HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College's golf team is progressing at the right time.
The Lions finished fourth out of 12 teams last week at the Lou Hart Invitational at the Northwood Country Club in Meridian, Miss. in a tune-up for next week's National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) State and District IV Championship at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail-Cambrian Ridge in Greenville.
The top six teams at the district tournament, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, advance to the NJCAA Division I National Championship at Hampton Cove's River Course, a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail near Huntsville.
"We are looking forward to going to Greenville and competing against teams ranked ahead of us. We've got a little better and a little better with each tournament we have played. We've had some positive things going on," said Wallace State coach Dan York, who's in his 24th year with the program. "If our guys go down there and play the way they are capable of playing, we will be playing at the national tournament. That's what you work for all year."
York will send five freshmen to Greenville, including Deane Rikard who was named to the All-Tournament Team in Meridian, Miss. after finishing fourth with a 215 (+2-over par).
Cullman High's Blaise Wilson, Andrew Lowry, Justin Cochran and Micah Jett will round out Wallace State's field for the district tournament, which is hosted by Faulkner State.
Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday.
York has led Wallace State to eight state championships and 14 NJCAA national tournament appearances.
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