Written by David Mann
4/17/2012 (MELBOURNE, Fla.) – The Darton College Cavaliers finished 21 strokes behind the NJCAA District II Championship leader after the first two rounds of golf action Monday.
The Cavs struggled in their first two rounds and closed with 299 and 306 strokes, respectively, to slip into fourth place. Tournament host Brevard College, of Melbourne, Fla., led No. 1-ranked Meridian Community College by five strokes as the tournament resumed this morning.
The tourney should end around 3 p.m. today. The top seven teams qualify for the NJCAA national championship, scheduled for May 13, at Sand Creek Golf Club in Newton, Kan.
“We pretty much shot ourselves out of a chance to win, but we’re in decent shape to qualify,” head golf coach Bill Jones said.
High winds beat his Cavaliers down on Monday, he said.
“It was already blowing 15 mph at 7:30 (a.m.),” he said. “It ate at them mentally and physically.”
Even Darton’s mighty Joe Sakulpolphaisan, currently the No. 1 golfer in the NJCAA, never had a good round Monday. Leading the Cavs, he birdied his last three holes to finish the first round 1-over at 71, but he later bogied the last three holes of round two and shot a 74.
“From top to bottom, nobody did what they usually do,” Jones said.