The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Falcons honored for their work in the classroom on the course
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016-17: Played 17 rounds and had a season stroke average of 75.47 … season low round of 71 at the Mark Simpson CU Invitational … was +2 over the three-round CU Invitational.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015-16: Played 27 rounds in nine events … had a season stroke average of 76.6 … in his first collegiate tournament, shot a nine-over 225 in the three-round Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational … best finish was a tie for sixth at the Jackrabbit Invitational where he shot a three-round total of 217 (+1) … tied as Air Force’s top individual at the Jackrabbit … competed in the Mountain West Championships and shot a three-day total of 226 (+10).
BEFORE AIR FORCE: Lettered in golf at Lone Peak High School ... three-time Montana Class C state champion ... won 12 individual tournaments in a row, which was ranked the third-most in state history ... won 14 individual tournaments over career ... that total is listed among the top-five in state history ... ranked as the No. 1 high school golfer in Montana for two years ... earned all-conference honors in football ... served as vice-president of the student council ... eight-time member of the high honor roll ... also named to the AJGA HP honor roll ... 2014 AJGA Kansas Buffalo Dunes champion ... top-five finisher at the AJGA Bishop Gates Academy in 2013.
PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 9 … first name is James, but goes by Tate ... son of Buzz and Kathy Tatom ... father played football at Texas Tech ... has two younger siblings ... majoring in management ... has been on the Dean’s and Athletic’s List … this past summer, travelled to Shaw AFB, S.C., and rode in an F-16 … also worked Basic Cadet Training … this past summer, finished 16th in the Montana State Amateur … future plans include working in intelligence or becoming a pilot ... has been on the Dean’s List every semester and the athletic’s list twice … hobbies are hunting and skiing … attended a high school with only 62 total students ... greatest moment in sports was making a 20-foot putt on 18 to win the AJGA in Kansas ... credits his father with having the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing golf at age eight ... favorite golfer is Jason Day ... would like to add "I know it's ironic that I'm a golfer from Montana" ... member of Cadet Squadron 35.