PARKVILLE, Mo. – Park University golf coach Tony Blake made two more important additions for the 2017-18 season, adding freshman Ryan Tattan, an English men's player, and Iowa Central standout and DeSoto, Kansas native Brittani Jenson, and incoming junior, for the women's team in the 2017-18 season.
"Brittani is an important add for us after the women lost their No. 1 player to graduation," Blake said. "She's a player that has a lot of length, and while she's still a little raw, she's got the ability to score well for us right away. We're looking forward to having her here, especially as familiar as she is with our golf courses."
Jenson's familiarity with The National and The Deuce comes from three tournament appearances with Iowa Central in Parkville, including a win this past April, matching Makenzie Shivers, Park's outgoing No. 1, to tie for the tournament championship at the 2017 Virginia McCoy Intercollegiate, shooting 78-85—163, matching Shivers' scores for the Pirates both days.
Early in the 2016-17 season, Jenson finished fourth at the Park Fall Classic (84-80—164), and in her freshman season at Iowa Central, she finished tied for fourth in the Park Fall Classic (83-84—167). Jenson qualified for the NJCAA National Championship in 2017 and joins Lexi Grego and Amy McLeod as newcomers for the 2017 season, as well as Allison Storm and Leeah Shipley in the Pirates' junior class.
At DeSoto, Jenson won the 2014 Kansas Class 4A state championship at Dubs Dread Golf Club in Kansas City, Kansas.
On the men's side, Tattan adds much needed depth to the men's program, bringing the roster to seven student-athletes for 2017-18, serving currently as County Captain for the Essex, England, Under 18 team.
In 2016, he proved his ability to score on the golf course, highlighting his year with a final-round 69 at the South East of England Schools event at Eaton Golf Club, where he followed a 3-over 73 with his 1-under par round of 69. He also posted a pair of even-par rounds early in his season in rounds at the England Boys 6-Man Qualifier and Essex Amateur Championship.
"I'm proud to announce that Ryan has joined our team," Blake said. "He brings an extremely strong passion for the game, and he's extremely skilled. More important, though, he has a very strong work ethic, he's a good student, and he has a desire to improve. I'm excited to see what he can do in our program."
Tattan ended the season as team captain in the National Schools Team Championship Finals and was both individual champion and part of a team win at the South East of England Schools Championship with the Essex Schools Team.
"I'm really looking forward to attending Park, as I believe Coach Blake is the perfect coach for me to develop and achieve my golfing aspirations," Tatten said. "I can't wait to make history with this team."
Park University begins the 2017-18 season in an NCAA Division I event, taking part in the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Invitational, Presented by HCIS, at AbrorLinks in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Sept. 1-2. The Pirates' first NAIA event is Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Ottawa University Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas, at Eagle Bend Golf Club.