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Wallace State Men’s Golf finishes runner-up at ACCC Tournament04/10/2018
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 31 years of leadership, the Wallace State golf team has made 23 NJCAA national tournament appearances, finishing national 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 2018, Wallace State’s golf team advanced yet again to the postseason, making the program’s 23rd trip to the NJCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The Lions finished 10th in the nation and as the ACCC Tournament runner-up behind Brandon Lacasse, Cody Maddox, Conner Bruce and Anthony Lumpkin.
Lacasse capped an impressive Wallace State career by being named a 2nd-team PING All-American and to the NJCAA All-District 4 team for a second straight season. He was selected to the ACCC All-Tournament team for the second consecutive year and was the low medalist at the NJCAA District IV Preview tournament during the fall season.
Lacasse’s selection as an All-American pushed the number to 21 All-American seasons in Wallace State golf history.
Maddox, a freshman from Marion County High, burst onto the scene in September 2017 by winning the Wallace State Fall Invitational and he was named to the NJCAA All-District 4 team in May along with fellow freshman Anthony Lumpkin.
Freshman Conner Bruce was an ACCC All-Tournament selection for the Lions.
Sophomores Luke Wilson and Thomas Gevas also played pivotal roles in Wallace State’s success during the 2018 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 21 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: 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.
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