by Benny Benton
MONROE, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team remained in ninth place at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge on Tuesday after matching Monday's opening round score of 345.
With their two-day total of 690, the Lady Bulldogs finished 30 strokes behind eighth-place Lincoln Memorial University in the event at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Freshman Clare McMahon, a resident of Red Deer, Canada, led Barton for the second straight day, carding an 83 in round two after an opening-day 82. Her tournament total of 165 matched her 36-hole career-low and earned her a career-best finish of 24th in the field of 53.
Sophomore Maria Garcia fired an 84 for the second day in a row and tied for 32nd place at 168. Sophomore Sydney Turner shot an 87 on Tuesday after an opening-round 94 to place 46th at 181. She finished the event two spots behind freshman teammate Nikki Norlin, who stood 44th at 176 following rounds of 85 and 91. Rounding out the scoring for Barton was sophomore Kelsey Woodall, who posted rounds of 100 and 92 to finish 51st at 192.
Host Wingate University rallied in round two to surpass opening-day leader Tusculum College and claim the team crown with a score of 638 (321-317). Tusculum, which started the day with a four-stroke lead after a 317 in round one, struggled to a 330 in round two and wound up tied for third. The Pioneers were also passed by Queens University, which came in second at 641 after matching Wingate's final round of 317.
Christie Blaurock of Young Harris College captured individual medalist honors after firing rounds of 78 and 76 (154) to force a playoff with first-round leader Katie Tomassoni of Tusculum (75-79), then defeating Tomassoni on the first hole of sudden death.
Barton will return to action next week in the Sonoco Campbell Oil Classic at River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C.