Mark Gale Named To NCGA Hall Of Fame

The Spartans finished first three times and second four other seasons at the NCAA Championships with Mark Gale in charge.

Jan. 30, 2014

Mark Gale, the first coach in NCAA history to lead a program to three Division I women's golf team championships during his 19-season San Jose State University head coaching career, is one of four coaches that will be inducted into the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Hall of Fame.

The ceremony takes place Tuesday, February 4, at the Inn of Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif., in conjunction with the annual California Golf Writers and Broadcasters awards dinner.

Now retired, Gale coached San Jose State University to the 1987, 1989 and 1992 NCAA Championships. The Spartans were one of the sport's dominant programs of the era. From 1987 through 1997, San Jose State was no lower than sixth at the NCAA Championships with three titles, four seconds, a pair of thirds, a fourth and a sixth-place finish.

Joining Gale as the 2014 NCGA Hall of Fame class will be University of California men's golf coach Steve Desimone and former Stanford University men's golf coach Wally Goodwin and current Stanford men's golf coach Conrad Ray. Desimone, Goodwin and Ray each coached their programs to one NCAA team championship.