Ex-Colfax High golfer is Player of the Year

Zachman was MVP of the PVL in his senior year
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A change of scenery this golf season hasn?t seemed to hamper the exploits of former Colfax High School links standout Derek Zachman. Zachman, a 2009 CHS graduate who was the Pioneer Valley League MVP in his senior season and helped lead the Falcons to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III championship, played his first two seasons of collegiate golf at William Jessup in Rocklin. While at Jessup, Zachman was a two-time all-conference selection as he scored an average conference round of 76.8 for the Warriors. As a freshman, Zachman finished the season with a 16th place finish at the NAIA Regional Tournament and earned All-Region honors as well. But after two seasons at Jessup, Zachman transferred to La Verne University in Southern California and the move has proved to be more than fruitful. ?I wanted to step up in competition and really liked Southern California,? said Zachman, who was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Lee Fulmer Award winner as the conference's player of the year. ?The move has really been a good one.? Zachman helped lead La Verne to a sixth straight conference title in his first season with the Leopards and becomes the fifth Leopard golfer in the past six seasons to earn the distinction of SCIAC Player of the Year. The ex-Colfax golfer will lead the Leopards into the upcoming NCAA Div. III National Tournament set for May 15-18 at Mission Inn Resort in Orlando, Fla. ?We?re really excited to be going to nationals,? Zachman said. ?We?ll see how we stack up.? Zachman was named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week on April 24 after his performance at the SCIAC 36 Hole Championships. He finished with a two-round total of 141 (69-72), earning medalist honors after tying for the lowest score of the tournament and later recording a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the individual title. Zachman finished the SCIAC portion of the schedule earning medalist honors in the final two conference tournaments. Earlier this season, he set a La Verne school record for the lowest 54-hole total when he carded a 212 (72-70-70) at the Braveheart Classic Tournament. He is the No. 1 ranked player in the West Region and No. 6 nationally in Division III. ?I?ve seen my scoring average drop to 72.65 this season and that?s always good,? Zachman said. ?That?s a statistic I?m proud of.?