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Eighth-Ranked Eastern Florida Golfers Head to Darton Tournament

Oct. 17, 2013 - Eastern Florida State's golf team will be one of a dozen teams competing in Monday and Tuesday's Darton Fall Invitational/NJCAA District 4 Preview tournament at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in Albany, GA.

The tournament is the third for Eastern Florida this fall following a fifth-place finish in the season-opening Wallace State Fall Invitational and a seventh-place finish at the Webber Warrior Fall Invitational.

Eastern Florida's Titans are ranked eighth nationally in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf NJCAA Division I College Coaches poll. Among teams joining them at Darton are the hosts, Faulkner State, Meridian Community College, Cape Fear Community College and USC-Lancaster.

Eastern Florida head coach Jamie Howell is hopeful the tournament will be another step forward in the Titans progression.

"The team has been working diligently to improve our basics and cut down on unforced errors such as bogies with wedges into greens, bogeying par 5s," Howell said. "Qualifying has been going well this week and five players — Brad Gray, Arthur Leonard, Drew Cooke, Kyle Benson and Nick Maynard — have stepped up to the front and are leading the way heading into the tournament.

"I think we are working better at improving areas that need their attention. By seeing what some of the other teams have been scoring and comparing to our scores and stats the areas for improvement were obvious. We make a lot of pars as a team (first and second the past two events in total pars versus the field), but not enough birdies and too many bogies."

To that end, Howell is emphasizing an overall approach.

"First is to execute better all-around at each event," Howell said. "Second is for several players to step up and perform. So far Brad has been our number one player all fall and he will need help if we are to put four good scores on the board each day."