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The Wallace State golf program has been directed by NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Dan York since 1987.
In York's 27 years of leadership, the Wallace State golf team has made 18 NJCAA national tournament appearances, finishing runner-up in 1993 and 1996 and finishing third in 1995. York also guided his teams to state and region championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Wallace State freshman Aksel Olsen became the first player in program history to earn an individual national championship during the 2013 NJCAA Division I national championship at Lubbock, Texas. Olsen rallied from ninth place on the final day of the tournament, shooting a 5-under-par, to finish with a 7-under 271 for the individual crown. He earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the low medalist and became the 14th NJCAA All-American in Wallace State golf history.
As a group, Wallace State finished seventh nationally among 24 teams in Texas. It was a stark improvement from the Lions 18th-place finish at the 2012 national tournament.
Olsen, Chris Atchley, Jake Miller, Patrick Twesme, all sophomores, return to the Wallace State golf team during the 2013-14 season, looking to improve even more on the Lions' national fortunes. Along with Olsen's accolades last season, Atchley earned low medalist at the 2013 ACCC/Region 22 tournament at Point Mallard in Decatur, earning him first-team All-Region recognition. Olsen, Atchley and Zierdt were among the top 100 NJCAA Players to Watch last spring. Freshmen Cooper Brown, a Canadian, and Will McDowell, a Tennessee native, should also be key pieces to Wallace State's progress this season.
Wallace State golf is always in good hands with York at the helm, and the 2010 season had to be 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 14 NJCAA All-Americans and 27 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 2011 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.
Others coached by York include: Gary Christian and Jonathan Frickie(Nationwide Tour) and Ian Steel and Michael Lundberg (European Tour).
Country music newcomer 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.