by Benny Benton
SNOW HILL, N.C. – Barton College completed its 2016-17 season on a high note, posting the best round in program history Tuesday during the Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Tournament at Cutter Creek Golf Club.
Sophomores Maria Garcia and Sydney Turner both fired rounds of 77 on the 5,894-yard, par-72 layout to lead the Lady Bulldogs in their historic round of 314. Sophomore Kelsey Woodall gave BC a third round in the 70s with a 79, and freshman Nikki Norlin narrowly missed joining the group there after carding an 81. Freshman Lexie Johnston completed Barton's lineup with an 85.
It was the second time this season that Barton had produced a record round at Cutter Creek. It opened the year the same way, recording a score of 316 in the second round of the Cutter Creek Invitational.
The 314 turned in on Tuesday tied for fifth-best among the 10 teams competing for the league title. However, the Lady Bulldogs started the day too far back after an opening-round 337, and climbed just one spot from ninth to eighth in the final standings at 651.
Turner and Garcia tied for 25th place overall with two-round totals of 160. Woodall tied for 32nd place in the 53-player field at 164, with Johnston placing 43rd at 171 and Norlin tying for 44th at 174.
Nicola Robertson of King University and Meghan Holbrooks of Pfeiffer University tried to complete a sudden-death playoff in the rain to settle the individual title, but on the fourth playoff hole the green became unplayable and a tie was declared. The two players shared medalist honors after leading the event with two-round totals of even-par 144.
Robertson was joined by teammate Samantha Taylor, a member of the all-tournament team, in leading the Tornado to the league crown with a two-day score of 606. King, ranked No. 42 nationally by Golfstat, edged No. 31 Limestone College, which carded a 609.
The tournament, which was hosted by Barton, was originally slated to be contested over 54 holes, but heavy rains forced a suspension of play on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and a cancellation of round three.