STERLING, Colo. – The Eastern Wyoming College golf team is starting to hit its stride this spring.
Last week, the Lancers won a pair of tournaments.
The first came in a midweek tournament in Lincoln, Neb., featuring a large contingent of four-year universities.
The Lancers topped the Blue River Classic field of 18 other collegiate teams from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
The Lancers won the two-day tournament with a total score of 596. Midland University was second with a score of 599.
“This was the first tournament, in my knowledge of Lancer golf history, that we have participated in with mostly University teams. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was great to come out of the first day with a 10-stroke lead,” EWC coach Zach Smith said.
Individually, sophomore Gonzalo Arcelay won the tournament, shooting a two-day total of 143 (70-73). Sophomore Harry Walch finished tied for seventh with a 149 (73-76), while sophomore George Elliott was tied for 11th with a 150 (75-75). Freshman RJ Moya tied for 26th with a 155 (81-84), while freshman JoVin Tan finished tied for 28th with a 156 (80-76).
“The course was great and the weather cooperated. Gonzalo and Harry positioned themselves well the first day for a top 10 finish,” Smith said. “The second day did bring some rain and a new course, but the guys performed well again to finish on top. I’m so proud of this group, on the course, and in the classroom.”
A few days later, the Lancers returned a little closer to home for Region IX action in Sterling for the Northeast Junior College Tournament.
Eastern Wyoming again topped the field with a two-day total of 563. McCook (Neb.) Community College was second with 597.
“The team continued with the momentum from the win at the Blue River Classic and shot the lowest team total in my time coaching,” Smith said. “They played great on Thursday to jump out to a 15-stroke lead by Friday, and they played the best golf I’ve seen during my time here.
Four players shot under par on the second day.
It included Walch who finished the weekend with an -8, 136 to win the tournament. Elliott was second with a 139, while Tan was fourth with a 145. Arcelay placed sixth with a 146, while Moya came home 10th with a 151.
As a team, the Lancers shot -14 on the weekend.
According to Smith, he thinks both the team score and Walch’s -8 were both school records, as he works to verify that information.
Due to the pending weather forecast in Torrington, the Lancers home tournament has been moved to April 25-26. The Lancers will travel to LaJunta, Colo., April 11-12 for the Otero Junior College Tournament.