Boyette, O’Brien lead Barton to share of third

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SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLA. — Behind sophomore Bryson Boyette and junior Dominic O’Brien, the Barton College men’s golf team swung into its 2018-19 season with a third-place showing among 14 teams after two rounds of the Jay Jennison Cup at World Golf Village Slammer & Squire Course on Monday.

The final round is scheduled for Tuesday.

Boyette, the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, fired a 3-under-par 141 over the par-72, 6.939-yard course for 36 holes, while O’Brien carded a 1-under 143. Boyette enters the final round tied for fifth place overall, while O’Brien owns a share of the No. 7 spot.

The Bulldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard posted a 582, 6-over-par for 36 holes, and trails front-running Barry University by 28 shots. Barry shot a blistering 22-under 554. Second is Young Harris at even-par 576.

Barton shares the third spot with Keiser and Rollins. Host Flagler is sixth at 583.

The Bulldogs and Belmont Abbey are the only Conference Carolinas teams participating. Belmont Abbey occupies the 12th spot at 599.

Barton also got a 147 from senior Justin Plane, a 151 from senior Scott Pechacek and a 152 from sophomore Justin Poole.

Plane, all-conference last season along with Boyette, a product of Fike High; is tied for 27th, Pechacek tied for 48th and Poole tied for 51st.

The individual leader is Barry’s Jorge Garcia at 8-under-136.