April 7, 2014

Dalton State golfers close season in Fla.

Dalton State College’s men’s golf team finished ninth Sunday at the Bash at the Beach tournament, which was hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The event closed the Roadrunners’ 2013-14 schedule, the school’s first venture onto the links in nearly three decades.

“We weren’t our best today, but it was great getting to play some of the best in the country,” Roadrunners coach Ben Rickett said in a release from Dalton State. “We’ve learned a lot about this team and each other this year. I couldn’t be more proud of the work all of the guys have put in. We still have lots we need to work on in the offseason, but I am extremely excited about the 2014-15 season.”

The top individual in the 13-team tournament was former Dalton High School standout Chase Miller, who led Brunswick’s College of Coastal Georgia to a one-stroke win over Johnson & Wales University (North Miami, Fla.), 587-588. Miller, a senior, beat junior teammate Allan Bradford in a playoff after both finished at 139 — each shot 70-69 in the two-day, 36-hole tournament. The course played to par 72 and 6,858 yards.

Dalton State was led by Tobias Ebner and Tyler Mitchell, who each shot 70-75 — 145 and were among seven golfers tied for 15th. The Roadrunners finished at 592, four strokes behind Warner University (Lake Wales, Fla.) and six strokes ahead of Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.).

Other competing golfers for Dalton State were Levi Nix (74-75 — 149), who tied for 36th, Chase Jones (76-77 — 153), who shared 49th, and Anthony D’Angelo (76-82 — 158), who was among those knotted at 63rd.

The Roadrunners were competing in a tournament for the second time in a seven-day span. They won the University of North Georgia Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega, to follow up a second-place finish at the Emmanuel Invitational at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell.

While Dalton State competed as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this season, the Roadrunners did not have a conference home and so were ineligible for postseason play. They will have that chance next season — when the women’s program is also scheduled to begin play — as members of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

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