Barton’s Plane ties for 9th in 54-hole event

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CARROLLTON, Ga. — Senior Justin Plane registered a top-10 finish but the Barton College men’s golf team struggled to a 11th place showing among 13 teams in the University of West Georgia’s Matt Dyas Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

Plane, an NCAA Division II All-Conference Carolinas performer as a junior, fired a 2-under-par 214 total for 54 holes over the par-72, 7,026-yard Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course. Plane tied for ninth place overall.

However, the Bulldogs fashioned a 24-over-par 888 total for 54 holes from their low four individuals.

Young Harris seized the team title with a 9-under 855. Host West Georgia emerged the runner-up at 859. Completing the top five were Lee University (861), Montevallo (864) and Clayton State (865).

The top Conference Carolinas finisher was King (Tennessee) University in sixth at 868. Belmont Abbey wound up seventh at 870.

Among the Barton individuals, Bryson Boyette, a sophomore from Fike High in Wilson and the 2017 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year carded a 1-over 217, deadlocking for 19th place.

senior Scott Pechacek earned a share of 53rd at 228, while junior Dominic O’Brien tied for 60th at 232. junior Nikolaj Dahl wound up 68th at 239.

Seizing the individual championship was Lee’s Dylan Lillard with a 7-under 209.

Barton wraps up fall competition next Monday and Tuesday in the McDonough Cup in Orlando, Florida, at the Rio Pinar Golf Club.