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The Wallace State golf program has been directed by National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame coach Dan York since 1987.
In York's 27 years of leadership, the Wallace State golf team has made 19 NJCAA national tournament appearances, finishing runner-up in 2014, 1996 and 1993 and third in 1995. York has also guided his teams to state and region championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2014.
Wallace State's 2014 golf team was one of the program's best. After capturing an 11th state championship, the Lions finished as the NJCAA Division I national runner-up at the national tournament in Burlington, Iowa. It marked the third national runner-up finish for Wallace State golf.
Wallace State freshman Cooper Brown was a big reason the Lions finished national runner-up as he became the second player in as many years to earn an individual national championship for the Lions. Brown won the individual title in a playoff with Midland's David Wicks and finished the four-day event with a 5-over par 293. Brown bookended his national tournament rounds with a pair of 1-under 71's, earning the Arnold Palmer Award as the low medalist and becoming the 15th NJCAA All-American in Wallace State golf history. Aksel Olsen was Wallace State's first individual national championship in 2013, when the Lions finished seventh in the nation. Brown was up to the task to repeat his teammate's feat a year later.
Wallace State received strong contributions from Brown, Olsen, Chris Atchley, Will McDowell and Patrick Twesme in order to win an ACCC/Region 22 state championship and succeed as runner-up nationally.
Olsen wrapped up his Wallace State career by finishing eighth at the national tournament, and Atchley was the low medalist (2-under 214) at the state tournament in Decatur, earning him a spot on the NJCAA All-Region 22 team for the second consecutive year. Wallace State dethroned Central Alabama, the defending national champion, at the state tournament, collecting a 25-stroke lead after the first round, and ultimately winning the title by seven shots. Brown was also named to the All-Region 22 team after the state tournament. Wallace State qualified for the national tournament after finishing runner-up at the NJCAA District 4 championships in Georgia. Olsen finished third at the district tournament, while Brown was sixth.
Jake Miller, Ryan Bowie, Dustin Schultz and Darrick Fisher were also on Wallace State's roster in 2014.
Wallace State golf is always in good hands with York at the helm, and the 2010 season had to be one of his most memorable years. York was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame that season, and his team finished ninth in the nation as the Lions co-hosted the NJCAA National Tournament at Huntsville's Hampton Cove.
In July 2010, his team was also named the top NJCAA Academic Team of the Year after compiling a nation-best 3.53 GPA. It was the third time the golf team earned the NJCAA top billing for its sport (2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10).
York, a Cullman native and a Cullman County HOF member, has produced 15 NJCAA All-Americans and 27 Academic All-Americans.
At Wallace State, York has coached PGA Tour player and Ryder Cup member Brett Wetterich and PGA Tour member Fredrick Jacobson, who won the 2011 Travelers Championship in June 2011 to collect his first PGA Tour victory. Jacobson, a Sweden native, won three events on the European Tour during his pro career before joining the PGA Tour in 2003.
Others coached by York include: Gary Christian and Jonathan Frickie(Nationwide Tour) and Ian Steel and Michael Lundberg (European Tour).
Country music star Kip Moore also played golf at Wallace State before pursuing a music career.
Wetterich was also inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in May 2010.
For more information, contact Coach Dan York at 256-352-8372 or email at Dan.York@WallaceState.edu.