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The Champions Return

May 27, 2006

Albany -- In last years NJCAA Golf National Championship the Darton Cavaliers basically had the tournament won after three rounds, and finished a record 28 strokes under par.

It wasn't as easy this year, but Darton wins back-to-back national titles.

The triumphant Cavaliers returning to the school today, and say winning another championship is pretty special.

Ranked Number one all season long, the Darton golf team never led in the national championship until the final round, and freshman Troy Bartkowicz says he was a little worried.

"I was a little nervous, but we have such great team work, I thought it'd be fine and we'd come though, and we did."

Head coach Dale Dover says, "The guys fought hard all week long, and I never did feel like going in it we had out "A" game."

The Cav's "B" game was good enough for their second straight national title, and coach Dover says the repeat championship is a special feeling.

"We had the bulls eye our out back, man, for two years, and now that bulls eye is off. I can tear that bulls eye off our back now."

Bartkowicz says, "It's awesome. I know they did it last year. I was coming in as a freshman. Just playing was awesome. I think it's one of the best feelings ever."

With Darton's record breaking run last year, Dover says the course was a lot tougher this time around.

"They were trying to Darton-proof it this week. That record last year, the 28 under, that's probably going to stand for awhile."

After the tournament the four Cavalier sophomores gave Dover a plaque commemorating the "Fearsome Foursome," and the coach says that means as much to him as the championships.

"Nobody else will ever do any better in junior college. Winning back-to-back national championships is as good as you can do."

Coach Dale Dover was named 2006 coach of the year.

Darton will have another celebration for the back-to-back national champions at the school Tuesday at 3pm.

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