Nov. 7, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Roger Prenzlow, the head men's golf coach at the University of Wyoming and the head golf professionalat UW's Glenn "Red" Jacoby Golf Club in Laramie, has accepted the head golf professional position at The Old Baldy Club in Saratoga, Wyo.Prenzlow will be assuming his new position in January of 2002.
Currently in his 20th season as men's golf coach at UW, Coach Prenzlow holds the distinction of leading Wyoming to its first teamappearance in the NCAA West Regional -- that occurred in 1992. He is also recognized for recruiting some of the greatest golfers in schoolhistory.
"The Old Baldy Club has always been a special place for me," said Prenzlow. "I remember driving by it as a kid, and always wanting to goplay the course. I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head golf professional at such an outstanding facility. Through the years,we have held some of the fund-raisers for our golf program there, and I've had the opportunity to get to know many members through theyears. I'm grateful to The Old Baldy Club for such a wonderful opportunity.
"The difficult part of the decision was leaving the University of Wyoming. I've had 20 good years here. I've had the privilege ofcoaching some very special people, and some people who are very successful in their careers. That is probably the most satisfying thing forme -- watching the student-athletes grow up, become successful and later bring their families back here to visit. It is the greatest thrill I get frombeing here 20 years.
"We had a pretty good run in the late 80s and early 90s, and again the past couple of years, qualifying a team and a number of individualsfor the NCAA Championships. There are so many positives to the University of Wyoming. We were able to take our kids to some of thepremier collegiate golf tournaments in the country, and play against the top competition at the college level.
"It is very hard to leave the Laramie community. It will always be a special place for my wife Vicki and I. We raised our three daughtershere, and we have many friends here. Two or our daughters, Autumn and Mary, are students at the University of Wyoming, and we are proudthat they are. Our third daughter, Jessica, lives close by in Longmont, Colo. Luckily, we won't be very far away when we move over themountain to Saratoga."
Prenzlow's 1992 team featured Wyoming All-American Dave McCleave, who was selected an All-American by the Golf CoachesAssociation of America. Also in 1992, McCleave was selected First Team All-Conference. McCleave's teammate, Don Abbott, was votedSecond Team All-Conference following his third-place finish at the '92 Conference Championships.
Another of Prenzlow's recruits, Pat Fry, made his mark on the UW golf program. Fry earned Second Team All-Conference honors in both1995 and 1996. As a junior in '95, Fry earned an invitation to the NCAA West Regional as an individual.
In 1999, 2000 and 2001, former UW golfer David Hearn qualified for the NCAA West Regional as an individual. Hearn has also earnedAll-District 7 honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America, and finished in the Final 16 at the '99 U.S. Amateur.
Prenzlow has been head coach of the men's team since his hiring in May of 1982. He coached both the men's and women's teams up untilthe 1992-93 season.
Prior to coming to Laramie, Prenzlow was the assistant golf pro at the Boulder Country Club in Boulder, Colo., from 1979-82.
A native of Boulder, Colo., Prenzlow first competed collegiately at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. He later transferred tothe University of New Mexico where he competed for the Lobo golf team.
Prenzlow graduated from the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Business School prior to joining the Boulder Country Club staff inApril of 1979.
Among his honors are: USA Today Coach of the Year for the state of Wyoming in 1988, being chosen as a member of the NCAA GolfChampionship selection committee, leading the University of Wyoming to an NCAA West Region team appearance in 1992, and coaching theonly individuals in UW history to All-America and All-Conference honors.
He has created a program that thrives on giving young men from such northern states as Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota,Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and even from across the border into Canada an opportunity to compete successfully at the NCAADivision I level.
The University of Wyoming Athletics Department plans on naming a new men's golf coach by January of 2002.