The Trojan Golf Story
Beginning in 1966, Alexander City State Junior College (ACJC) began a men’s golf team. The first Head Coach of the program was Maxie Boles. Coach Boles experienced the growing pains of creating a new athletic program in a competitive market with few high points for the first couple years, but it wasn’t long after when things began to change abruptly. Maxie, who was a student athlete in track and tennis for Middle Tennessee State University was an extremely competitive person. Striving to be less than the best was not in his blood. It didn’t take Maxie very long to understand that good players recruit future good players and that was his practice. In a very short period of time, ACJC was known as one of the best junior college golf programs in the Country.
It took 24 years before the Trojans won their first NJCAA National Championship but they had come very close more than 10 times in that period of time. Also, from 1966 – 2000, Trojan Golf was the college where a few of our past PGA Tour stars competed of whom Gene Sauers, John Huston and Per-Ulrik Johannson are the most renowned. In the mid-1980’s ACJC merged with our present campus in Childersburg and our College was renamed to Central Alabama Community College (CACC). Through the name change we retained our Trojan name and Mascot – Alex.
In 1990, Trojan Golf won its first NJCAA National Championship. This victory was a long time in coming but it did not take too long for this success to repeat. CACC also won the Championship in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000. In 1998 Coach Boles retired from his post with CACC and the College hired John Sadie. Coach Sadie had realized success in winning the NAIA National Championship a few times while coaching for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Coach Sadie was at the helm during the victories at Nationals in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, CACC came in 2nd place at the National Championship and unfortunately due to state funding cutbacks (referred to as: Proration) CACC closed the golf program after that runner-up year.
The decision of Alabama’s most successful college golf program being cancelled did not set well with anyone remotely affiliated with this tremendous athletic program. Present Coach, Dave Jennings reached out to the President of the College by email, after learning of the cancellation, outlining a few ideas in how to return the golf team to the college. A steering committee, which included Hoyt Carlisle and Bill Hardy and Coach Jennings, developed a plan to offer to the President. With the plan in place, the golf program was reinstated. At this point Coach Sadie had accepted a position coaching for his Alma Mater, U. of Arkansas. Coach Jennings was asked to accept the coaching position which he did indeed. With some hard work and the financial help of many Alexander City residents, Willow Point Country Club members and past golf team members, CACC Golf was back up and running after missing only 1 year and resumed competition in 2002.
After the reinstatement of the golf program, it took a few years to acquire the confidence of the better players that CACC Golf was indeed in it for the long haul. By 2004, CACC Golf was back to its winning ways and in the year of 2013 won their 6th NJCAA National Championship title.
CACC golfers are blessed for the fine education afforded to them as well as the tremendous golf course resources at their disposal. There is no question that Trojan Golf enjoys the finest Home Course in Willow Point Country Club than any other 2-year college golf program. Along with Willow Point, the Trojan golfers also practice and qualify at Auburn’s: Moore’s Mill Country Club, Auburn University Golf Club and Saugahatchee Country Club. In Sylacauga, we are blessed to be welcomed by Farmlinks Golf Club. In Dadeville, Alabama the Team enjoys privileges at Stillwaters Golf Club. In Montgomery the team plays at Wynlakes Country Club and Montgomery Country Club when time allows. There aren’t many college golf programs in the nation that are as fortunate as the young men who wear the blue and gold for CACC Golf.
We, at CACC, are not only proud of the golf accolades of our Trojan Golf Team but also of their academic success. In the past 11 years, CACC Golf has earned Team Academic All-American status 9-times. 92% of the team’s players went on to earn their Bachelor’s degree and 82% continued playing golf at the University level. We work hard, we study hard and we ferociously compete. Winning at all costs is not the answer to our goals. Preparation, confidence, effort and heart will take care of the winning.