Nov 8, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAaron Nirider didn't have any problems adjusting to college golf at Eastern Wyoming College.
Nirider, a 2013 Riverton High School graduate, has stepped right into the golf lineup for the Eastern Lancers in Torrington.
The Lancers won four of their fall tournaments to sit in first place in the Region IX Division I.
"Aaron performed very well for his first college semester," Eastern Wyoming golf coach Casey Jones said.
Nirider is sitting third in the region individually. He finished in the top six in all five fall events and won Eastern's home tournament in Torrington.
Nirider won the title with a score of 71.
"Aaron is hitting the ball very well," Jones said. "He has improved his putting. If he continues to do so, he will be in position to stay right in the top three."
Golfers had to battle tough conditions in the tournament at Eastern.
"We got rained out of a couple of holes in Torrington, but were able to play 36 holes in the rest of the tournaments."
Jones has lofty expectations for Nirider the rest of his freshman season.
"I hope he continues his excellent play for himself, but more importantly for our team," Jones said.
In Nirider's third-place finish at Lamar, had two scores of 74 for a 148.
"We have a very good team," Jones said. "As talented as Aaron is, he is actually our No. 3 man."
The two sophomores on the roster for Eastern are Garrett Mortimer and Brandon Rideour.
Mortimer is from Casper, while Rideour is from Wamsutter.
"Two sophomores are leading the team, although Aaron did play a little better than one of them in a couple of tournaments. Also our four man is very similar to Aaron as far as ability and potential. We really have four good players and two more kids who are competing for the five-man spot with very solid scores and hard work."
The other first-year players are Chandler Meeboer (Casper), Josh Wilson (Plain City, Utah) and Deyten Klein (Holyoke, Colo).
"I really like this team because of their talent," Jones said.
"Their focus in the classroom, and how they are interacting with the community in Torrington. They are representing our college and their home towns very well so far."
The spring season for the Lancers start on March 27-28 at the Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
There are a total of five spring tournaments on Eastern's schedule.
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