April 1, 2014

Roadrunners pick up first golf tourney title

Dalton State College’s Tyler Mitchell shaved 10 strokes off his score from the first round to the second at the University of North Georgia Chick-fil-A Spring Invitational.

The Roadrunners needed all 10.

Dalton State was five strokes better as a team Tuesday at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega and finished the two-day tournament with a 589, one stroke better than Brewton-Parker, to earn its first win since the school relaunched athletics this school year.

“It’s nice to get a win during the season, especially during the first year of competition,” Dalton State coach Ben Rickett said.

After Monday’s first round, Dalton State’s 297 was seven strokes behind leader Brewton-Parker. Chase Jones’ 1-over-par 73 was Dalton State’s best round of the five Roadrunners scoring.

He shot a 70 on Tuesday to finish 1-under and second to Brewton-Parker’s Dillon Board, who shot 7-under-par 65 both rounds to win the individual championship.

But Mitchell was the biggest difference, not just for Dalton State but any of the 30 golfers in the six-team field. His 82 in the first round was Dalton State’s worst score, but he rebounded for a 72.

“Chase has played great all semester,” Rickett said. “All of the guys have played solid. After the round yesterday, they went back to work. I think we were the last ones on the putting greens (Monday). They were still grinding it out. As a coach, you like to watch them all interact.

“Tyler mentioned that Chase said something to him that just clicked.”

Anthony D’Angelo (73), Tobias Ebner (77) and Levi Nix (79) had Dalton State’s other counting rounds on Tuesday.

Young Harris (598), North Georgia (599), Emmanuel (608) and Shorter (616) rounded out the team scores.

While this was the first win for Dalton State, the Roadrunners have been competitive. They finished second at the Emmanuel Invitational one week ago.

“They’re really starting to believe in themselves,” Rickett said. “The other good thing about it is there’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes. Now they’re getting the results they deserve.”

The Roadrunners return to action this weekend in the Bash at the Beach at LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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