Central's Prom wins Torrington tourney

Sep 14, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Saying Samalie Prom has burst onto the Region IX golf scene would be an understatement.

Central Wyoming College's freshman swinger from Logan, Utah, blitzed the field in her first college tournament last week, winning the Eastern Wyoming College Invitational in Torrington.

Prom fired an opening-round 93 to take command of the event, then followed up with a 90 in the second round for a two-day total of 183, good for a 19-shot victory over runner-up Domingue Contreras of Otero Junior College, who posted 100-102-202.

Central's Tara Cottrill was fourth with a 100-114-214, with teammates Kaylee Smith in eighth (125-114-239) and Ariana Curtis 11th (155-134-289).

The Lady Rustlers' team score of 473-452-925 was good enough for second behind winners Eastern Wyoming College.

On the men's side of the fairways, the host Lancers swept the top four places on their home course, with Molosi Togisala winning with a 69-73-142.

However, the top five in the field were only separated by four shots, with Central's Kaleb Spiva tied for fourth with a card of 73-73-146, with Rustlers teammates Garret Phillips in 11th (77-78-155), Dustin Corun 15th (77-81-158), Cameron Carter 24th (83-79-162), Justin Blan 27th (81-83-164), Dawson Ritt 29th (82-84-166), Ben Stoinski 33rd (83-87-170) and Kolbey Wells 35th (85-87-172).

The Rustlers finished third as a team at 310-311-621, behind winner Eastern Wyoming, which was just 2 over as a team at 285-293-578.

Central head coach Russ Holgate said his squad did well -- with room for improvement, although he was certainly duly pleased with Prom's effort.

"We played good for our first tournament -- not our best, but decent," said Holgate. "I felt like we had a strong showing from Kaleb and Garret on the men's side, both keeping their scores in the 70s, and on the women's side, you can't ask for more from Samalie than a win in her first tournament."

With the fall season only beginning and much work to be done, Holgate believes his squad is on an upswing.

"We still have a ways to go with our team," said Holgate. "But, everyone is engaged in practice and has the attitude 'we'll get better and post some team wins.'"

Central is hosting a tournament Thursday and Friday at the par-72 Riverton Country Club course.