TIFTON — That’s more like it.
After shooting a 305 in Sunday’s opening round of the Region XVII tournament, the Darton golf team bounced back Monday with a 295 to increase its lead from four to 21 shots heading into today’s final round at the Golf Club of South Georgia.
“It’s what I was expecting (Sunday),” Darton coach Bill Jones III said. “The pins were pretty difficult and the wind was tough at times (Monday). It played pretty tough, but for the most part everybody hung in there and played pretty steady.”
Nationally-ranked No. 8 Darton, looking for its 12th straight region title, led Georgia Military by just four shots after the opening round, but GMC dropped to fourth with a second-round score of 321.
The Cavs’ two-day total of 600 puts them well ahead of ABAC (621) and Gordon College (624). Andrew College sits in last place with a two-round score of 653.
Darton freshman Parks Brown fired an even-par 72 Monday and is tied for the individual lead with ABAC’s Lee Wright at 4-over.
Brown shot a 2-under 34 on the front nine but double-bogeyed No. 13.
“He is more than capable (of winning),” Jones said of Brown, a native of Gainesville. “We have known all along that he is capable. He just has to believe in himself and execute.”
Other second-round scores for Darton were Robert Robertson 73, Nick Green 74, TaeHyung Kim 76 and Madison Turner 78.
“On Sunday we struggled and never got it back. We just kept going south,” Jones said. “(Monday) the guys who started well continued to play well, and the guys not playing well fought hard to the end and posted solid scores.”
Jones said it was putting that made the 10-stroke difference between the two days.
“I saw a lot more birdies being made (Monday),” he said. “And that wasn’t just because we hit it close. I saw some 10-12-footers being made out there.”
The Cavs haven’t lost to a region opponent this season, and ABAC, which is playing on its home course, would need a miracle to catch Darton today.
“We would have to play poorly, and they would have to play great,” Jones said. “Our philosophy (today) is that they are playing with us, so they are close enough. We always say that if we beat a team every round, then they can never beat you. So that’s going to be our plan (today).”
Pinson pitches Baconton past Worth
BACONTON — Baconton-Charter’s Brock Pinson improved to 5-2 on the mound with a complete-game, two-hitter in Monday’s 10-0 win against Worth County.
Pinson had six strikeouts in six innings, while Taber Raley led the Blazers at the plate with a double — the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.
Baconton (16-2) play again today at Calhoun County.
WESTOVER SOCCER DOMINATES: The Westover boys and girls soccer teams routed Dougherty in a pair of Region 1-AAAA games Monday.
The Patriots (8-5-1, 7-3) beat the Dougherty boys, 7-0.
Will Bice (2 goals, assist) and Hunter Choi (2 goals) led Westover, which also got goals from Steven Vaiculevich, Braedon Galloway and Kevin Vincente and assists from Bud Laska, Steven Lopez, Tanner Stumpe and Alford Nwankwo.
The Lady Patriots improved to 12-2 overall and 11-1 in the region with a 10-0 win.
Katie Brown led the way with two goals and two assists and was joined in the scorebook by Haley Turner (goal, assist), Amie Loudermilk (goal, assist), Jasmine Young (2 goals, assist), Adi Estrada (goal), Tan Young (goal), Kelsie Breasette (goal), Anisa Fudge (goal) and Makayla Fryson (assist).
Both Westover teams play again today at Americus-Sumter.
DWS TENNIS STAYS PERFECT: The Deerfield boys and girls tennis teams each improved to 15-0 with wins against Westwood on Monday.
The DWS boys won, 6-0, and got victories from singles players Nasser Rizbi (No. 1), Tyler Lowe (No. 2), Ben Hoopes (No. 3) and Fletcher Cromardie (No. 4), Reid Wright and Robert Newsome at No. 1 doubles and Will Calhoun and Pete Langstaff at No. 2 doubles.
The DWS girls won, 4-2, with Westwood’s Rachell Harrell winning at No. 2 singles and Perra Harrell winning at No. 3 singles.
Joyner Tyson (No. 1) and Jessica Trottier (No. 4) won their singles matches for DWS, while Amy Rao and Caroline Holley won at No. 1 doubles and Paige Hawk and Ansley Arrington were victorious at No. 2 doubles.
The DWS teams play again Thursday in Americus against Southland Academy.
DWS BASEBALL LOSES: The Knights got just two hits — a single from Kh’Ron McClain and a double from Weston King — in Monday’s 7-0 loss to Glenwood Academy.
Coleman Butler was the losing pitcher, throwing four innings with three hits and five strikeouts.
DWS (8-6) plays again today at home against Calvary.