In just its fourth season of competition, the Roane State Raiders men’s golf team has achieved another first.
According to Head Coach Chris Griffin, “This Spring, two golfers qualified for the NJCAA DII National Golf Tournament.” Griffin identified the pair has Jacob Parton, an Oak Ridge High School graduate, and Nick Daugherty, an alum of Anderson County High School.
“Both Jacob and Nick were trending in the right direction this Spring,” stated Griffin. “This accomplishment of advancing two players to the National Tournament is a first in the history of the RSCC golf program.”
Parton, a second-year player, recently signed with Tennessee Wesleyan University to continue his collegiate golfing career. After signing with Wesleyan, Parton finished his last two tournaments with a pair of top seven finishes.
Daugherty, who is in first year with the Raiders, showed improvement with each tournament throughout the Spring season. Griffin noted, “We could see his confidence increase each time out and we knew, as coaches, he was going to start playing to his potential.”
Daugherty finished the Southeastern District Tournament in third place overall.
The dynamic duo will represent the RSCC at the National Tournament at the Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, Missouri, May 17-20.
Parton, Daugherty and Team Captain Wyatt James also earned honors of members of the Southeastern District All-District team.
Last year, the Raiders Andy Fox qualified for the National Tournament, marking the first time in 41 years a Roane State Golfer achieved that pinnacle. Before Fox, the last golfer to achieve a berth in the National Tournament was RSCC Head Coach Chris Griffin, who played in the event in June 1980.