LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton golf in third heading into final round of own invitational

Cavs freshman TaeHyung Kim is 4-under par and tied for the lead at the Darton Fall Invitational.

Cavs freshman TaeHyung Kim is 4-under par and tied for the lead at the Darton Fall Invitational.

Cavs clinch No. 1 seed in region tourney

ALBANY — Andrew Palumbo had three goals and three assists to lead the Cavs to a 9-3 victory against Georgia Military College on Monday.

Darton (13-0, 8-0 in Region XVII), the No. 1-ranked junior college team in the nation, clinched the No. 1 seed in the region tourney with the victory. Troy Tucker also scored two goals, while Luis Zuluaga, Jorge Chirinos, Jaylon Bather and Oshaine Johnson each scored once.

LADY CAVS 9, GMC 1: Megan Thomas scored three goals to lead the Darton women to their fourth straight win.

The Lady Cavs are now 8-5 overall and 8-3 in Region XVII.

Emily Atkinson, Stephanie Anes, Paige Douglas, Megan Gladden and Shenika Williams each added one goal, and Chihiro Hikita had four assists. The Lady Cavs play again Thursday at Middle Georgia.

ALBANY — The Darton State College golf team struggled to a pair of disappointing finishes in its first two tournaments this fall.

Turns out, all the Cavs needed was some home-course comfort.

That’s what made all the difference for TaeHyung Kim.

Led by Kim, the Cavs shot 300-287 in the first two rounds of the Darton Fall Invitational at River Pointe Golf Club on Monday and are in third place heading into today’s final round.

“It felt like a practice round. There was no pressure,” said Kim, who shot 72-68 and is tied for the individual lead. “It’s just about feeling comfortable and having a smooth swing.”

Kim, a native of South Korea, is 4-under par and tied atop the leaderboard with Central Alabama’s Alex Mahlik.

Central Alabama, the third-ranked junior college team in the nation, is leading the 10-team tournament at 7-under par, while No. 4 Brevard is in second at 7-over.

Darton is ranked No. 6 in the nation, and two Cavs teams (an “A” team and a “B” team) are in the Top 4 of the invitational. The Cavs “A” team is 11-over, and the Cavs “B” team is 23-over.

Joining Kim on the “A” team were Taylor Martin (72-72), Parks Brown (78-74), Nick Green (79-73) and Moultrie native Von Stripling (78-76). “B” team scores were Neil Graham (72-80), Madison Turner (74-69), Tyler Vaughn (75-77) and Robert Robertson (80-72).

“We have a couple of players who played good on both teams,” Darton coach Bill Jones III said. “This was our first time seeing junior college teams, and we have two of the best teams in the country here. The competition is good, and the golf course is hard. To put up a few under-par scores and our first under-par team score are positives.”

Jones said it was good to see his top two players, Martin and Kim, play well.

“Tae Kim and Taylor are still freshman but are clearly our 1-2 players right now,” Jones said. “Hopefully they keep battling each other and pushing each other to even lower scores.”

Today’s final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude around noon.