by Benny Benton
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – The Barton College men's golf team jumped three spots into seventh place after carding a team score of 301 in the final round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational Tuesday on the Lion's Paw course at Ocean Ridge Plantation.
Barton's 301 total tied for the seventh-best round of the day among the 18 teams, and helped the Bulldogs climb past Walters State Community College, Anderson University and Emmanuel College in the final standings with a two-day score of 604.
Freshman Bryson Boyette paced the Bulldogs, producing two birdies and a bogey in a round of 1-under 71. The Wilson, N.C., resident was one of just eight players in the 99-player field to break par on the day. Junior Logan Zimarino added a 74, matching a career-low set last season in the Barton Invitational at Northgreen.
Barton also received a 76 from junior Justin Plane, and 80s from senior Travis Broome and junior Scott Pechacek. Freshman Owen Dick, competing as an individual, recorded a 75 for the third time in four rounds this season.
Broome, who started the round in the top 10 after an opening-round 72, got off track after a triple bogey 7 and a double-bogey 6 on his fifth and sixth holes of the day, respectively. However, he did bounce back with a 1-over 37 over his final nine holes. As a team, BC closed well, as all six players broke 40 for the last nine holes.
Boyette finished in a tie for 14th for the tournament (76-71), his second top-15 in three career starts for the Bulldogs. Zimarino tied for 26th at 150 (76-74), and Broome placed 37th at 152 (72-80). Dick tied for 42nd at 154 (79-75), Plane tied for 47th at 155 (79-76) and Pechacek tied for 67th at 160 (80-80).
The Limestone College "B" team won the event by three strokes over preseason No. 21 Lincoln Memorial University, 578 to 581.
Coker College junior Wanjoo Lee took individual medalist honors with a two-day score of 140 (71-69). Lee edged Limestone's Max Kalfjall by two shots.
Barton will return to action on October 9 when it competes in the South/Southeast Regional Preview at Rock Barn Resort and Spa in Conover, N.C. A stellar field is expected for the tournament, which will provide teams with an early look at the course on which the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional will be held next May.