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Former Mocs Coach Honored At Polk County Amateur

Charley Matlock coached the Moccasins to 7 NCAA titlesCharley Matlock coached the Moccasins to 7 NCAA titles

Former Moccasin men's golf coach Charley Matlock is the recipient of the inaugural Charley Stine Award presented in conjunction with the Polk County Men's Amateur Championship.

Stine, who died in March at age 81, founded Golfweek magazine in 1975. The award in his name goes to a Polk County resident who has been unselfish in furthering the game of golf and enhancing its value to amateurs and professional.

As Florida Southern men’s golf coach from 1972 through 1995, Matlock turned the program into an NCAA Division II juggernaut. Between 1979 and 1995 the Moccasins never finished lower than sixth at the NCAA Division II Championship, winning seven national championships (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991 and 1995) and finishing second four times. His teams won each of their seven national titles by at least 10 strokes. After winning his fifth NCAA championship in 1990, he was named NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.

He had three golfers win an individual NCAA title - Tom Gleeton in 1979, Tom Patri in 1981 and Lee Janzen in 1986. Janzen and three other former Moccasins currently on the PGA Tour - Rocco Mediate, Marco Dawson and Darron Stiles - all played for Matlock.

During Matlock’s tenure, he produced 30 golfers who earned All-America honors and his teams won nine Sunshine State Conference championships.

The Matlock Invitational, the Moccasins’ annual home tournament and one of the top collegiate tournaments in the country, is named in his honor.

He has been inducted into the Florida Southern Sports Hall of Fame, the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame and the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Hall of Fame of his alma mater, East Tennessee State, in 2000. He was a three-sport athlete - football, basketball and tennis - at East Tennessee and was an outstanding punter on the football team.

Matlock received the Charley Stine award Sunday at the conclusion of the Polk County Amateur Championship.

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