University of Wyoming release:
Wyoming Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach Joe Jensen announced on Wednesday the signing of Jaren Calkins of Lander, Wyo., to a national letter of intent. Calkins is a two-time individual high school state champion in the state of Wyoming and led Lander Valley High to three consecutive state team titles. He was also named the 2020 Wyoming State Golf Association Boys Player of the Year and won the 2020 Wyoming State Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship.
Calkins was a four-time All-State selection in high school. He captured individual state titles his freshman and junior seasons and placed second as a senior in Class 3A. Calkins helped lead Lander Valley to State Championships in the fall of 2017, ’18 and ’19. Lander Valley also won conference championships each of those three seasons. He was a team captain all four years of high school, earned All-Conference honors all four years and was the individual conference champion for four consecutive seasons. As a junior, Calkins was presented with the Lew Lepore Wyoming High School Male Player of the Year award.
“We are thrilled to have Jaren (Calkins) join our program,” said Jensen. “He has played in a lot of amateur tournaments during his junior golf career both nationally and internationally, and he has been one of the top high school players in the state of Wyoming. Last summer, he won the Wyoming Amateur Championship, playing against a number of college players.
“He is a very mature young man. Jaren is a model student and is at the top of his graduating class. He wants to be as good a player as he can be, and he works very hard at his game. We look forward to him being part of our team starting next fall.”
Throughout all four years of his high school career, Calkins was an Honor Roll student and he was a member of the National Honor Society his sophomore, junior and senior years. He played for coaches Mike Watson and Tyler Roberts. He is the son of Leslie and Kent Calkins. Calkins was also recruited by Idaho, Northern Colorado, Seattle and Utah State.