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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 29 years of leadership, the Wallace State golf team has made 21 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).
Wallace State’s 2016 golf team added more championships to the trophy case. The Lions captured their third consecutive ACCC/Region 22 title and 13th conference championship overall in April, convincingly winning the tournament by 14 strokes. A couple of weeks later, Wallace State qualified for the national tournament with a runner-up finish at the NJCAA District 4 tournament in Cullman, and the Lions finished ninth in the nation at the NJCAA Division I national championship in Florida, two years after being national runner-up for the third time.
Sophomore Sylas Elliott was a big reason for Wallace State’s success in 2016. Elliott was one of five golfers in the nation named a NJCAA PING 1st-team All-American and was named an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection. Elliott was also named a 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year semifinalist and won the ACCC/Region 22 individual tournament title for the second consecutive season. Elliott, a Cullman grad, finished eighth in the national tournament as a sophomore and was a two-time winner of Wallace State’s Fall Invitational each September. Elliott was a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American as a freshman.Read more...
Fellow sophomore Eli Marty also had an impressive season for the Lions. A year after earning NJCAA 3rd-team All-American honors, Marty was named a NJCAA PING honorable mention All-American as a sophomore. Marty was the low medalist at the NJCAA District 4 Championship in April and was named to the ACCC/Region 22 All-Tournament team.
Elliott and Marty earned NJCAA All-American nods both seasons, pushing the number to 19 NJCAA All-American seasons in Wallace State golf history.
Wallace State freshman Trey Hanvey was named to the NJCAA Division I PING District IV team in 2016 and the ACCC/Region 22 All-Tournament team. Hanvey, a Fairview native, finished fourth individually at the conference tournament and was an All-Tournament selection at the NJCAA District 4 Preview tournament during the fall season.
Walker Gordon had a successful sophomore season for Wallace State. Gordon finished under par at the national tournament and was an All-Tournament selection at the NJCAA District 4 Preview tournament during the fall season.
York was named the 2016 ACCC Coach of the Year.
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 19 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 Coach Dan York at 256-352-8372 or email at Dan.York@WallaceState.edu.