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Darton golf rallies, finishes third in district preview tourney

The Darton State College golf team has one more fall tournament in three weeks before turning its attention to spring, where it will try to repeat as region and district champs.

The Darton State College golf team has one more fall tournament in three weeks before turning its attention to spring, where it will try to repeat as region and district champs.

PENDLETON, Tenn. — Following a string of disappointing performances during its fall season, the Darton State College golf team finally had reason to smile Tuesday after finishing third in the NJCAA District IV Preview.

And while coach Bill Jones III knows third place isn’t a win, considering where the Cavs were after two rounds, this was a victory.

“We played terrible (Monday), and then we came out and played incredible (Tuesday),” he said of Darton’s three rounds — the first two of which saw the Cavs finish 25 shots out of the lead, while the final round saw Darton close to within five shots of second-place finisher Brevard and seven shots of winner Central Alabama. “Our third-round score of 286 (on Tuesday) was the lowest of any team by 10 shots, so we leave feeling confident.”

Darton’s highest finisher was sophomore Nick Green of Covington, who ended up seventh overall with rounds of 72, 71 and 76. Green was followed by freshman Madison Turner of Canton with scores of 79, 74 and 68, TaeHyung Kim of South Korea (74-74-74), freshman Taylor Martin of Brasleton (76-74-72) and freshman Parks Brown of Gainesville (79-73-72).

Jones said his team may finally be learning how to be consistent.

“We have a lot of young guys, and we still haven’t learned how to win, but I think we’re becoming more consistent,” he said. “Like I’ve told them before, ‘You can’t win a tournament on the first day, but you can lose it.’ That’s been our MO, and we just need to start faster.”

Darton closes out its fall schedule in three weeks at the Central Alabama Community College Invitational on Nov. 11-12.