by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's golf team is tied for second place in its own tournament, the Barton Intercollegiate sponsored by Greenlight, following the opening round of play on a miserable weather day at Wilson Country Club.
Competing in cold, breezy conditions that included sleet near the end of the round, the Barton "A" team carded a combined round of 307 on the par-72 layout. The Bulldogs are two strokes behind the "A" team from rival University of Mount Olive at the midpoint of the 36-hole tournament. Cape Fear Community College is four shots back of BC in the 10-team field at 311.
Freshman Bryson Boyette, a Wilson native, led the Bulldogs and tied for second in the field of 57 with a score of 2-over 74. He joined Patrick Schweitz of UMO, Parker Chavis of Cape Fear and Andy Green of Johnston Community College at that total, one stroke behind first-round leader J.J. Cooney of University of Sioux Falls.
Junior Justin Plane tied for sixth with a 75 and junior Scott Pechacek tied for 11th with 77 for BC. Senior Derek Hamm and sophomore Dominic O'Brien rounded out the "A" team scoring, tying for 25th with an 81.
Barton's "B" team placed fifth, led by senior Travis Broome's 77. Logan Zimarino shot a 78 to tie for 13th, Justin Poole carded an 80 to tie for 21st, Brandon Munford posted an 83 to tie for 32nd, and Austin Schone recorded an 88 to tie for 45th.
Tuesday's final round has been tentatively backed up to an 11 a.m. shotgun start.