National championship tournaments are nothing new for the Darton State golf program.
The Cavs have won three national titles in their history. But to do it again in 2014 would provide the program with something new: a Division I title.
The previous three have all come in Division II.
Darton tees off at the NJCAA National Championships Tuesday in Burlington, IA.
The team's confidence is sky high, and why shouldn't it be? Darton has won the last three tournaments they've played.
"We're getting hot at the right time, no doubt," says sophomore Madison Turner. "Going into nationals with three wins in our last three tournaments is huge."
But if anything could cool off the Cavs, it's time. And Darton has had plenty of that lately.
The team's last tournament was the District IV Championship a month ago. Since then, the Cavs have simply been trying to stay in a tournament mindset.
"It is a little bit of a challenge. We've just been staying competitive within ourselves, which is the main thing," Turner says. "We're trying to beat each other at qualifying and that's the best we can do."
If the Cavs can win a title, it would be a great way to send off longtime head coach and director of golf Dale Dover, who has said this season will be his last.
But the team knows what it would mean for them as well.
"That'd be huge for us, especially for the freshman. Coming back after they'd won a national championship, that'd be awesome," says Turner. "And for [the sophomores], that'd be even bigger, because this is our last year here."
The Cavaliers tee off Tuesday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Iowa.
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