At the 26th annual EWC Foundation Golf Tournament and Calcutta, $1,100 was raised to support the EWC golf program. Over the past three years, EWC has qualified for the national tournament three times and has been steadily improving against the top community colleges in the country.
In 2016, EWC Golf, ranked first in Region IX winning outright, eight of their ten tournaments. According to Zach Smith, coach of EWC Golf “We have been blessed with a talented group of student athletes and with a promising group of new recruits; we look forward to continuing our success.”
Part of the success of the EWC program is building community partnerships and providing opportunities that extend beyond the course. This year EWC golfers Jared Pilkington and Eric Lovell participated in the Foundation’s Golf Tournament by being optional tee shot specialists on hole nine. Of the 22 golf teams participating, 20 purchased the chance to play the lie of the EWC golfers tee shot. Smith stated, “the golfers did a great job, sticking the ball within five feet of the pin on their first couple of shots.” Smith continued, “providing a chance for community members to see EWC golfers in action, showcases their talent and will help them grow as young men and leaders in the community.” Pilkington, who recently graduated from Scottsbluff High School and will be a new addition to the golf team, commented on the tournament by saying “It was awesome to meet community members who cherish the college and its athletic programs. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people in the community want to be involved.”
The 2016-2017 season looks promising for EWC golf as four sophomores will return to the team and a group of extremely talented freshman will be added to the lineup. The golfers will be on campus in late August and their first tournament will be in Colorado. Smith seeks to capitalize on their 2016 success by setting the goal of defending their Region IX championship and earning a 4th consecutive trip to the national tournament. Smith also attributes the success of the team to the support from Cottonwood Country Club. “Dave Dent has been outstanding in his assistance, we have a beautiful course here in Torrington, and Dave is always willing to give time and support the team.” For more information on EWC Golf, please contact Zach Smith (307) 532-8232 / firstname.lastname@example.org