Jan 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAaron Nirider will continue his golf career in the fall at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.
The Riverton High School senior made it official Thursday afternoon when he signed a national letter of intent to play at the junior college.
The Eastern Wyoming Lancers play in the Region IX division.
Nirider placed third in September at the Class 4-A state tournament in Casper.
"I played the course in Torrington and I liked it," Nirider said. "I liked the atmosphere. I have family in Torrington."
Nirider's uncle, Mike Meeboer, lives in Torrington. A cousin, Chandler Meeboer from Casper Natrona, also will play golf for the Lancers.
"It will be pretty fun to be with him," Nirider said. "We are going to room together. I'm excited and looking forward to playing college golf."
Nirider will be playing tournaments in Colorado, Nebraska and Montana later this year.
"I need to work on my putting," Nirider said. "You can never be perfect in putting. That is probably the most important part of your game. I need to work hard on that."
Nirider finished his career with a third-place finish in late September at the Class 4-A boys golf tournament at the Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper.
Nirider ended one stroke out of first. At state, Nirider had rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total. "I think that it was a pretty big deal," Nirider said. "It got my name out there to at least the Torrington coach. I was very happy with all the hard work I put into it."
The Riverton Wolverines came up with a third-place finish at the Class 4-A state tournament in the team standings. RHS was second the week before at the Class 4-A West conference tournament.
"Aaron is everything that you want out as a player," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "He has a great drive. He has a great work ethic. He has some natural ability. He put those together to make himself a very good high school golfer."
Nirider was a three-year starter for the Wolverines.
"Aaron started out the year very good," Flanagan said. "Nirider has two-time all-state honors. As a junior, he finished sixth at the state tournament held at the Riverton Country Club. .
"At state, which was on a very tough course, he played a smart and good as game as you can play," Flanagan said. "Aaron did a very good job on showing the kids what it takes to be a very good golfer."
Flanagan has faith Nirider will adjust to the junior college game in the fall.
"Going up to another level will be a whole new challenge," Flanagan said.
"He will get there quickly."
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