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Darton golf struggles on Day 1 at Kinderlou

Bill Jones II, Darton's new men's golf coach, led the Cavs to a win in their first tournament of the season last month, but his guys struggled in their second tournament Monday at Kinderlou Forrest in Valdosta.

Bill Jones II, Darton's new men's golf coach, led the Cavs to a win in their first tournament of the season last month, but his guys struggled in their second tournament Monday at Kinderlou Forrest in Valdosta.

VALDOSTA -- Fresh off a win in its first tournament of the fall season, Darton College's golf team struggled to maintain that momentum Monday during the first round of the Thomas University Invitational, shooting a dismal 300 to put the Cavs 11 shots back of leader Shorter College (289) of the two-round, 12-team tournament, which concludes today.

There was some good, however, to come out of the day as sophomore leader Shad Tuten fired a 2-under 70, which put him two shots off the individual lead. Fellow sophomores Joe Sakulpolphaisan fired a 72 and Austin McNeil shot a 77, while freshmen Neil Graham (81) and Robert Robertson (84) struggled.

"Other than Shad and Joe, we just didn't play smart," first-year Darton coach Bill Jones III said. "The course was in good shape -- ideal conditions, in fact -- we just didn't bring it (Monday). My Nos. 3-5 just didn't show up. That's pretty much all you can say."

Freshman Chase Jones fired a respectable 74 playing as an individual.

"Wish we could've counted that score," Jones quipped.