Bishop Named RMAC All-Time Top Golfer, Joins Hocking on All-Time Golf Team
COLORADO SPRINGS - Tyler Bishop of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-time top golfer, while fellow UCCS alum Marc Hocking was named to the conference's all-time golf team, the RMAC announced Wednesday.
Bishop is the most recent athlete to be recognized as the best in his sport for the RMAC Centennial Celebration. Bishop was the No. 1-ranked golfer in NCAA Division II during the 2009 season. He was also the RMAC Golfer of the Year this past season.
A three-time all-RMAC performer, Bishop led the Mountain Lions to three consecutive RMAC championships and two consecutive trips to the national championship tournament.
"Tyler Bishop is one of the best young men that I've had the privilege to coach," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo. "Tyler has the ability and mindset to play this game at a higher level. He's very good at preparing for tournaments and understanding his role as captain.
"Collegiate golf is difficult and not always easy to figure out. The boys spend their whole junior careers playing as individuals and now they have to play as a team. He figured it out well and made our team better."
Hocking also led UCCS to two consecutive berths at nationals (2002-03). As a senior, he won the RMAC individual championship by shooting a remarkable 11-under par and managed eight top-10 finishes in 10 events. His UCCS team won seven of those events outright.
"I brought Marc in to jumpstart our program and that's exactly what he did," said Trujillo. "The team was a bit scrambled when I took over but I knew I had some talent in Jon Olson, Jason Villagrana, Nick Babl and Chris Sisco. It was just a matter of getting someone in there with his talent and collegiate experience to help us build our program.
"His 64 in the final round of the Conference Championship was pretty incredible and got him a two-shot win over Olson. Those two guys battled to win every event and made the rest of the team better. We played in our first two National Championships with them and got us on the watch list for DII golf."
Joining Bishop and Hocking on the RMAC All-Time Team were Marty Jertson (Colorado School of Mines 1998-2002), Jason Allen (Southern Colorado 1995-96), Stuart Adams (Southern Utah 1982-85) and Greg Pool (Western New Mexico 2006-08).
The RMAC All-Time Men's Coach was Ollie Woods, who led Western State from 1970 through 1990. That included eight RMAC championships in 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Woods was also the Mountaineers head football coach for two seasons, and served as interim head wrestling coach for one season. Woods was inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Colorado State Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
The RMAC All-Time Golf Teams were selected by representatives from schools that participate in the sport of golf. Official records for RMAC men's golf date back to 1974, but it is known that the RMAC sponsored the sport of men's golf as early as 1920. The RMAC is the fourth oldest conference in the country, and the most historic in the western U.S.
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