FAIRHOPE, Ala. — In a field full of rival junior colleges, the Darton State College golf team found some consistency in Sunday’s final round of the two-day Faulkner State Community College Spring Invitational.
The Cavs shot 10 strokes better than Saturday’s opening round and finished fifth out of nine teams with an overall score of 622.
Sunday’s 306 was paced by TaeHyung Kim’s 1-over 73 — a score from Darton’s sophomore that head coach Dale Dover said the Cavs desperately needed.
“We need Tae. We need Tae to play well,” Dover said of Kim, who shot a 5-over 77 on Saturday. “We are in a world of hurt if Tae doesn’t step up and play. He just has to get better with his putter because he can hit it as good as anybody in junior college.”
Kim was the lone sophomore to make the trip to Darton’s second meet of the spring season as Dover was looking to help the freshmen gain experience for the closing stretch of the season, which includes the Doublegate Invitational in Albany on March 3-4.
Host Faulkner State won the tournament with scores of 299 and 295, while two of Darton’s biggest rivals — Wallace State and Eastern Florida State — finished second and fourth, respectively.
Defending JUCO champion Central Alabama Community College — another of Darton’s main rivals — finished in sixth place, one shot behind Darton.
Darton’s other individual scores for the tournament were 77-79 for Seth Sanders, 83-78 for Jake O’Bryan, 79-82 for Elliot Hunter and 89-76 for Donalsonville native and former Herald Player of the Year Tyler Shamblin.