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Darton golfers ready for nationals

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Darton College golf team has spent nine months preparing for the four biggest days of their season.

The National Junior College golf tournament starts this week and the Cavaliers goal is to win a fourth national title in the last five years.

with three national titles, Darton golf coach Dale Dover knows how to prepare his team for the national junior college tournament.

Dover says he has no idea how his squad is going to play at the this week's National Junior College tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Dover said. "We have the potential Robert to be a national champion if we can all play like we are capable of playing at the same time. We have not yet done that this year. We have not played as we can play as a team this year."

Perhaps one reason is the Darton team is saving their best for the most important tournament of the year.

Cavalier sophomores have been pointing to nationals after finishing second at last year's tournament.

Andy Lewis said. "Nobody wants to go out here without winning a national championship because we would be the first class to leave so everybody has worked hard throughout the semester."

Freshman Lon An said. "They want to win so bad. They have all talked about it and I understand how they feel about it."

One thing that may play to Darton's favor is this year's tournament returns to the Goose Pond course in Scottsboro Alabama.

It is the same course where Darton won three straight national titles from 2005 through 2007 and where Darton won the prestigious Goose Pond Colony tournament in early March.

The Cavs beat many of the teams they will be facing this week.

Lewis said. "That is a good feeling because we have home course advantage. Even the people of Scottsboro root for us and everybody would like to see us go in there and win."

Coach Dover knows his team wants to win a fourth national title but he also wants them to know their task is going to require patience.

Dover said.  "I don't want them to go up there tight. I want them to go up there loose and confident. It is a long, it is a long haul. It is four days. You have got to play it a shot at a time and a hole at a time. That old cliche."

Cliché or not if it brings a fourth national title back to Darton then coach and players will all be satisfied.

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