GSW men's golf coach Andrew Danna's team has been scuffling as of late since earning the program's first No. 1 national ranking earlier this season.
PINE MOUNTAIN— Georgia Southwestern put itself in position to make a move in Tuesday’s final round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
The Hurricanes just moved the wrong way.
They entered the final round in fourth place and nine shots back of the lead, but the Hurricanes stumbled and finished sixth — 26 shots behind conference champion UNC Pembroke.
“We just didn’t get it done,” GSW coach Andrew Danna said. “We started off pretty good, but then in the middle of the round it just didn’t go our way.”
The round was a lot like GSW’s spring season, which started with the Hurricanes peaking at No. 1 in the golfstat rankings and No. 3 in the Division II coaches poll before the team stumbled.
GSW has fallen all the way to 20th in the golfstat rankings and No. 16 in the coaches poll after a disappointing spring, but Danna said the middle-of-the-pack finish in the conference tournament likely won’t cost the Hurricanes a spot in the upcoming regional tournament next month.
“I feel confident based on our play this season that we should make it to regionals,” said Danna, whose Hurricanes are ranked No. 4 in the Southeast Region and need to finish the season ranked in the Top 10 to play in regionals. “It’s not official, and there and no guarantees, but I am proud of the way my team played this year as a whole. I think we deserve to go to regionals.”
GSW’s lone bright spot Tuesday was senior Craig Gibson, who shot a final round 74 and finished the tournament at even par and tied for third. J.P. Griffin and Leesburg native Nate Gahman were both 9-over and tied for 21st, while Travis Oestmann was 11-over and in 30th and Christopher Hall was 15-over and tied for 39th.
The Hurricanes will find out their postseason fate in less than two weeks when the final regional rankings are released.
DARTON HOOPS STAR MITCHELL HONORED: Darton basketball star Michelle Mitchell was named an NJCAA All-American honorable mention Tuesday.
The speedy, 5-foot-9 freshman guard from Eastman was a force on both ends of the court and led the Lady Cavs in points, field goals, rebounds and steals.
“Michelle proved game-in and game-out that she was one of the top junior college players in the country,” Darton coach Lea Henry said. “It’s well-deserved; Michelle had a phenomenal freshman season, and she was so very consistent.”
Mitchell led the region with a 49 percent field goal percentage and finished with 448 total points and 17.2 points per game.
She also snagged 252 rebounds, averaging 9.7 per game, and was a two-time Region XVII Player Of The Week selection.
Mitchell is the second All-American to come from the Darton basketball program. Latrelle Corker was named a Third-Team All-American in 2000.
GSW TENNIS BLANKS ASU: The Georgia Southwestern women’s tennis team completed a season sweep of Albany State on Monday with a 9-0 non-conference victory.
GSW (7-12) won 96 of the 105 games they played against the Lady Rams, who were swept 6-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.
Former Lee County star Melinda Vansant didn’t lose a game in doubles or singles play for GSW. Vansant partnered with Kalie Douberly for an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles before cruising through her No. 6 singles match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Former Southland star Mollie McGowan did not drop a game at No. 3 singles, and Victoria Ondo kept Jasmine Williams at love at No. 4 singles.
Carly Cangelosi (No. 1 singles), Douberly (No. 2) and Ginny Jones (No. 5) also won.
The Lady Hurricanes defeated ASU 9-0 on March 13 in Albany.
ASU TRACK TEAMS SHINE IN JACKSONVILLE: The Albany State men’s and women’s track & field teams posted a pair of Top 4 finishes in Saturday’s Gem of the Hills Invitational at Jacksonville State University.
The ASU women finished second, while the ASU men finished fourth in their first outing since hosting the Alice Coachman Invitational on March 31.
Senior Brittany Carter garnered 10 points for the Lady Rams after finishing first in the women’s 800-meter run. Carter also finished second in the 1,500 and fifth in the 5,000.
CreeAnn Perkins took top honors in the women’s discus throw and also finished second in the shot put. Senior Shabreka Carter took first-place honors in the hammer throw, while senior Laura Horton finished third in same event.
Freshman Jasmine Grovenor won first place in the long jump, while freshman Chelsea Johnson finished second.
Grovenor also posted impressive marks in track events, including a third-place finish in the 100 and fifth place in the 200. Briana Bowles finished third in the pole vault.
Freshman Latteria Stanton finished second in the 100 hurdles, and rounded out the top five in the 400 hurdles.
The ASU men tallied 71 points and were led by sophomore runner Jordan Thompson, who won the 400 hurdles and was fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Sophomore Garrett Reynolds finished in third in the 100, while freshman Terrio Leverett posted a second-place finish in the long jump.
Isaiah Leggette finished second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.
ASU’s 4x100 relay team of Untayous Benson, Leggette, Thompson and Reynolds placed second.