HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State's 7th-ranked golf team won the Glen Lakes Spring Invitational championship in Foley on Tuesday, shooting an overall 915 during the three-day tournament.
Darton State (Ga.) College placed second with a 932, Spring Hill College finished third (935) and Central Alabama fourth (943).
Wallace State sophomore Cooper Brown, the defending individual NJCAA Division I national champion low medalist, and freshman Eli Marty, a Good Hope graduate, each finished tied for fourth at Glen Lakes, earning both a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Wallace State's golf team, like most spring clubs, struggled to get into any rhythm earlier in the season because of the constant bouts of inclement weather.
The Lions, last season's NJCAA Division I national runner-up, appear to now be settling in.
"Considering the lack of playing time and practice we've been able to find, I'm very pleased we won this tournament. We went 19 days in February without practicing and many days in February and early March without touching a club. We've played in some tournaments without much practice and it hurt us," said Wallace State golf coach Dan York, a NJCAA Hall of Fame member. "We are starting to get in a groove. I hope we continue to get better and better as each day goes by. This team is too talented not to get better."
Nine teams competed in the Glen Lakes Spring Invitational.
Next up for Wallace State is the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 tournament at Decatur's Point Mallard on April 13-14.
The Lions are the defending ACCC champs after claiming a wire-to-wire title last season at Point Mallard. Wallace State finished 6-under after 54 holes at the event, maintaining a 25-stroke lead heading into the tournament's final day. It was the 11th conference championship under York.
Pictured is Cooper Brown