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Wallace State golf captures 11th ACCC Championship

Wallace State golf captures 11th ACCC Championship

DECATUR, ALA. – Wallace State golf coach Dan York felt his team was poised to turn the corner after finishing runner-up earlier this month in the NJCAA District IV championships.

York was right on the money. Wallace State's golf team captured its first Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 championship since 2008, finishing 6-under par after 54 holes at Point Mallard Golf Course in Decatur.

Despite all the inclement weather in the area, Wallace State was able to squeeze in 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday morning.

Wallace State performed at an impressive pace during Monday's opening 18 holes, using that to propel the Lions to their 11th state championship under York. Wallace State finished 6-under par on Monday, distancing itself with a 25-stroke lead over defending national champion Central Alabama.

"Our concentration level on Monday was awesome. We came out thinking we were only going to get to play 18 holes and we approached it like it was going to be a very short tournament. We came out ready to play and performed solidly," said York, a NJCAA Hall of Fame coach. "Our guys are excited about being state champions. We played exceptionally well and close to our potential early on and hope to carry that over into the national tournament in 10 days. We are excited about that opportunity. We want to go over to Iowa and represent Wallace State and the state well."

Wallace State finished the three rounds with a 6-under 858. Central Alabama finished seven strokes behind the Lions, while Faulkner State rounded out the field.

For the second consecutive season, Chris Atchley was Wallace State's low medalist, earning the sophomore from Buckhorn a spot on the NJCAA All-Region 22 first team. Atchley finished with a 2-under 214, carding a 71-69-74. He finished third overall behind Central Alabama's Tim Walker and Faulkner State's Christian Pope.  Walker has held the top individual spot in NJCAA golf all year. 

Wallace State freshman Cooper Brown was also named first-team All-Region after shooting a 3-over 219. Brown finished with a pair of 71's during Monday's rounds and added a 77 on Tuesday.

Aksel Olsen, last season's individual national champion and Arnold Palmer Award winner at the NJCAA Division I national tournament, finished third for Wallace State. Will McDowell and Patrick Twesme completed the field for the state champions.

"To play as well as we did at Point Mallard is huge. It's a championship-level course and has hosted tournaments as notable as the Hooters Tour. We beat two quality teams, both ranked in the top 10, on a tough golf course. Winning this championship against competition like that only pays huge dividends. This should give us tons of confidence at nationals," York said. 

All three ACCC teams are ranked in the latest NJCAA poll, with Wallace State sixth, Central Alabama tenth, and Faulkner State thirteenth.

Follow all ACCC teams as they compete in the 2014 NJCAA, Division I National Championship in Burlington, Iowa; May 13-16 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course.  Daily results may be seen at www.golfstat.com.

ACCC Tournament Results

 

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Rd. 3

Total

Position

Wallace State Community College

 

 

 

 

Coach Dan York

Aksel Olsen

71

76

147

73

220

T 6th

Cooper Brown

71

71

142

77

219

T 4th

Chris Atchley

71

69

140

74

214

3rd

Will McDowell

78

69

147

78

225

9th

Patrick Twesme

76

72

148

74

222

T 7th

Team

289

281

570

298

868

1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Alabama Community College

 

 

 

Coach Dave Jennings

Tim Walker

73

71

144

66

210

1st

Andrew Klasing

74

78

152

70

222

T 7th

Jacob Stinson

83

74

157

75

232

13th

Chase Humber

77

78

155

73

228

11th

Cody O'Toole

72

76

148

71

219

T 4th

Team

296

299

595

280

875

2nd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faulkner State Community College

 

 

 

Coach Leo Kling

Zachary Dittmer

79

75

154

76

230

12th

Dillon Humphrey

76

80

156

71

237

10th

Christian Pope

69

72

141

70

211

2nd

Shane White

76

78

154

81

235

T 14th

Dalton Humphrey

81

80

161

74

235

T 14th    

Team

300

305

605

291

896

3rd