by Benny Benton
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – Junior Maria Garcia fired an opening-round 79 to pace the Barton College women's golf team Monday in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, which was played on the Panther's Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation.
The Alcobendas, Spain, resident posted her second-lowest score of the season with the performance, which included a 1-1-over par 37 her opening nine holes. Garcia is tied for 27th place in a field of 86 golfers.
Junior Sydney Turner added an 82 and is tied for 49th, while Clare McMahon contributed an 83 and is tied for 54th. Sophomore Nikki Norlin and junior Kelsey Woodall both carded an 86 for the Lady Bulldogs and are tied for 64th.
Competing as an individual, freshman Jailynn Thomas recorded the lowest round of her young collegiate career, an 87, and is tied for 70th.
As a team, Barton is in 13th place out of 17 squads with a total score of 330. The Lady Bulldogs trail 11th place Newberry College by six shots and 12th place Coker College by just two at the midpoint of the tournament. Catawba College is two strokes behind BC in 14th.
The final round of the tournament will be played Tuesday. Barton will begin play at 9:10 a.m. off the 10th tee.