Shad Tuten paced the Darton golf team on Day 1 of its home tournament and fall season kickoff Monday at River Pointe.
ALBANY — The Darton College golf team took the lead Monday despite windy conditions and a rocky finish in its two-day home tournament among Region XVII competitors at River Pointe Golf Club.
Darton sophomore Shad Tuten leads the tournament overall after shooting a 73. Teammate Joe Sakulpolphaisan shot 74 to tie for second place with Gordon College’s John Barfield. Austin McNeal and Darton newcomer Nick Green both shot 79 to finish Darton’s team score of 305.
Gordon College finished behind Darton at 312. South Georgia College shot 320, Andrew College shot 321 and Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College shot 324.
“The average score for the entire field was around 81, which is really high,” Darton College first-year coach Bill Jones III said. "Windy conditions and firm greens due to dry weather had a lot to do with scores (Monday).''
Jones also said that although he’s pleased that his team is ahead, he feels that they could have played better golf.
“Shad shot 2-under on the front but he made a couple of mistakes on the back nine that cost him about three shots,” Jones said. “We could be leading by more if we would have finished off our rounds.”
Jones wants to have his team shooting closer to par today when the tournament resumes at 8:40 a.m.
“If we get complacent and think that, ‘We played badly (Monday) and still have a lead,' then we could be in trouble,” he said.
ASU MEN'S, WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS FINISH SECOND AT HOME MEET:
The Albany State University cross country teams finished in second place at the ASU Invitational on Saturday morning at Legacy Park at Sherwood Christian High School in Albany.
The defending SIAC Champion Lady Rams scored 49 total points in the 5K run, while the Golden Rams garnered 56 points in the men's 8K run.
Albany State had five runners finish in the Top 15, with senior Brittany Carter leading the Lady Rams with a time of 20:56.67 for a sixth-place individual finish. Freshman Olivia Traylor finished with a time of 22:23.20 in ninth, while freshman teammate Kanetria Kitchens finished 10th with a time of 24:00.63. Rounding out the Lady Rams runners was sophomore runner Ebony Stone, who finished 11th with a time of 24:29.52, and freshman Irrion Conaler with a time of 26:56.20 for a 13th place finish.
Florida A&M University won the women's meet with 15 points as the Lady Rattlers went 1,2,3,4,5 for the sweep. Chandel Jackson won with a time of 19:35.78. Edward Waters College finished in third place with 74 points.
In the men's race, senior Robert Smith led Rams runners with a time of 30:32.94 for an eighth-place finish. Sophomore Woodrow Colbert finished 10th with a time of 30:43.44, while freshman Jervon Pack finished 13th with a time of 31:59.37. Junior Kristopher Taylor and sophomore Tabreyon Jones finished 18th and 20th, respectively, with times of 34:28.16 and 34:45.09.
The Morehouse College Maroon Tigers won the men's race with 15 points. Shinalola Agebede led the Tigers and won the meet with a time of 27:39.47 for second place. Edward Waters finished third with 61 total points.
The Albany State teams will next participate in the Morehouse Invitational on Sept. 24.