May 30, 2006
Albany -- The back-to-back national championship winning Darton golf team gathering together for one last time at the school Tuesday afternoon.
A strong turnout from the community there to cheer on the team and their unprecedented accomplishments, and the Cavaliers say it's a bitter-sweet moment.
Now that a few days have passed since winning their second straight NJCAA Division II national championship, the Cavaliers golf team says they're glad the pressure is off.
"It's just a relief to know it's over and we've won it again," says head coach Dale Dover.
Sophmore Brent Witcher says, "We had a lot of pressure, but I think everybody handled it well. Everybody's been in that position plenty of times."
Sophomore Ryan Wilson won three state championships in high school and two national championships in college, and says the Cavaliers always had a bulls eye on their back.
"Everyone was gunning for us," says Wilson, "and to win was a good accomplishment."
Witcher adds, "We never really thought we would win back-to-back national championships. If you would have told us that two years ago we never would have imagined it."
Losing this years sophomores is tough for head coach Dale Dover.
"It's good to have all the guys together one last time," says Dover. "It's a sad occasion for me. These guys have been with me for two years, and we've been through a lot together. A lot of fun times, though."
Brent Witcher will continue his career at the University of Georgia, and says he'd like to keep his national championship streak alive.
"It'd be great to win four national championships," says Witcher. "I don't know anybody that's done that. The team's definitely capable of doing that, just like Darton's capable of winning next year. I think it'll be a great experience."
Dover says, "That's what it's all about, getting these young men ready for the next level."
All four Darton Sophomores will continue playing golf in college next year.