ROCK SPRINGS – While he still has a little golf left at Rock Springs High School, Senior Garret Phillips will continue playing competitively at Central Wyoming College in the fall.
After touring the campus and meeting with Coach Russ Holgate, Phillips decided Central was the place to be. Phillips said he enjoyed the campus and especially liked the health department as he plans on majoring in Kineiology at college.
“I could see myself living there for the next two years,” he said of the recent tour.
Not only did he like the campus, the coach also made an impression. He said several people highly recommended Central and the coach was “straight up” on how much the program wanted him to come aboard. Phillips also liked the future of the program.
“I really think they can make a run for Nationals,” Phillips said.
Coach Holgate is excited about the potential and energy Garret will bring to the team.
“Garret will bring energy to our team. He has good work ethics and good leadership ability,” Coach Holgate said. “Garret will fit our program well, and combined with our other leaders he will help strengthen the core of our program.”
As for expectations, Coach Holgate said his expectations for Garret are no different than anyone else. Work hard in the classroom, work hard on the course and be the best
“Work hard in the classroom, work hard on the course and be the best student-athlete he can be,” coach explained. “I expect Garret to be fighting for the number one or two spot. He will have some good competition for these spots and this competition will be good for him and the rest of the team. Garret has the ability to push himself and others to be the best they can at every practice and every tournament. I’m looking forward to working with Garret and seeing the level of competition he will bring to our program.”
While he still has spring golf left at Rock Springs High School, the two-time All-State golfer will always remember the friendships he has made throughout the state because of golf. He said he will also miss his coaches and teammates at Rock Springs High School.
While he has his sights set on another conference honor in the spring, one of his favorite memories happened just this fall as he recalled the Rock Springs tournament. He said he was golfing alright, hanging around the top ten after day one.
On the second day, Phillips said he was able to focus and played some of the best golf he has. During day two, Garret jumped to second overall. The way he played the second day set the tone for the season and showed him he could do anything he set his mind to.
Garret’s dad Michael Phillips said Garret is still maturing and still recovering from injuries that slowed him early in his high school career.
“His best golf is still ahead of him.”
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