Connor Bruce named NJCAA Division I 2nd-team All-American05/19/2019
Wallace State men’s golf finishes season tied for 9th in nation05/18/2019
WSCC men’s golf making 24th appearance at NJCAA Division I Championship05/11/2019
Wallace State men’s golf finishes runner-up in Foley03/26/2019
Wallace State’s men’s golf program is a constant force within the Alabama Community College Conference and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Wallace State’s golf team has made 24 NJCAA national tournament appearances, finishing national runner-up in 2014, 1996 and 1993 and third in 1995. The Lions have also won 13 conference/region championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
Wallace State golf was led by Hall of Fame coach Dan York for 31 years before he passed away in February 2019. York created an everlasting legacy at Wallace State, coaching 21 NJCAA All-Americans, 28 Academic All-Americans, and multiple professional golfers.
Former Wallace State golfer Sylas Elliott, a NJCAA All-American, served as the program’s interim coach during 2019 season. The Lions finished third at the ACCC Tournament and ninth in the nation. Throughout the regular season, Wallace State added three tournament runner-up finishes.
Sophomore Connor Bruce was named a NJCAA Division I 2nd-team All-American for Wallace State. He won the Coastal Alabama Invitational individual championship and placed on two other All-Tournament teams, including during the ACCC/Region 22 Tournament.
Cody Maddox capped a successful Wallace State career by placing on two All-Tournament teams during the spring. He was named to NJCAA District 4 team as a freshman.
Matt Smith also placed on a pair of All-Tournament teams during the spring in addition to placing third during the 2018 WSCC Fall Invitational.
Anthony Lumpkin, Carter Goodwin and Hunter McKelvy rounded out Wallace State’s top flight.
York’s legacy at Wallace State included being inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010 – the same season his team finished ninth in the nation as the Lions co-hosted the NJCAA National Tournament at Huntsville’s Hampton Cove.
In July 2010, Wallace Statt 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 was also a Cullman County and ACCC Hall of Fame member.
Brett Wetterich and Fredrick Jacobson are among former Wallace State golfers to carve out professionals careers. Wetterich is a former PGA Tour player and Ryder Cup member and was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in May 2010.and Jacobson won the 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.
Former Wallace State golfers Aksel Olsen and Cooper Brown each earned NJCAA Division I individual national titles in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Those individual titles marked the first in school history.
Others former Wallace State golfers include: Conner Godsey (Web.com Tour) 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.
For more information, contact:
Sylas Elliott, Wallace State’s Interim Men’s Golf Coach