them,” he said.
The list of returners includes a pair who made the trip to Florida for the national tournament a year ago in RJ Moya and Mason Hale.
Moya finished tied for 75th, while Hale finished tied for 96th.
“Their experience is going to be huge,” Smith said.
Also back are JoVin Tan, Eric Stevens and Colby Clay, who contributed throughout last season, as well.
As in recent years, Eastern Wyoming will once again feature a unique international flair on its 2019-20 roster.
Incoming freshman hail from Benoni, South Africa, Colchester, United Kingdom and Prague, Czech Republic.
“I like to have a balance on the team,” Smith said. “This year, we will. We’ll have five domestic and four internationals.”
One of top incoming freshman this season is Lucas Howell from Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I’m really excited for him. He could easily be one of our best golfers coming in,” Smith said.
The Lancers will host their fall tournament on Sept. 5-6 at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Torrington.