McMahon fires lowest round in team history, tied for second in Battle at Old South

Sophomore Clare McMahon attempts a putt on the 18th hole at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, S.C. on Saturday while completing a school-record round of 71. | Photo by Ashley Leonard
Sophomore Clare McMahon attempts a putt on the 18th hole at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, S.C. on Saturday while completing a school-record round of 71. | Photo by Ashley Leonard

by Benny Benton

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Sophomore Clare McMahon fired the lowest round in the seven-year history of the Barton College women's golf program on Saturday at Old South Golf Links, a 1-under par 71, and is tied for second place in the Battle at Old South.

McMahon, whose career-best with the Lady Bulldogs had been a 79, was one of just four players in the field of 95 to break par on the 5,874-yard, par-72 layout. The resident of Red Deer, Canada, is just one stroke off the lead held by Corinne Grans-Wood of Savannah College of Art and Design.

Her round was two strokes better than the previous Barton record of 73 shared by Brittney Zine and Sarah Murray.

Junior teammate Maria Garcia also produced one of her better rounds, a 78, as did junior Kelsey Woodall, an 81. Sophomore Nikki Norlin chipped in an 87 and freshman Jailynn Thomas posted a 93.

Barton's team score of 317 was just three off the school record set last spring, but it still netted the Lady Bulldogs just a tie for 15th place in an extremely deep field of 18 talented programs.

The Lady Bulldogs are within three strokes of four other teams and eight shots out of the top 10.

SCAD leads the tourney with a score of 292. St. Leo University is second at 294, followed by Lee University at 297.

The final round will be played Sunday. Barton will begin off the 10th tee starting at 8 a.m..