Women’s golf team finishes fourth at Etowah; Turner matches career-low to earn top-10

Sophomore Sydney Turner attempts a birdie putt on the 16th hole at Etowah Valley Golf Club Tuesday during the final round of the Etowah Intercollegiate women's golf tournament. | Photo by Ashley Leonard
Sophomore Sydney Turner attempts a birdie putt on the 16th hole at Etowah Valley Golf Club Tuesday during the final round of the Etowah Intercollegiate women's golf tournament. | Photo by Ashley Leonard

by Benny Benton

ETOWAH, N.C. – Barton College sophomore Sydney Turner matched both her career-low round and finish on Tuesday in leading the Lady Bulldogs to a fourth-place showing at the Etowah Intercollegiate, which was hosted by Brevard College at Etowah Valley Golf Club.

Turner, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., carded the seventh-best round of the day in the field of 30 with a 79, which matched her career-best round set last year in the Battle at the Beach. Coupled with an 83 on Monday, the two-day total of 162 earned her a tie for ninth place, which also matched a career-best. She previously tied for ninth last spring in the Barton Intercollegiate.

Sophomore Maria Garcia improved upon her first-round score by three strokes Tuesday with an 81, and her two-day total of 165 earned 13th place. BC's third sophomore in the lineup, Kelsey Woodall, posted a career-best round of 82 and advanced into a tie for 15th overall at 167.

Finishing in-between those two in the standings was freshman teammate Nikki Norlin, who placed 14th at 166 after a final-round 84. Fellow freshman Lexie Johnston also posted an 84 in the final round and tied for 21st overall at 173.

As a group, Barton recorded a team score of 326, eight shots better than its first-round effort. However, the Lady Bulldogs started the day 11 shots behind third-place Belmont Abbey College and only managed to make up three of those strokes on Tuesday.

Tusculum College produced consistent rounds of 311 and 312 to easily take first place with a total of 623. King University matched the Pioneers in round two with a 312, but finished a distant second for the tournament with a two-day score of 634. Belmont Abbey placed third at 652, followed by Barton at 660 and Christian Brothers University at 735.

Tusculum's Katie Tomassoni claimed individual medalist honors with a two-day score of 151 (76-75). She won by one stroke over Fiona Hebbel of King University (77-75).

Barton will have a week off before completing the fall portion of its schedule with back-to-back tournaments, beginning with the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on October 3-4 at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.