Barton remains fifth following final round of women’s Cutter Creek Invitational

Junior Maria Garcia hits a tee shot during Tuesday's final round of the Cutter Creek Invitational at Cutter Creek Golf Club. Garcia fired a team-low score of 80. | Photo by Benny Benton
Junior Maria Garcia hits a tee shot during Tuesday's final round of the Cutter Creek Invitational at Cutter Creek Golf Club. Garcia fired a team-low score of 80. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

SNOW HILL, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team held to fifth place among the eight teams competing in the Cutter Creek Invitational on Tuesday with a final-round 334 at Cutter Creek Golf Club.

The team score was one stroke better than Monday's opening effort, but the Lady Bulldogs fell five more shots behind fourth-place Southern Wesleyan University.

BC finished the two-day event with a team score of 669 (335-334), 15 strokes behind the Warriors. Barton was well in front of sixth-place Chowan, who came in at 701.

Junior Maria Garcia led the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, carding a round of 80. The resident of Alcobendas, Spain, finished the tournament tied for 18th place overall at 162.

Sophomore Nikki Norlin fired a final round of 82, and completed the event tied for 25th in the 44-player field at 168.

Junior Kelsey Woodall added an 84 to her opening-round 86 and placed 29th overall at 170. She was one place and one shot better than junior Sydney Turner, who posted a 171 (81-90). Freshman Jailynn Thomas provided Tuesday's final counting score with an 88, and placed 37th overall at 178.

Limestone College dominated the field, carding rounds of 299 and 293 for a 592 and a 19-shot victory over second-place University of Mount Olive. Belmont Abbey College was well back in third at 643. The tournament win was Limestone's first since the 2015-16 Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Hailey Cleary fired a career-low round of 69 on Tuesday to pull away from a pair of Limestone teammates and claim individual medalist honors. She posted a two-day total of 142, six shots better than teammate Victoria Ross

Barton will return to action at the end of September when it competes in the Battle at Old South in Bluffton, S.C.