Cavs disappointed in opening round at nationals

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Darton State College finished the first day at the NJCAA national tournament tied for ninth in the team standings after finishing with a 316, 28 strokes over par.

The Cavaliers are tied with Dodge City Community College and Scottsdale Community College.

Jake O’Bryan led Darton with a 77, while Seth Sanders shot a 78. Taehyung Kim shot an 80, while Taylor Martin and Madison Turner each finished with an 81. Only one of the 81 scores count toward the team score.

Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College leads the 22-team field after finishing 10-over par with a 298, the only team to finish with a score less than 300. Wallace State (Ala.) Community College was second with a 301, 13 strokes over par.

The four-day tournament continues today.

Darton coach Dale Dover was disappointed in his team’s finish after starting well.

“We didn’t finish well,” Dover said. “I think it was a little bit of a composure loss. The course sort of wore on us. I thought we had a little bit of a letdown.”

If the Cavs hope to have a chance at winning their first national title since 2007, they will need a better showing today.