For the last 11 years Darton State College's golf team has been coached by Dale Dover, as either head coach or an assistant. After the team finished fourth in the NJCAA National Tournament Head Coach Dale Dover announced his retirement. Taking over the program for the first time is Gary Hilton. Head Coach Hilton is no stranger to the Darton tradition, considering he was once a Darton State Cavalier golfer.
The Cavaliers will be entering this first tournament without Coach Dover at the reigns and it will be Coach Hilton who will be calling the shots. One thing that Coach Hilton is excited about is the recruiting class he has for the 2014-2015 season.
Coach Hilton said, "I feel comfortable about this group of guys. And every day they come out and compete, and they are having fun doing it."
Coach Hilton added four new freshmen to his Cavalier squad. Hunter Tidwell, who won state in Tennessee during his high school career, Connor Watt who is one of the top young golfers from Canada, Bailey Ulp from Suwanee, Georgia, and Harrison Mohr from Augusta, Georgia.
Coach Hilton said, "All of these guys can play at the top level, and you add in the mix of the guys I already have, we will have a great team this year."
For once in a long time depth is on the Cavaliers side, but the big test will be this upcoming weekend when the team hits the road. Darton will take six total players to compete in the Wallace State Invitational in Cullman, Alabama. The Tournament starts on Monday with 36 holes and wrapping up on Tuesday with 18 holes.