by Benny Benton
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – Despite a career-low round of 77 from sophomore Sydney Turner, the Barton College women's golf team fell from 10th place into a tie for 12th in Tuesday's final round of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate.
The Lady Bulldogs combined for a total of 338 on the Lion's Paw course at Ocean Ridge Plantation, which was 11 shots higher than Monday's opening round. As a result, Barton was passed by fellow Conference Carolinas members University of Mount Olive and Emmanuel College, who tied for 10th, and was caught by Belmont Abbey College, which started the day for shots back.
Turner, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., collected an 85 in round one, but bounced back in a big way Tuesday by producing her best score as a Lady Bulldog. It marked the second straight tournament in which she closed with a career round.
The two-day total of 162 by Turner left her in a tie for 45th in a 90-player field. Joining her there was sophomore teammate Maria Garcia, who produced an 84 Tuesday on the 5,916-yard layout after an opening-day 78.
Sophomore Kelsey Woodall, who carded her career-low round of 81 on Monday, added an 88 on day two to total 169, which tied for 69th place. Freshman Lexie Johnston, whose 92 in round one was dropped, provided the final counting score on Tuesday with an 89. Freshman Nikki Norlin, who posted an 83 on day one, slipped to a 92 that was dropped in round two. Norlin tied for 74th overall at 175, while Johnston finished in the 81st spot at 181.
Despite leaving the door open with a final-round 309, the University of West Georgia held on to first place in the 16-team field with a two-day total of 608. Lenoir-Rhyne University gained three strokes on the Wolves Tuesday but still found itself six shots back in second place. Wingate University had the low round of the day, a 303, and moved into third place, one shot ahead of UNC Pembroke.
Ashlii Thompson did claim the individual title for UNCP, firing a final-round 71 to post a two-day total of 145 and win by one shot over Franziska Bremm of West Georgia. First-round leader Maria Torres of UWG, who opened with a 70, slipped to fifth after a 79 on Tuesday.
Barton will complete the fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule next week by taking part in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational, which will be hosted by Catawba College Monday and Tuesday at Salisbury Country Club in Salisbury, N.C.