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MCC head men’s golf coach Vince Clark talks to a player on the driving range.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte, file

MCC’s Vince Clark and Baylor’s Mike McGraw were named to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame 2016 class on Wednesday.

The award caps off a phenomenal year for both men.

Clark, entering his tenth year as the head Highlander in charge, led MCC to three NJCAA Division I National Championships with back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 and another title in 2016, bringing the school’s title count to four. Clark was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame earlier this year.

“I am honored by this GCAA award because I have so much respect for the organization,” Clark said. “I am actually emotional about this because of the other coaches in our class; they are among the best in the country, especially Mike McGraw of Baylor. He is an amazing golf coach and my good friend. He was the first person to congratulate me.”

A three-time national champion, McGraw is entering his third season with the Bears and his 12th as a Division I head coach. In 2016, McGraw led the Baylor men’s golf team to their first NCAA Championship berth since 2010. The Bears finished in 27th place, marking their fifth-best end-of-season finish in school history.

Before taking the head job at Baylor, McGraw led Oklahoma State to five Big 12 titles in his eight seasons with the Cowboys, grabbing five Big 12 Coach of the Year trophies in the process.

Other honorees include, Central Missouri’s Tim Poe, Alabama’s Jay Seawell, Mike Small of Illinois and Dick Spybey of Alabama. The group will be officially inducted at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

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