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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Skinner misses Champions Tour card; Darton men's soccer wins consolation game, will play for 5th place at nationals on Sunday

Sylvester resident and Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner will tee it up with the world's most elite field of 
golfers today when the season's last major -- the PGA Championship -- begins at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis. Skinner will be making just his second career appearance at the prestigious PGA Tour stop.

Sylvester resident and Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner will tee it up with the world's most elite field of golfers today when the season's last major -- the PGA Championship -- begins at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis. Skinner will be making just his second career appearance at the prestigious PGA Tour stop.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- There's always next year.

That was the approach Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner was taking Friday after he failed to qualify in the Top 5 for full exemption on next season's Champions Tour, and just missed out on ending the Q-School finals in the Top 12, which would've given him partial exemption.

Skinner started the final round Friday tied for 11th, but ended up tied for 17th after struggling on the back nine.

"The way I look at it is only five people make it -- and two of those guys who made it are already on the Champions Tour and were just trying to improve their position," Skinner told The Herald via cell phone Friday afternoon. "I played pretty good, but it's tough out there. I only shot over par on three holes all tournament, but it wasn't good enough."

Skinner picked the wrong day to shoot his worst round. He opened with a 68 on Tuesday, then fired a 70 on Wednesday, a 71 on Thursday and a 75 on Friday.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Keith Clearwater won event, closing with an even-par 72 in windy conditions at TPC Eagle Trace for a three-stroke victory over Lee Rinker, Frankie Minoza and Phil Blackmar.

John Morse earned the fifth and final fully exempt 2011 spot, beating Robert Thompson and Roger Chapman with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

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TYLER, Texas -- One day after the Darton College men's soccer team's heartbreaking 3-2 loss in overtime in the first round the NJCAA National Tournament to Barton College, the Cavs rebounded Friday with a 4-3 win against Iowa Wesleyan in the consolation bracket. The win means Darton can place as high as fifth, provided they win Sunday's final game against Lincoln College at 9 a.m.

But Darton coach Bart Sasnett had a hard time accepting his team would only be playing for fifth place in a history-making season that included the program's first district title and first trip to nationals.

"We should've destroyed Iowa and Barton, but instead we lost one in overtime and barely got by (Friday)," he lamented. "I just think we're young and not having ever experienced this before hurt us."

Diego Ramos scored and had two assists in Friday's win, while Sabastian Vallejo, Mynor Perez and Matt Tobin each added a goal.