Apr 14, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorA pair of Lady Rustlers won tournaments at Lamar and McCook Community Colleges.
The Lady Rustlers of Central Wyoming College have burned up the Region IX fairways recently, as Baillee Watt and Sarah Schroefel won events at Lamar Community College and McCook Community College, respectively.
First up was Watt, who fired an opening-round 77 at Lamar on March 30-31, before weather shortened the second round to nine holes, with here 121 score good enough to outdistance the field by 10 shots.
Central's Kendra Miller (97-53-150) was seventh, while Tara Cottrill (120-48-168) finished ninth.
According to Central head coach Russ Holgate, Watt continues to blossom.
"Baillee had a great tournament. She got a lead early and continued to play well even in tough conditions," said Holgate. "She's playing really well for the lack of practice we've had."
The Lady Rustlers were second as a team at -5, behind winners Otero Junior College (-38).
On the men's side, Jacob Stoinski was the low Rustler, posting 75-42-117, good enough for 12th place, with Central teammates Caleb Spiva (78-48-119) in 13th, Jarret Barr (73-51-124) was 15th, Kolbey Wells (87-40-127) was 19th and Ben Stoinski (89-45-134) finished 26th.
Central's men finished fifth at -79 behind winners Eastern Wyoming College, who fired a -113 for the event.
The computerized under-par numbers reflect the nine-hole second round, effectively calculating the 27-hole scores as if 36 had been played.
The following week in Nebraska, the Rustlers teed it up at the McCook Community College tourney and this time, it was Schroefel who shone for Central with a two-shot victory after posting an 88-88-176.
Schroefel is showing the kind of consistency necessary for success at the college level, said Holgate.
"Sarah is playing pretty solid right now," he said. "She won the tournament in McCook in pretty bad conditions the second day. She's always a steady player and is either winning or real close to the leaderboard."
Miller scored the best result of her college career with a third-place finish after firing 98-92-190, while Cottrill was eighth at 108-119-227.
As far as Miller is concerned, the former Riverton golfer is beginning to flash signs of her potential, said Holgate.
"Kendra is starting to play to her abilities," he said. "McCook's golf course is like walking up and down hole No. 12 in Lander on every hole. It's not a great walking course and Kendra played 36 holes on a broken ankle. So, all in all, she's playing really well."
For the men, Spiva was seventh at 79-81-160, Jacob Stoinski 20th (89-89-178), Wells 24th (87-96-183) and Ben Stoinski 26th (99-91-190).
The ladies failed to field the requisite four golfers to qualify for a team score, while the men were fifth (+114) after winners Eastern Wyoming (+49).
For the men, Jacob Stoinski has been the bright spot thus far this season, said Holgate.
"Jacob was the low man for the Lamar tournament," he said. "He hits the ball straight and long. When his game is on, he'll play in the 70s. Jacob pushes himself to get better every week -- he's a solid player."
As far as team results overall, Holgate is optimistic things are beginning to fall into place for his squad.
"As a team, we've had a different low man each week. If we can put two rounds together as a team, we can be pushing the number one team. But, it will take a team effort. The guys know they're better than what the scores are showing and we just have to find a way to get everybody on their game at the same time for two rounds," said Holgate. "The ladies are holding their own, only having one tournament so far that qualifies for a team score."
Next for Central is a tournament at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado on Thursday and Friday.
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