Kaden Isaacson of Nampa Christian High School has signed with the Owens Community College men's golf team.
Isaacson will become the first Owens student-athlete in any sport from the state of Idaho.
After not playing competitive golf until his junior year, Isaacson helped lead his team to the Idaho 2A state championship in his first year. Individually, he finished 10th at the state tournament with a 172. At districts, he led his team to a title with his third place individual finish under the tutelage of head coach Kyle Berkson.
As a senior, Isaacson captured individual medalist honors in every conference tournament while leading his team to a conference championship. He led his team to another district championship while capturing the individual district championship, as well. At the state tournament, he finished fourth individually (157.5, 77-80) while leading his team to a third place finish at the Idaho 2A state tournament.
Isaacson, who is the fourth signee for third-year head coach Josh Williams, will join a diverse team next year. Other incoming freshmen include: Dominic DiGiacomo of Ocean City (N.J.) High School, Christian Bienaime of Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School and Wyatt Spalding of Summerfield (Mich.) High School. Returners include reigning All-Americans Philippe Weppernig of Luzern, Switzerland and Harrison Long of Tamworth, U.K., as well as Jasper (Ind.) High School product Dru Hein.
The Owens men's golf program just completed its second straight top 10 finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national tournament. In 2013, they finished 10th before improving to fifth place this past spring. They have won back-to-back Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and Region XII tournament championships. This past year, the team won 17 of their 21 tournaments. In the other four, they finished second twice and third once. The other one was their fifth place finish at nationals. The team was also ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the spring season before finishing with a No. 3 ranking.