by Benny Benton
BLUFFTON, S.C. – One day after recording the best single round in program history, Barton College sophomore Clare McMahon added to the women's golf records Sunday by turning in the top 36-hole score while completing a top-10 finish in the Battle at Old South.
The Red Deer, Canada, resident followed Saturday's historic 71 with a 76 on the 5,874-yard, par-72 Old South Golf Links layout. The two-day total of 147 was two strokes better than Barton's previous 36-hole record of 149, set by Brittany Zine during the 2013-14 season.
McMahon earned a tie for ninth place in a 95-player field with her 147, the first top-10 by a Barton player since Sydney Turner also tied for ninth at the 30-player Etowah Intercollegiate almost exactly one year ago.
As a team, Barton placed 16th in the field of 18 talented programs. The Lady Bulldogs started the day tied for 15th after an opening 317, but slipped back a spot after a 332 on Sunday.
Maria Garcia followed up Saturday's 78 with a final-round 84 to end the event at 162, which tied for 68th position. Kelsey Woodall added an 85 to her first-round 81 and finished at 166, which tied for 78th. Nikki Norlin posted her second straight 87 to place 90th at 174, and Jailynn Thomas added an 89 to her first-round 93 to finish in 93rd place at 182.
Savannah College of Art and Design captured the team crown by eight strokes over St. Leo University with a score of 582 (292-290). Amanda Jakobsson of St. Leo won individual medalist honors at 140 after firing a final-round 68.
The tournament was the second of four fall events for the Lady Bulldogs. Barton will return to action on October 2 and 3 when it competes in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, which will be played on the Panther's Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.