MELBOURNE, Fla. — Darton golf coach Dale Dover used three words to describe his team’s season-opening tournament.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Dover said on his way back from Tuesday’s final round of the Titan Winter Invitational.
The Cavs opened the 2014 spring season with an 11th-place finish in the 15-team tournament, finishing 47 shots over par after three straight rounds over 300. On Tuesday, the Cavs shot a 15-over 303 and wound up 52 shots behind tournament winner Lynn University, a Division II program led by former Georgia Southwestern coach Andrew Danna.
Dover said it was poor play around the greens that had the Cavs scrambling all week.
“If you aren’t putting and chipping well, then you put too much pressure on your long game,” he said. “It’s hard to say (what this says about the team) this early in the season because we have had some bad weather and hadn’t been able to practice as much as we normally do. But I feel like the guys need to take a different attitude and need to be more disciplined and try to hit more fairways and greens.”
Seth Sanders’ two-under 70 on Monday was the Cavs’ only sub-par score of the tournament as all five golfers finished above 72 on Tuesday. Taylor Martin, who parred 17 of 18 holes, led the way with a 73, followed by Sanders 76, Madison Turner 76, Jake O’Bryan 78 and Josh Glossop 89.
Darton sophomore TaeHyung Kim qualified as the team’s No. 1 golfer for the tournament but overslept Sunday, was left on campus and replaced in the lineup by Glossop.
“I would say that if Tae had been there and played average for us, we would have been in the Top 10 for sure and maybe even better,” Dover said. “We just didn’t play well enough to get into contention. We didn’t strike the ball well or putt well enough to get into contention.”
The Cavs play again Feb. 15 and 16 in the Faulkner State Community College Spring Invitational before hosting the Doublegate Invitational in early March.