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Just two days after winning the first tournament championship in program history, the Barton College women’s golf team finds itself in prime position to defend its home course with a commanding lead after the opening round of the Barton Intercollegiate, held at Wilson Country Club under miserable conditions Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs hold a mammoth 40-shot lead over second-place Chowan University in the abbreviated field after producing a 318 for their low four individuals. Chowan sits a distant second at 358, with Post (Connecticut) University seven shots back at 365.
Barton players occupy the top four positions on the individual leaderboard, with junior Kelsey Woodall’s 5-over 77 leading the way on the par-72, 5,903-yard layout. Junior Sydney Turner and sophomore Clare McMahon are tied for second at 80, with junior Maria Garcia in fourth with an 81.
Chowan’s Inecia Rolle is fifth with an 83 as Amber Thompson-Newton of Post is sixth in the 16-player field with an 84 to pace their respective teams.
On the men’s side, the Bulldogs, defending event champions, are two shots back of Conference Carolinas archrival University of Mount Olive entering the second of three rounds.
With freshman Bryson Boyette, a product of Fike High, leading the way, Barton produced a first-round score of 307. Cape Fear Community College is third at 311, followed by Post (315), Barton’s ‘B’ team (318), North Carolina Wesleyan (321), Averett (324), University of Sioux Falls (328), Mount Olive’s ‘B’ team (337) and William Peace University (347).
Boyette, situated in a four-way tie for second, is chasing leader J.J. Cooney of Sioux Falls. Cooney fired a 1-over 73 on Monday on the par-72, 6,851-yard men’s layout.
Boyette is followed on the Barton scorecards by junior Justin Plane, junior Scott Pechacek and senior Derek Hamm. Plane sits in a tie for sixth at 75, with Pechaceck tied for 11th with his 77. Hamm is tied for 25th in the 57-player field with an 81.
Three members of Barton’s ‘B’ team — senior Travis Broome (77), junior Logan Zimarino (78) and freshman Owen Dick (78) — are all situated inside the individual top 13. Freshman Justin Poole is tied for 21st with an 80.
Weather permitting, the second round begins at 8 a.m. with the final round to follow.