Trio of MCC golfers receive post-season recognition

Three McCook Community College golfers were named to the NJCAA Region IX All-Region team. (L to R) Chesney Tatman, Kyle Zimbelman, and KC Carlson were named to the second team. (Credit: McCook Community College Athletics)
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NORMAN, Okla. - McCook Community College sophomore golfer Chesney Tatman (North Platte) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association all-District team this week. The team was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Tatman was also one of three MCC golfers to be named to the All-Region IX second team along with sophomores Kyle Zimbelman (North Platte) and KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.)

Five golfers from Region IX were named to the PING District I team which combines teams from Region IX and Region I (Arizona). In addition to Tatman, five members from Eastern Arizona and four Eastern Wyoming Lancers were named to the team.

The all-Region IX team is based on points earned during the season. This year the Covid-19 virus prevented teams from competing in the second half of the season this spring, so the points were based on individual performances during the fall portion of the schedule. Eastern Wyoming also dominated the Region IX first-team with four players selected in: Jo Vin Tan (40 points), Tomas Kubata (36 points), Mason Hale (32 points) and Lucas Howell (28 points.)

Three Indians and a Lancer made up the second team: Tatman (23 points), Zimbelman (22 points),
RJ Moya, Eastern Wyoming (22 points) and Carlson 17 points.

Tatman finished fifth in the individual standings for the region and had a 76.2 gross score for the fall season and a low score of 72. Zimbelman carried a 76.3 gross score with a low score of 70 and Carlson, averaged 76.8 stokes per round with a low of 69.

In addition to post-season honors, MCC Coach Tyler Loop has announced that Tatman will be returning to MCC for another year.

“The NJCAA has granted student-athletes that didn't finish their season another year of eligibility so Chesney will be return while Kyle and KC are still deciding what they will do,” Loop said. Last week the other MCC sophomore, Trevor Oberg signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career this fall at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

The Indians finished the year in second place behind Eastern Wyoming in the team standings. At the half-way point of the season the Lancers had 57 points to 45 for MCC, Lamar was third with 26 points, Northeastern Junior College fourth with 22 points, Central Wyoming fifth with 12 points and Otero Junior College was sixth with six points.

In October, the Indians appeared in the top 20 national JUCO rankings at No. 19 and were poised to make their third straight trip to the NJCAA national tournament when the NJCAA cancelled spring sports and prevented the start of the spring golf season that was to have continued on March 19.