May 28, 2004
Phoenix, Az- When the Darton College golf team arrived at Phoenix's Palm Valley Golf Club for the final round of the National Junior College golf tournament, there was a slight wind blowing across the Arizona desert.
But when it came time for the Cavaliers to tee it up at 1:00pm Arizona time this afternoon, that mild wind was roaring like a lion at over 35 miles per hour.
That wind also blew away any chances of Darton winning their first national title.
The Cavaliers started the day in second place just two shots out of the lead at 14 over par.
But instead of making charge they hoped for a national title, Darton faltered with a 39 over par score of 327 in the tournament's fourth and final round and settling for a 6th place finish.
It is Darton's highest finish in their third national tournament appearance but that it is little consolation for a Cavalier squad that had their sights on a national title.
To make matters worse for Darton, third round leader Tyler had to withdraw today because two of their players could not finish their round due to illness.
The good news is that Brandon Anthony, who was the individual leader and only Darton golfer to break 80 in the final round, finishes in fifth place in the medalist competition and should earn junior college all-American honors according to Darton coach Dale Dover.
The future is bright for the Darton golf team with four of their top five players eligible to return and a talented recruiting class coming next season.
NJCAA D-II Golf-Final Round
1. South Mountain 1179
2. John A. Logan 1187
3.(tie) Hinds CC, Cleveland St. 1193
5. Temple 1194
Brandon Anthony 79 +1
Donnnie Parker 86 +10
Bennett Maki 83 +19
Jason Flowers 83 +23
Michael Deariso 84 +42
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