NCHS golfers begin anew with Fullmer

Cory Griffith/For the Herald Members of the Tiger and Lady Tiger golf team include: Jozalyn Potter (from left), Abby Kottwitz, Sierra Eaton, Camden Rose, Ryan Bruegger and Gabe Matthews. Not pictured is Cory Bruegger.

LUSK – Eddie Fullmer has spent most of his life around the game of golf and is excited to take the reins from Rich and Deb Murray.

“I’ve told both of them that it was so welcoming to come out and see the returning players, the fundamentals are correct,” said Fullmer. “You can tell they’ve been taught it right and are trying to do it the way they’ve been coached.”

Three returning seniors lead a small group of golfers and all are looking to move up the leaderboard in their final season. Jozalyn Potter finished sixth last year to earn All-State and was just outside of the top 10 as a sophomore.

“One of my goals is to get in the top three at state, and as a team I think we can be in the top three there too,” mentioned Potter.

Abby Kottwitz was six strokes from being All State last season and is looking to shoot around 120 consistently, which would please Fullmer.

“The nice thing about team golf is that it requires consistency to be successful,” he added. “I’ve told the kids it doesn’t take two great rounds, but two consistent rounds.”

Ryan Bruegger hits golf balls into the pasture and it paid off with an All State performance last fall. Like his female classmates, a top finish is the goal.

“I’ve played a little bit this summer and hopefully I can get into the top five,” Bruegger said.

Sierra Eaton is the only sophomore and will round out the Lady Tigers trio. Fullmer has seen improvement and willingness to learn, and her scoring will help Potter and Kottwitz’s goal of a top three finish this fall.

Three freshmen boys are on the squad and Fullmer is encouraged by their potential.

“What a nice young core to work with, hopefully we can build something positive the next few years,” Fullmer added. Cory Bruegger, Camden Rose and Gabe Matthews will be Ryan’s sidekicks this fall and the elder Bruegger noted, “Yeah, It will be kind of weird.”

The Thermopolis boys are the 2A favorite while the Sundance girls have the nod in early predictions. The state championships are scheduled in Kemmerer Sept. 18-19.

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