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Barton finishes 9th at Vegas Desert Classic

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LAS VEGAS — Junior Justin Plane recorded the lowest round of the tournament for the Barton College men’s golf team Tuesday as the Bulldogs finished off a ninth-place performance at the Las Vegas Desert Classic, held at the Links Replica Course at Royal Links Golf Club.

Plane’s 1-under 71 on the par-72, 6,962-yard layout was the Bulldogs’ low round of the three-day event, with junior Scott Pechacek and freshman Bryson Boyette, a product of Fike High, shooting even par in the final round.

With a 293 for its low four individuals, the Bulldogs shot the second-lowest score of the final round. Senior Derek Hamm followed with a 78 for Barton’s final counting score.

West Florida, ranked No. 1 in the nation, shot 6-under to win the event, 28 shots past runner-up Oklahoma Christian University.

Barton did jump West Texas A&M University with its third-round showing to finish ninth and was three places clear of No. 21 University of Central Oklahoma.

Individually, Pechacek tied for 16th with his three-day score of 79-72-72—223. Boyette was 25th at 79-74-72—225, while Hamm was 32nd at 75-74-78—227. Plane’s low Tuesday round for Barton enabled him to jump 25 positions, into a tie for 41st at 79-79-71—229.

Barton will return home to host the Barton Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Wilson Country Club.

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