TORRINGTON – Eastern Wyoming College golf coach Zach Smith has been named as one of five finalists for the NJCAA Division I Dave Williams Award presents by Golf Pride Grips. The Williams Award honors the national coach of the year in NJCAA I men’s golf.
Other finalists include Jamie Howell of Eastern Florida State, Dave Jennings of Central Alabama, Walt Williams of Midland College, and Hutchinson’s Chris Young.
Smith’s EWC squad won 11 of 13 tournaments it competed in this season. The Lancers were runner-up in their other two events. Additionally, EWC claimed the Region IX title by claiming 10 of the regions 12 tournaments.
The national coach of the year will be announced at the conclusion of the NJCAA Division I national tournament.
EWC golfers earn
The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the PING All-America and All-District teams for NJCAA Division I golf.
Eastern Wyoming College sophomore Harry Walch has been named Second Team All-America, while George Elliott has been named Honorable Mention All-America.
NJCAA Division I PING All-District teams, District I includes Gonzalo Arcelay, Fernandez-Meras, Elliott, RJ Moya, JoVin Tan and Walch.
The Players were recognized at the annual banquet held in conjunction with the NJCAA Division I National Tournament currently underway in Melbourne, Fla.
National tourney update
MELBOURNE, Fla. – After having their first round on Tuesday cut short due to rain, the Eastern Wyoming College golf team wrapped up the first round early on Wednesday morning. They finished the round with a team total of 289.
RJ Moya led the team with a 71, while sophomore Gonzalo Arcelay shot a 72. Sophomores Harry Walch and George Elliott fired a 73, while Mason Hale ended the day with an 80.
The team returned to the course later on Wednesday to play its second round.
Elliott rebounded to shoot even par 72 on day.Arcelay and Walch fired a two-over par, 74 for the day. Moya finished the day six over with a round of 78, while Hale rounded out the Lancer lineup with a round of 82.
As a team, the Lancers are currently tied for 12th in the team standings out of 24 teams.
Individiually, Elliot is tied for 30th, while Arcelay is tied for 36th.
The four-round tournament wraps up Friday.