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Wallace State’s women’s golf team played its inaugural season in 2015-16, joining the rich athletics tradition at the college.
Wallace State finished 12th in the nation at the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship, played at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Lady Lions crept up the leaderboard each day of the tournament and had an impressive showing in their first ever national tournament appearance.
Wallace State played in five spring tournaments during its inaugural season, including events in Mobile, Mississippi, Gainesville, Ga., and Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Wallace State’s women’s golf team members in 2015-16 were Abbi Yeager (Fairview), Leigh Allison Reeves (Boaz HS), Ashley McCormick (Southside), Chloe Kraus (Olathe Northwest HS in Kan.), Madison Autwell (Glencoe), Taylor Ruehl (Cullman) and Makayla Smith (Lexington).
The Lady Lions are coached by Aleah Scott.
Wallace State announced its intentions to begin a women’s golf program in January 2015.
“We certainly have an outstanding and championship-caliber men’s golf team at Wallace State, and I felt the time was right to add a women’s golf team to complement the men’s team. Golf is a lifelong sport and I’m excited we can include those kind of sports in our repertoire of athletics at Wallace State,” said Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics said. “Speaking from a female’s perspective, women’s involvement in athletics is very important to me. You can look at the history of our women’s teams at Wallace State and see that we have a two-time national championship softball team, a volleyball team that makes the national tournament each year and a women’s basketball team that has won a number of state championships. Our women’s teams are not only outstanding athletically, but academically.”
Women’s golf became the eighth Wallace State sport at the time to offer scholarships to potential student athletes, joining baseball, softball, men and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s golf and cheerleading.