by Benny Benton
SNOW HILL, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team stands fifth out of eight teams following the opening round of the Cutter Creek Invitational Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs, hosts for the two-day season-opening tournament at Cutter Creek Golf Club, carded a combined round of 335 on the 5,802-yard, par-72 layout. Barton trails fourth-place Southern Wesleyan University by 10 strokes and holds a 17-shot cushion on sixth-place Chowan University.
University of Mount Olive's Linn Bergman holds the individual lead at the midpoint of the tournament after carding an even-par round of 72. Three Limestone College players – Hailey Cleary, Victoria Ross and Pilar Martinez – all posted 73s to tie for second place.
Limestone leads the team scoring at 299, two strokes ahead of UMO. Belmont Abbey is a distant third at 322.
Barton will begin its final round Tuesday at 8:40 a.m.