by Benny Benton
MONROE, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team finds itself last among nine teams after round one of the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge Monday at Rolling Hills Country Club.
The Lady Bulldogs combined for a team score of 345 on the 5,922-yard, par-72 layout. Barton is 16 shots behind eighth-place Lincoln Memorial University at the midpoint of the 36-hole tournament.
Barton was paced by its Canadian freshmen in round one. Clare McMahon, from Red Deer, Alberta, led the Lady Bulldogs with a round of 82 and is tied for 21st in a 53-player field. Nikki Norlin, who is from Innisfail, Alberta, added an 85 and is tied for 38th.
The Lady Bulldogs also received an 84 from Spaniard Maria Garcia, who is tied for 35th. BC's final counting score was provided by sophomore Sydney Turner, who posted a 94 and sits in 50th place. Barton dropped the score of sophomore Kelsey Woodard, who shot a 100 in tying for 52nd.
Tusculum College holds the team lead after round one with a score of 317, four strokes ahead of host Wingate University and six shots in front of Young Harris College. Katie Tomassoni holds the individual lead after firing a 75 on Monday. She is one stroke ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne University's Abbey Hartsell.
Barton will begin play in Tuesday's second and final round just before 9 a.m.