Barton golf places 6th in finale

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MORGANTON — The Barton College men’s golf team concluded the fall portion of its 2017-18 schedule with a sixth-place finish Tuesday in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate at Mimosa Hills Golf Club (par 70).

The Bulldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard , in five events, posted one victory and a trio of top-three finishes.

In Tuesday’s final round, Barton posted the fifth-best score of 294 among 13 teams. The Bulldogs opened with rounds of 294 and 290 Monday for a 54-hole total of 878.

Barton started the final round in fourth place but was passed by fellow NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas member Belmont Abbey (281) and host Lenoir-Rhyne University (286).

The  Bulldogs trailed fourth-place North Greenville (South Carolina) University of Conference Carolinas by two shots and fifth-place Coker (South Carolina) College by one.

Newberry (South Carolina) College padded an already sizable lead with the tournament’s lowest round of 274 (6-under-par) Tuesday for its low four individuals and seized a whopping 29-shot win at 1-under 839.

Junior Justin Plane paced Barton the final round with a 72 that included an eagle and two birdies as well as three bogeys and one triple-bogey. From Whitby Canada, Plane emerged Barton’s tournament leader with a 14th-place finish in the 81-player field with rounds of 73-72-72—217. The top-15 finish was Plane’s fourth in five tournaments.

Bulldogs junior Scott Pechacek also posted a top-15 finish, tying for the spot at 72-72-74—218. Pechacek notched his second top-15 showing.

Freshman Owen Dick, in the Barton starting lineup for the first time in his career, carded a 74 the final round and wound up 25th at 77-71-74—222.

Bryson Boyette, a freshman from Fike High, also came in with a 74 Tuesday and shared the 38th position at 76-77-74—227.

Completing the Barton lineup was junior Logan Zimarino, who deadlocked for 43rd at 73-75-80—228.

Individually, North Greenville’s Evan Gfeller puttered to a 2-over 72 the final round, but rode a huge lead after 36 holes to the individual crown at 69-66-72—207, 3-under-par. Despite a 66 the final round, Newberry’s Ben Thompson wound up two shots behind Gfeller at 209.