LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Cavs close in on 12th straight trip to nationals

Bill Jones III

Bill Jones III

PENDLETON, S.C. — A sore wrist and a lot of headaches.

That’s what No. 16 at Boscobel Country Club in Pendleton, S.C., gave the Darton State College golf team on Monday in the first two rounds of the District IV Championship.

The Cavs are in fourth place heading into today’s final round, but they played the 16th hole at 11-over the first two rounds and are 16 strokes back from leader Brevard.

“No team in contention played that hole under par, but nobody played it as bad as we did,” Darton coach Bill Jones said.

While it will be nearly impossible to catch Brevard in the final round, the Cavs are in good position to finish in the Top 8 and advance to their 12th straight national championship.

Darton, which won its 12th straight regional title last week, fired an opening-round score of 294 and second-round score of 292 and is two shots back of Central Alabama and seven shots back of Wallace State.

TaeHyung Kim, a freshman from South Korea, shot rounds of 72 and 71 and is 1-over for the tournament to lead the Cavs.

“I was proud of the way Tae played,” Jones said. “He hit the ball well at regionals but scored awful, but (Monday) he did pretty much the opposite. He was hitting the ball well and getting it into the hole much better.”

Darton’s other scores were Taylor Martin 70-74, Parks Brown 73-76, Nick Green 79-71 and Madison Turner 79-79.

Green, Darton’s only sophomore playing in the tournament, was only 3-over for his opening round before striking a tree root on a shot on the 16th hole, bending his pitching wedge and injuring his wrist. He finished the round with two bogeys and a triple bogey on his final three holes.

Green played through the pain in the second round and was 2-under throught his first 15 holes but ran into trouble on No. 16 again and double bogeyed the tricky par 4, which was the only obstacle standing between the Cavs and a chance to win the district title today.

“We are so close to playing great golf,” Jones said. “We would have to play perfect golf (today) to catch Brevard, and we surely didn't do that in our first two rounds.”

Taylor’s five goals lead Lady Trojans

LEESBURG — Lee County’s Carsen Taylor scored five goals for the second consecutive game to lead the Lady Trojan soccer team to a 10-0 win against Thomasville on Monday.

Suzanne Wynn added three goals, and Lee County got one goal each from Elsie Mullins and Sarah Sheffield to improve to 10-4 overall.

The Lady Trojans won’t play again until April 30 in the state tournament.