Three Dodge City Conquistador golfers signed with the University of Nebraska Omaha Tuesday morning.
Witchayapat “Tiger” Sinsrang, Nick Kagy and Parker Waters all signed during the NCAA’s early-signing period to play golf there after their final year as Conquistadors.
Sinsrang, who is from Thailand, said he was excited, and that the time he has spent as a Conquistador has allowed him to get used to the weather in central Kansas, and learn to play both in the wind and cold.
“In Thailand it’s just hot and not windy at all, so when I came here I learned how to play with the wind, I learned how to play when I had a large jacket on like when it’s cold, so I’m kind of ready to go there,” Sinsrang said.
Kagy said he went through the junior college process because playing Division I golf had always been his overriding goal.
“I’m excited to get up there and get after it the next two years,” Kagy said.
Kagy and Waters both said they look forward to playing with some of the same teammates they played with in Dodge City.
“I think we have the weapons to be very successful and possibly make history for the team up there,” Kagy said. “So I’m just looking forward to making as big of an impact as I can up there.”
Waters said he feels ready to go to the next level.
“I think there’s a misconception at the junior-college level it’s not always competitive, but it’s extremely competitive and (head coach Chris Robinson has) really helped us get that mindset of that we need to go out there and try our very best even if it’s just in practice,” Waters said.
Robinson said he was glad the players were able to sign during the early-signing session because it will allow them to play this spring without as much pressure.
“They should have an chance to win the Summit League and make it to the NCAA’s, which is all you can ask for,” Robinson said. “I think it’s big for all of em.”
The players will join two other former members of the Conquistador golf team on the Omaha roster: Cole Christain and Bank Chantrakantanond.
The players have grown Robinson said. There’s a light, he said, that clicks on but when that happens depends on the individual player.
“Them playing ‘bad,’ their ‘bad’ now is still usable at 76 (or) 77 instead of 83 (or) 84,” Robinson said.