by Benny Benton
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – Barton College junior Sydney Turner fired a career-low round of 75 Tuesday on the final day of the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, which was played on the Panther's Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation.
The round was two strokes better than her previous collegiate best, which ironically came in the second round of the same tournament played almost exactly one year ago on the Lion's Paw course.
The Montgomery, Ala., resident collected a pair of birdies during the round, which included an even-par 36 over the final nine holes.
Turner's play helped Barton record the 10th best round of the day in the 17-team event, and pulled the Lady Bulldogs into a tie for 12th place overall after starting the day in 13th. Barton made up six strokes in catching Newberry College at 650.
Junior Kelsey Woodall contributed an 81 on Tuesday, while sophomore Clare McMahon and junior Maria Garcia both posted rounds of 82. Sophomore Nikki Norlin produced a round of 88 that was dropped from the team total. Jailynn Thomas, competing as an individual, recorded a round of 97.
Turner finished the 36-hole tournament tied for 23rd place in the 87-player field at 157 (82-75). Garcia tied for 40th position at 161 (79-82), McMahon tied for 52nd at 165 (83-82), Woodall tied for 59th at 167 (86-81), Norlin tied for 73rd at 174 (86-88) and Thomas placed 81st at 184 (87-97).
Wingate University won the event by a single stroke over fellow South Atlantic Conference members Lenior-Rhyne University and Tusculum College, 611 to 612.
Barton was the third among five Conference Carolinas programs competing in the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs trailed University of Mount Olive (9th) and Belmont Abbey (10th), but placed ahead of Southern Wesleyan University (15th) and Chowan University (16th).
Diana McDonald of Wingate defeated Abbey Hartsell of Lenoir-Rhyne in a playoff to claim individual medalist honors. Both golfers finished regulation play at 147.
Barton will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule next week when it takes part in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational, which will be hosted by Catawba College at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C.