Midland College saddened to learn of traffic accident involving University of the Southwest golf team

Midland College saddened to learn of traffic accident involving University of the Southwest golf team March 16, 2022

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On Wednesday evening, March 15, a University of the Southwest (USW) van was involved in a fatal car collision on FM 1788 approximately ½ mile north of SH 115 in Andrews County.  USW Golf Coach Tyler James was driving the van with several young men and women as passengers.  The team was playing in a golf tournament hosted by Midland College at Ranchland Hills Golf Course in Midland.  The accident involved multiple fatalities, including Coach James.  Two of the golf team members were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock.  At this time, it is unclear about the status of the other students; however, preliminary reports indicate that several were also killed.

“We extend our condolences to the USW family,” MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said.  “This is a devastating loss to that school, and words cannot express how deeply hurt we feel for their loss.  I have ordered the MC flag to fly at half-staff through Friday to honor the memories of Coach Tyler James and his team.”

Midland College Athletic Director Forrest Allen reported that 11 schools were participating in this two-day tournament, which included both men’s and women’s teams.  Today’s tournament play has been canceled.

“All of the players and their coaches from the participating schools met together early this morning,” Allen said.  “We were all shocked to learn of this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with USW as they grieve this terrible loss.  I have talked with USW’s Athletic Director Steve Appel to let him know that all Midland College athletic team players and coaches are ready to help in any way during this time.”

University of the Southwest is located in Hobbs, NM.

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