The desire to compete is still burning for McPherson High graduate Treg Fawl.

Fawl, one of the most decorated athletes in McPherson High history, has spent the past 1 1/2 years as a college student.

But Fawl will leave Kansas State and return to athletic competition, as this week he signed a golf letter of intent with Central Christian College of McPherson, immediately elevating the Tigers from a good team to a very good team.

Fawl will enroll for the second semester and  play the spring season for the Tigers.

“I just missed playing sports and I needed to get back playing competitively,” Fawl said.

Fawl will be reunited with former McPherson High teammates Mark Gayer and Brady Sherman, who are in the Tigers’ top six.

“I really like the coach (Zac Cumpston) and Mark and Brady are here, so I really feel comfortable,” Fawl said. “I’m really excited. The ultimate goal is to get to the nationals and compete at the nationals with the team.”

Fawl was one of the more talented McPherson High athletes in recent history. He was a four-time state golf qualifier, with his best finish being second during his junior year when he shot a bogey-free 67, only to lose by one stroke to Aquinas’ Joe Winslow. He tied for 16th his senior year, was eighth as a sophomore and 13th as a freshman. He was first-team AVCTL three of his four years.

Fawl also made his mark on the basketball court, twice earning AVCTL first-team honors, was a 2010 McDonald’s All-America nominee and earned All-State honorable mention. He is fourth all-time in career 3-pointers with 103, trailing only Brian Henson (165), Matt Robins (134) and Jamie Crist (104). He averaged 14.3 points a game his senior year, as the Bullpups were 22-3 and took fourth in the state.

Fawl played football as well, making All-State first team as a cornerback as voted on by the coaches as a senior, while earning AVCTL honors as a receiver and defensive back.

From his sophomore golf season through his senior year, he earned league honors in seven straight sports seasons.

Cumpston, in his first year as CCC golf coach, made a big splash with his first signee and understandably was ecstatic, as he’s in the process of trying to put the Tigers on the collegiate golfing map.

“I’m thrilled and I was excited when I had heard he was interested in coming,” Cumpston said. “I talked to him about it in the summertime at the golf course, and he was little bit more interested than I expected. We got the ball rolling, he’s here and we’re excited to get going.”

Fawl immediately improves the Tigers’ team score, as he’ll be among the better players at this level. Cumpston also likes the fact it gives the Tigers three McPherson High players, as he wants to keep the Bullpups’ best golfers at home.

“I know all the other kids on the team are real excited about it,” Cumpston said. “We can’t wait until the spring.”

Fawl is the current McPherson City Tournament champion, having won the title twice. He’s also won the two-man division with his father Tony on two occasions.

Fawl will major in secondary education, with an emphasis on history.