Barton women’s golf team in fifth place after opening round of Cutter Creek Invitational

Junior Sydney Turner hits her tee shot on the 18th hole at Cutter Creek Golf Club Monday during the first round of the Cutter Creek Invitational. | Photo by Benny Benton
Junior Sydney Turner hits her tee shot on the 18th hole at Cutter Creek Golf Club Monday during the first round of the Cutter Creek Invitational. | Photo by Benny Benton

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.

Junior Sydney Turner paced BC in round one, firing a round of 81 to tie for 18th in a 44-player field. Fellow junior Maria Garcia followed closely behind, posting an 82 to tie for 21st place.

The team's third junior, Kelsey Woodall joined sophomore Nikki Norlin in shooting 86 to tie for 31st place. Freshman Jailynn Thomas rounded out the scoring, recording a 90 in her collegiate debut.

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.