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SNOW HILL — The Barton College men’s golf team launched its 2019-20 season under the direction of interim head coach Derek Hamm with a championship performance.
The Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas reign as champions of their Cutter Creek Invitational with a score of 10-over-par 586 for 36 holes over the par-72, 7,147-yard Cutter Creek Golf Club layout on Tuesday.
Tied with archrival University of Mount Olive after Monday’s opening round, Barton added a tournament-best 292 for its low four individuals to its opening 294 to win by eight shots against Averett College (594).
The Bulldogs were paced by junior Bryson Boyette, last season’s Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, with a 36-hole score of 1-over 145. With a 74 on Tuesday, Boyette, a product of Fike High, lost in a four-way playoff for the individual championship.
Boyette was grouped at 145 with the Mount Olive trio of Arthur Heinbach, Brice Ballin and Cade Hancock. Heinbach captured the individual title.
After Monday’s round, Ballin shared the top spot with Logan Zimarino of Barton’s B team with a 3-under 69.
The Bulldogs were ignited the final round by a 2-under 70 from Hidde Fontein, who struggled to a 79 the opening round. Barton also counted 74s from Boyette, junior Justin Poole, junior Austin Schone and junior Owen Dick.
While Boyette tied for second, Poole placed sixth in the field (147) and Fontein surged into a ninth-place tie with Schone (149). Dick wound up 12th at 150.
Zimarino, a senior, added a 77 to his opening 69 and his 146 total left him fifth individually. Senior Dominic O’Brien and freshman Kris Jackson each shot 153 for the “B” team, followed by freshman Bobby Gold at 170 and senior Nikolaj Dahl at 174.
Freshman Harrison Wierse and sophomore Michael Ford led the Barton “C” squad at 156. Junior Tenzing Palden fashioned a 159, while senior Javier Prensa-Sosa posted a 161. Freshman Adam Dermer finished at 173.
Completing the top five in the team standings were Mount Olive, third (565); Barton “B” 622 and Mount Olive “B” at 626.
Fayetteville State salvaged sixth at 631, while Barton’s “C” unit deadlocked Southern Virginia for seventh at 632. Then came Bluefield State (669) and Mid Atlantic Christian (758).
Barton next competes in the 10th annual Jay Jennison Cup at the Slam and Squire Course in Saint Augustine, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-24.
Lady Bulldogs finish third at Cutter Creek
SNOW HILL — The Barton College women’s golf team was unable to improve upon its third-place position in Tuesday’s final round of the four-team Cutter Creek Invitational over the par-72, 5,864-yard Cutter Creek Golf Club layout located near Snow Hill in Greene County.
The Lady Bulldogs added a 331 for their low four individuals to their opening 329 for a 660 total — 44 shots behind champion University of Mount Olive.
Mount Olive carded a 308 each of the two rounds for a 616 total and a 10-shot victory. Lander emerged the runner-up at 317-309—626, while Sandhills Community Community College wound up last at 827.
Johanna Andersson of Mount Olive captured the individual title with a 5-over-par 149 for 36 holes.
Barton was paced by a sixth-place showing from senior Clare McMahon at 76-78—154. Nikki Norlin, also a senior, deadlocked for 13th at 79-85—164. Junior Jailynn Thomas tied for 17th at 90-81—171. Freshmen Taylor Capps and Grace Greene wound up deadlocked for 19th (86-87—173) and 22nd (88-92—180), respectively.
Lady Bulldogs fall 1-0 to UNC Pembroke
A goal in just the 10th minute gave UNC Pembroke all it needed to defeat Barton at the Bulldog Athletic Complex on Tuesday in a 1-0 decision.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Rilee Seering, who took advantage of a misplayed pass from freshman goalkeeper Rachel Cox, a graduate of Hunt High. Seering’s goal found the top right corner of the net after she received a pass from Alexis Pittman and slammed it home from the center of the box.
After giving up the early goal, Cox held things together the rest of the way and denied any futher damage, tallying seven saves to keep the Bulldogs within one goal. But her efforts play got the home team no closer to victory.
On the offensive end, Barton struggled to drum up chances to score, managing just three shots all game. One of those three shots, kicked by senior forward Rebekah Beal right in front of the net, nearly tied the game after it hit the crossbar, but narrowly missed.
With 32 shots, the Braves created many more chances to score, while UNCP goalie Gina Ryan preserved a clean slate on the opposite end of the field.
Barton will travel to Newberry on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.