by Benny Benton
ETOWAH, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team found itself in fourth place among five teams Monday after day one of the Etowah Intercollegiate, which is being contested on the edge of the North Carolina mountains at Etowah Valley Golf Club.
The Lady Bulldogs posted a team score of 334, which was 11 shots behind third-place Belmont Abbey College but 36 ahead of fifth-place Christian Brothers University. Tusculum College leads the event with a total of 311, and King University is a distant second at 322.
Freshman Nikki Norlin led the way for the Royal Blue and White with a round of 82 that tied for 10th place in a 30-player field. She was trailed closely by sophomore Sydney Turner, who carded an 83 to tie for 12th. Sophomore Maria Garcia stood alone in 16th place after an 84, and sophomore Kelsey Woodall ranked 17th following an 85. Barton dropped the score of freshman Lexie Johnston, who was 22nd after recording an 89.
Tusculum teammates Ciara Rattana and Katie Tomassoni shared the individual lead at the midpoint of the tournament with matching scores of 4-over par 76.
The event will conclude with a second round on Tuesday.