March 6, 2014

Dalton State golfers finish fifth

Dalton State College’s men’s golf team opened its spring schedule with a fifth-place finish this week in the Doublegate Collegiate Invitational.

The Roadrunners shot a 916 in the three-round tournament — they tied with Alabama’s Wallace State — held Monday and Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club in Albany.

Eastern Florida won the tournament with a 904, while Central Alabama and Darton — which is in Albany — tied for second at 911 and Georgia Southwestern University was fourth (914).

“I saw a lot of good things this week in Albany,” Dalton State coach Ben Rickett said. “We still have little things that we have to work on.”

Dalton State’s Chase Jones finished in a five-way tie for third at 223 with Brad Gray of Eastern Florida, Taehyung Kim of Darton College, Andrew Klasing of Central Alabama and Nicholas Ward of Georgia Southwestern University.

The Roadrunners’ Levi Nix was tied for 18th (230), while Anthony D’Angelo and Tobias Ebner were tied for 24th (233) and Tyler Mitchell finished tied for 32nd (238).

“It is important to understand the importance of saving every shot you can in a tournament like this one,” Rickett added. “It was a good tune-up for this coming week at the Sand Shark Classic hosted by the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.”  

That tournament is next Monday and Tuesday at OldField Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., between Beaufort and Hilton Head.

• Dalton State’s men’s and women’s tennis teams picked up wins over Misericordia University (Dallas, Penn.) on Tuesday at the Professional Tennis Registry Spring TennisFest Tournament in Hilton Head, S.C.

Dalton State’s men improved to 8-2 with a 9-0 win over the Cougars, while the women improved to 5-2 with an 8-1 win. Temperatures dipped into the 30s and both teams faces 20 mph winds on the court.

“I’m proud of the girls and this win,” Dalton State coach Michel Bates. “The weather conditions were very tough, but our girls were able to persevere.”

Dalton State’s women got doubles wins from No. 1 Diana Narino and Daniela Sanchez, 8-1, and No. 3 Alejandra Bejarano and Lindsay McCutchen, 8-2. In singles, winners were Laura Winter, 6-4, 6-0, No. 2 Sanchez, 6-2, 6-1 No. 3 Narino,  6-1, 6-0, No. 4 Chelsea Powell, 6-1, 6-0, No. 5 Bejarano, 7-6 (3), 6-1, and No. 6 McCutchen, 6-1, 6-3.

Men’s coach Zach Rogers was happy with the results for his lineup as well.

“The guys did a great job of staying focused today,” Rogers said. “Our players had plenty of excuses to not play at their best. Our doubles teams are really starting to show chemistry and I was happy to see Noah Cleary get his first win for the team.”

Doubles winners were No. 1 Nikolay Nikiforov and Adam Hornby, 8-0, No. 2 Lucas de Souza and Juan Pablo Arguello, 8-1, and No. 3 avid Draghiceanu and Hadyn Fava, 8-0. In singles, the winners were No. 1 Nikiforov, 6-4, 7-5, No. 2  Hornby, 6-2, 6-0, No. 3 Draghiceanu, 6-0, 6-0, No. 4 Souza, 6-0, 6-0m No. 5 Fava, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 6 Cleary, 6-0, 6-0.

Both teams were scheduled to play Ohio’s Findlay University on Wednesday, but inclement weather canceled the action.

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