WALLA WALLA — Drew Reinland, Wa-Hi’s senior all-Big Nine Conference first-team golfer and the recently crowned Walla Walla All-City tournament champion, has signed to attend and play golf for Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, in 2010.
Reinland, however, will compete for the Blue Devils in the spring of 2010 before moving on to the Warriors.
"I thought it was the best thing for me," Reinland said Thursday. "I like the campus. I like the coach (Paul Thompson) and how the program is run.
"I got to play with some of the players there, and I liked them," he said.
Drew toured the LCSC campus and reviewed the golf program with his father, Jeff, the basketball coach and athletic director at Walla Walla Community College.
"Drew was looked at by some bigger schools, especially Idaho, but he thought LCSC wanted him more," Jeff said. "He liked the players and the school.
"And he got a good deal, which financially is good for us," Jeff said. "Drew felt comfortable there, and I guess bigger is not always better."
Drew said Thompson carries eight players on the squad, and all eight play in competitions, with the top five scores counting.
And Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith likes the way Drew fits at LCSC.
"It’s close to home," Smith said. "Drew will probably be able to play right away, without having to wait.
"And he signed early with a good financial package that’s just super for him," Smith said. "He has worked so hard, and he loves golf.
"They have great courses (in Lewiston-Clarkston) and great weather," Smith added. "That’s great for Drew, because he likes to play every day."
Drew Reinland said the Warriors field a competitive team.
"LCSC finished first in their league last year (the NAIA Frontier Conference, with LCSC’s Conner McCracken as the individual medalist)," Drew said. "But they didn’t do too well at nationals."
The teams in the conference include Lewis-Clark State, Rocky Mountain, Montana Tech, Carroll, Westminster, Montana Western and Great Falls.
Drew said he "will probably study business" in addition to playing golf at LCSC.
First, however, he wants to complete a successful year and golf season at Wa-Hi.
"I would like to be the Player of the Year in the Big Nine Conference next spring," he said.
And with the decision already made about his college career, he plans to focus seriously on that goal.