by Benny Benton
SNOW HILL, N.C. – Barton College is in ninth place following the opening round of the 2017 Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Tournament, which began play Sunday at Cutter Creek Golf Club.
The Lady Bulldogs carded a team round of 337 under damp, cool and breezy conditions. Barton leads 10th place North Greenville University by five shots and trails eighth-place Chowan University by five heading into Monday's scheduled second round.
Sydney Turner and Maria Garcia both carded rounds of 11-over par 83 to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs. The sophomores are tied for 31st position in a 53-player field. Sophomore Kelsey Woodall added an 84 and is tied for 40th, while freshmen Lexie Johnston and Nikki Norlin recorded rounds of 85 and 93, respectively. Johnston is tied for 42nd place and Norlin is tied for 49th.
King University, ranked 42nd nationally by Golfstat, and University of Mount Olive are tied for the top spot at 304, one stroke ahead of No. 31 Limestone College.
Kaitlyn Gribbon of Belmont Abbey College, the only player in the field to break par on Sunday with a 71, holds a one-shot advantage over Nicola Robertson of King. Mount Olive's Matilda Wahren is another stroke back in third place.
Round two is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, with the final round slated for Tuesday, weather permitting.