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SNOW HILL — The 5,864-yard Cutter Creek Golf Club layout posed a difficult test for female golfers during Tuesday’s second round of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.
Members of the Barton College team were not spared in dealing with the wrath of the demanding layout and windy conditions.
After firing a program-record 310 for their low four individuals in Sunday’s opening round, the Lady Bulldogs sputtered to a 324 and dropped one position to third place in the 10-team field heading into Tuesday’s final round.
With a 634 total for 36 holes, Barton trails pacesetting Limestone (South Carolina) College, the pre-tournament favorite, by 26 shots with 18 holes remaining. The Lady Saints stand out front at 303-305—608, followed by Erskine (South Carolina) College at 313-318—631 and Barton.
Completing the top five are North Greenville (South Carolina) University at 317-319—636 and University of Mount Olive at 321-329—650. Limestone posted Monday’s low round of 305.
Especially faring tough for Barton on Monday was junior Sydney Turner. Turner struggled to a 92 after entering the round deadlocked for second place after Sunday’s 75.
The Lady Bulldogs were led Monday by sophomore Clare McMahon with a 77. Junior Kelsey Woodall shot 80 for the second straight day, while junior Maria Garcia came in with an 84. Sophomore Nikki Norlin followed Sunday’s 84 with an 83.
McMahon is among four players tied for fourth at 78-77—155. Woodall stands 16th in the 50-player field at 160, followed by Garcia, tied for 17th at 77-84—161. Deadlocked for 28th at 167 are Turner and Norlin.
Limestone’s Victoria Ross retained the individual leader with a 75, but her cushion dwindled from five shots to three. Second at 75-73—148 is North Greenville’s Savannah Hallman, with Limestone’s Eleanor Skong third at 76-74—150. Hallman carded Monday’s low round of 1-over 73.