BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University men’s golf senior trio of Chris Hatch, Brett Johnson and Jeffrey Marcum have been named to the 2017 Division II PING All-West Region team announced today by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The group of seniors also earned First Team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors while leading the Vikings to their second consecutive conference championship. WWU is currently playing in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.
The three WWU seniors are part of the 13-player All-West Region team, and an overall group of 108 Division II players from the eight regions across the country (East, Atlantic, Southeast, South, Midwest, South Central, Central West) that earned recognition from the GCAA. WWU is one of seven Division II schools with at least three all-region selections, joining Lynn (6), St. Thomas Aquinas (4), Barry (3), West Florida (3), Missouri-St. Louis (3) and Central Missouri (3).
Johnson (Ridgefield, WA/Oregon State) is a repeat selection to the All-West Region team also earning the award as a junior in 2016. Johnson was WWU’s highest finisher at the NCAA II West/South Central Super Regional tying for 6th place (-10, 206) and entered the NCAA II Championships with a season scoring average of 73.35 (+1.61 relative to par) with a team-high 16 rounds of par or better. In two seasons at WWU, Johnson has a scoring average of 73.02, the third-best mark in program history.
Hatch (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak) was named to the all-region team for the first time in his career after being named a GNAC All-Star all four years during his collegiate career. He entered the NCAA Championships with a team-low scoring average of 72.37 (+0.67 to par) and 13 rounds of par or better. He finished 2nd at the GNAC Championships and tied for 15th in the 108-player field at the Super Regionals. Hatch ranks amongst the best players in program history, ranking in the top 10 in career scoring average (73.79, +2.11 to par), rounds of par or better (37) and career rounds played (119).
Marcum (West Richland, WA/South Mountain CC) put together a solid senior season with scoring average of 73.06 (+1.32 to par) heading into the NCAA Championships. He was the leader of WWU’s tremendous spring season by recording five top-10 finishes, including a 6th-place finish at the GNAC Championships.
The Vikings entered Tuesday’s second round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in 12th place out of 20 teams. The top eight teams after Wednesday’s third round will qualify for match play beginning on Thursday.
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