May 28, 2005
Albany - The Darton College golf team arrived at the National Junior College tournament last Sunday at Scottsboro, Alabama ranked number one in division two.
And in a span of four days the other 14 teams in the tournament field found out that the Cavaliers were worthy of that ranking after Darton won the Divisin II national title by 37 shots.
The national champs arriving back in town Saturday afternoon where a welcome home party was waiting for them at Cavalier Arena.
The Cavaliers win is the first national team title for Darton in the history of their athletic program.
And the national junior college golf association will probably need a month to change their record book following Darton's win.
The Cavaliers winning score of 1124 beat the old record held by Tyler by 21 shots.
Darton freshman Brent Witcher won the medalist title with a record score of 12 under par 276.
In addition, Darton had six players make the all-tournament team and that includes sixth man Brandon Anthony who was playing under an individual status.
Anthony, Witcher, Jason Flowers and Michael Gordy are first team all-Americans, Ryan Wilson makes the second team and Ryan Parker earns honorable mention for their effort this week.
The coach of the year, Darton's Dale Dover, says the winning at the national tournament showed that his squad is a true team.
Dover said "They are just a special group. That is all you can say about them. They are just a special group. The team chemistry is great."
Witcher said "No we could never imagine playing that well. Everybody all week played as well as they could. "
Anthony said "I just wanted to make all-American. I didn't really think about it too much. Just try to play a good round. Played solid and ended up making it again."
Darton has a chance at a repeat with four of their top five players scheduled to return next year.
Brandon Anthony has signed a scholarship to play at Troy University and Jason Flowers has signed with Valdosta State.