There’s a new leader for the Laramie High School golf program with the 2017 season already underway. Logan Spence has been hired as the new head coach.

Spence was an assistant the past three years and takes over for Kurk Aegerter. He retired from teaching at the end of the last school year. Then decided to step away from coaching over the summer.

Spence said it wasn’t unexpected.

“Coach (Aegerter) always intended for me to take over when he was done. I’m just excited. We have a good group of young kids coming back, and they’re fun to be around. They’re fun kids. We’re improving every day, so it’s a very exciting time right now.”

Laramie opened their season last Thursday and Friday at the Wheatland Invite. They are hosting their own Laramie Invite today at Jacoby Golf Course.

Spence said what he learned over the past three years as an assistant that he feels will benefit him as head coach is developing relationships has been important.

“We have kids that make it easy, which is nice. They come, they work hard, and I think developing the program and learning what coach (Aegerter) did for all those years that he had experience, and then putting my own twist on it and taking it from there has been where we’ve started.”

Laramie returns three letter winners for each team from a year ago. Both squads finished in 10th place at the 4A State Championships last fall, and that’s something that Coach Spence wants to see improve.

Senior’s Colby Clay and Henry Yost, as well as junior move-in Tate Noble will lead the Plainsmen roster. Junior Kenzie Yeend will be one of the Lady Plainsmen to watch this season.

Spence says staying consistent with how they do things will be a major key for both boys and girls.

Spence knows there’s some good teams in 4A this year, but believes they can be in the mix.

“We have to have the consistency, and where we run into it, we probably don’t have the depth some of the other teams have… We’ll be competitive, and we’ll need to grow, but we will be competitive.”

KOWB’s David Settle also had a chance to visit with senior Colby Clay about the golf season getting underway, the coaching change, his love for the game and more.

After today’s home tournament at Jacoby, Laramie heads to the Cheyenne Invite Thursday and Friday at the Airport Golf Course. They will also have trips to Rawlins and Casper in the coming weeks. The 4A Wyoming State Golf Championships will be Sept. 15 and 16 at Purple Sage Municipal Golf Course in Evanston.