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Herald POY Shamblin among new Darton golf signings

Golfers, from left, Tyler Shamblin from Seminole County, Jake O’Bryan of Oglethorpe County High and Joshua Glossop of West Sussex, England, will play for the Cavs next season.

Golfers, from left, Tyler Shamblin from Seminole County, Jake O’Bryan of Oglethorpe County High and Joshua Glossop of West Sussex, England, will play for the Cavs next season.

ALBANY — Seminole County’s Tyler Shamblin emerged as the top prep golfer in Southwest Georgia last season and ran away with The Herald’s Player of the Year award as a junior.

Turns out, he’s going to stick around the area a little while longer.

The senior, who will try to win his third straight Region 1-A medalist honors this spring, recently committed to play golf at Darton State College.

Shamblin joins recent signees Jake O’Bryan of Oglethorpe County High and Joshua Glossop, of West Sussex, England — and the trio will hit the links in the fall for the Cavs, who are currently ranked seventh in the NJCAA.

“Tyler is a raw talent out of Southwest Georgia, and a player like Tyler can thrive in our program with his competitive nature and personal drive to be successful,” Darton golf coach Bill Jones III said.

Along with his two region titles with scores of 70 and 71 the last two years — and he would be 3-for-3 if not for losing in a tiebreaker his freshman year — Shamblin led Seminole to a 14th-place finish in the state meet with a team-low 77 as a junior.

He also is the club champion at Crooked Oak Golf Course in Colquitt and finished tied for seventh at the 2012 Class A State Championship.

O’Bryan is from Lexington and has had a great junior golf career already, including a recent win in the SJGT’s UGA Golf Course Junior Classic, where he shot rounds of 71 and 80 in extremely cold and windy conditions.

“Jake has had five other Top 15 finishes on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour since 2010,” Jones said.

“And I believe he will prove to be a key player for the Cavaliers next season. Jake is a quality player that has shown steady improvement over the past year, and I know he will have an immediate impact on the squad next fall.”

Glossop won the 2011 Worthing Junior Open, shooting rounds of 71 and 69, and he also became the Sussex Boys County Champion.

Following his breakout season, he became part of the Southeast Regional England Team, which is composed of the top 10 U-18 players in Southeast England.

“I’m very excited to bring another talented international player to Darton State College next season,” Jones said. “ Josh will be a great asset to the program, and we look forward to him joining the Cavaliers in August.”