May 19, 2008
Albany - The Darton golf team tees it up Tuesday in their bid to win a fourth straight national junior college title.
The Cavaliers might be going for a fifth title had they won out in Phoenix in 2004.
Darton was two shots out of the lead heading into the final round where the desert winds blew their score to a 327 and dropped them to a sixth place finish.
After the tournament was played in Alabama for the last years where Darton won their three straight titles, the junior college tournament is back on the same Palm Valley course in Phoenix.
While the current Darton players were in high school then, head coach Dale Dover has never forgotten that round and will have his team ready for Arizona heat.
Dale Dover said "The atmosphere is different. The ball flies a little further. There is not any humidity out there but you can run into some really hot weather. It is going to take an adjustment for us."
Darton players aren't intimidated by playing on a new course.
Darton sophomore Chesley Gunn said "If they could contend then, I have no fear that we can contend now. I feel we are just as good as they were."
Coleman Calhoun said "It should be too different. It is just another golf course. We just have to go out there and get a good feel for it and go out and play good."
The National Junior College Athletic Association golf tournament runs Tuesday through Friday in Phoenix, Arizona.