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Cavaliers golf team regains focus on final day

April 17, 2005

Albany - After taking a commanding 60 shot lead after round one of the NJCAA Region XVII golf meet, the battle for the number one ranked Darton golf team was to see which Cavalier would win the medalist trophy.

It was no surprise that freshman Brent Witcher, who has the lowest scoring average of any junior college player in the nation, would win that honor.

Witcher fired a one-under par 71 in Sunday's third and final round to take the medalist trophy with a three day score of four-under 212.

The outcome of the three day tournament may have been known after the first round but the Cavaliers still faced a challenge from their home Stonebridge course with its fast greens and strong winds.

After Friday's sizzling seven-under 281, Darton ballooned to a 301 Saturday.

That score didn't set well with Region XVII coach of the year Dale Dover who felt his number one ranked golf team lost their composure in the tough conditions on Saturday's round.

The Cavaliers got back into the swing on Sunday with a final round 297 to win with relative ease over Andrew College.

The field in next year's Region XVII tournament will double with ABAC and Truett-McConnell adding golf to their athletic programs.

The victory qualifies the number one ranked Darton team for the NJCAA national tournament for the fourth straight year.

This year, the NJCAA tournament moves from Arizona to Scottsboro, Alabama in the final week in May.

NJCAA Region XVII Golf
April 15-17 at Stonebridge G.C.
Darton 281 301 297 879
Brent Witcher 69 72 71 212 medalist all-region
Jason Flowers 74 75 72 221 all-region
Ryan Wilson 70 78 76 224 all-region
Michael Gordy 68 80 78 226 all-region
Ryan Parker 78 76 78 238 all-region

Andrew 341 326 325 992
Evan Scanlon 82 73 80 235
Matt Long 84 83 87 254
Ryan Munas 95 84 75 254
Drew Witchosky 90 93 84 267
Willliam Bartman 85 86 99 270

posted by roberth@walb.com