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Darton Golf Team:NJCAA Division I National Championship

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Special to the Journal
The Darton College Golf Team participated in the NJCAA Division I National Championship in Lubbock, TX.  The team finished 12th of 24 teams..
“We shot rounds of 300-295-289-297 and finished just 3 shots behind 2-time defending champs Indian Hills (IA), said Bill Jones, III, Darton State College Head Golf Coach. “We were paired with eventual champs Central Alabama after the 2nd round, when they caught fire and shot a tournament low –16 in the 3rd round and went on to win by a shot over Odessa (TX).”
Coach Jones continued, we were playing well leading up to the tournament and into the practice rounds, but our guys did not execute with their short game to put together good rounds. I believe we hit the ball as good as anyone in the top-5, but were unable to take advantage of great scoring conditions during the 2nd and 3rd rounds. In retrospect, our lack of experience, not having a single player in the lineup from last year’s starting 5 at Nationals, was a huge obstacle that we couldn’t quite overcome. This put too much pressure on each player individually and didn’t allow us to compete where we thought we were able to. I’m confident that having 3 of these players return for next season will give us an incredible advantage over this past season, and along with a good class coming in should help us on our way to returning to the national spotlight.”
 Nick Green, sophomore from Covington, GA, was Darton’s low finisher. Nick finished just 3 shots from receiving All-American honors. If not for a horrible break on the first hole of the final round, leading to a quadruple-bogey 7, he may have done it, but the coaching staff and team-mates were extremely proud of his resilience all week in adversity and he will continue on to North Georgia next season to continue his collegiate golf career.
Also, Coach Dale Dover was inducted into the National Golf Coach’s Hall of Fame for his accomplishments over the past 10 years in NJCAA Golf, and that is a much better piece of the story!
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