Ponoka Golfer signs with Stetson University

Hard work and dedication by Ponoka gofer Jared Nicolls earned him a spot on Stetson University’s men’s team

Ponoka’s Jared Nicolls signs his acceptance letter to Stetson University recently as he is to join the golf team at the university.

Ponoka’s Jared Nicolls signs his acceptance letter to Stetson University recently as he is to join the golf team at the university.

Hard work and dedication by Ponoka golfer Jared Nicolls earned him a spot on Stetson University’s men’s team.

Nicolls will head to Florida this fall to study at Stetson University while also following his love of golf. The announcement was made by golf coach Larry Watson on Tuesday, July 28 and was something Nicolls was excited about.

“I really like that coach. He’s done a lot for me,” said Nicolls.

In the 2014/15 season, Nicolls was on the junior Alberta Golf team and he was able to compete with professional golfers around the country. Being part of the team was a positive experience for Nicolls.

“It was more of a confidence booster to know you are one of the players in Alberta,” he explained.

In a Stetson University press release, coach Watson said he was pleased with the decision to add Nicolls to the roster.

“I am very excited for the team to have Jared join us at Stetson,” Watson said. “I think his maturity will help the team. I know Jared is a young man who understands the importance of making a quick contribution to the team.”

“I’m just really excited to go down there and get it going,” added Nicolls.

In 2014, Nicolls won the MJT National Championship in the junior boys division and won the 2014 McLennan Ross Tour title.

“Coach Watson was the main reason I chose Stetson,” Nicolls was quoted as saying in the press release. “My parents love him and he is great at what he does. My goal is to help our team make it to the NCAA’s and then see where golf can take me.”

Nicolls joins with earlier signees Tyler Dierwechter, EJ Grimes, Jake Ludwick and Tate Smith, along with returning players Brian Kehoe, Chase Levesque, David Torres and Spencer Turner, to make up the 2015-16 Hatters’ squad.

The Hatters are scheduled to open the 2015 fall season on September 5, along with the Stetson Women’s Golf team, at the GolfWeek Program Challenge at Pawley’s Island, SC.