May 9, 2017

CARTERVILLE — Tom Ferris was putting on his socks. There was a hole in one.

It might be something Ferris would take time to mend except he is busy getting his team ready for another national golf tournament — his 13th consecutive trip.

This year’s national tournament will take place in Garden City, Kansas May 16-19. During the past 20 years of coaching at John A. Logan College, Ferris has had teams qualify for the national tournament 16 times.

And during those 16 appearances in the national tournament, Ferris’ teams have won it twice. His first national championship came in 2009. The next in 2011.

In 2011, Ferris impressed his peers so much that he was named “2011 NJCCA Coach of the Year.”

Throughout his career, Ferris-coached teams have won over 100 college golf tournaments. He has also produced 16 All-Americans and won 15 regional titles.

One All-American, Justin Fetcho, who is head coach for the Southern Illinois University Salukis golf team, played for Ferris from 2004-2006.

Fetcho recently recruited a highly-touted player of Ferris’, Hunter York, to play for the Salukis next season. At this year’s national tournament, Ferris will look to York for leadership.

“Hunter (York) has seen some exceptional success this season,” Ferris said. “He’s a big, strong player with an ever-improving short game.”

York is 6’6” and 215 pounds.

Other players competing in the national tournament include: Brian Whitson, D.J. Pigg, Brendan Lewis, and Nick Woolard.