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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 30 years of leadership, the Wallace State golf team has made 22 NJCAA national tournament appearances, finishing runner-up in 2014, 1996 and 1993 and third in 1995. York has also guided his teams to 13 conference/region championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
In 2017, Wallace State’s golf team advanced yet again to the postseason, making the program’s 22nd trip to the NJCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The Lions placed runner-up at the NJCAA District 4 tournament in Brewton as a precursor to the national tournament and went on to finish 14th at nationals. Wallace State also earned the Spring Fling Invitational title in Scottsboro in March along with finishing third at the ACCC/Region 22 championship in April.
Chip Willoughby, an Albertville native, had an impressive freshman season with Wallace State in 2017. Willoughby was one of five golfers in the nation to be named a NJCAA PING 2nd-team All-American after winning the individual title at the NJCAA District 4 and at the Glenlakes Invitational in Foley in March. He was also named to the PING All-District 4 team and the ACCC/Region 22 All-Tournament team after finishing fifth in at the conference tournament.
Freshman Brandon Lacasse was also named to the ACCC All-Tournament team in April after finishing tied for runner-up at the annual event. Lacasse was also a PING All-District 4 selection for his regular season work.Read more...
Willoughby’s selection as an All-American, pushed the number to 20 All-American seasons in Wallace State golf history.
Wallace State’s Garrett Senia and Luke Wilson each earned All-Tournament recognition at the Spring Fling tournament in March 2017 and both contributed significantly to the Lions’ success over the spring.
Charley Parvin, Brent Borden, Thomas Gevas and Braxton Lemley also played big roles during the 2017 season.
Wallace State golf is always in strong hands with York at the helm, and the 2010 season was among to 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 20 NJCAA All-Americans and 28 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 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 under York. Those individual titles marked the first in school history.
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:
Dan York, Wallace State’s Men’s Golf Coach