Barton women’s golf team slides to 14th in final round of Barton Invitational at Kiawah

Archived photo of junior Kelsey Woodall, who posted an 85 to lead the Lady Bulldogs in Sunday's final round of the Barton Invitational at Kiawah. | Photo by Benny Benton
Archived photo of junior Kelsey Woodall, who posted an 85 to lead the Lady Bulldogs in Sunday's final round of the Barton Invitational at Kiawah. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The Barton College women's golf team slipped from an 11th-place tie to 14th place on Sunday after carding a final-round 347 in the Barton Invitational at Kiawah.

The team total was six shots higher than Saturday's opening round on the Oak Point course at Kiawah Island Resort. Converse College, the team with which Barton was tied entering the day, was one stroke better, and two teams behind BC at the beginning of the round, Queens University and Catawba College, passed both teams with significantly improved scores (321 and 331, respectively).

Junior Kelsey Woodall provided Barton's low score of the day, an 85. The Chester, Md., resident was followed by junior Sydney Turner and sophomore Clare McMahon with 86s, junior Maria Garcia with a 90, and freshman Jailynn Thomas with a 93.

For the tournament, Turner led the Lady Bulldogs, tying for 52nd place with a two-round total of 170 (84-86). Woodall was one shot back at 171 in a tie for 55th after rounds of 86 and 85. Garcia placed 58th in the field of 80 with a two-day score of 172 (82-90). McMahon tied for 64th at 175 (89-86), and Thomas finished 76th at 187 (94-93).  

Nationally-ranked No. 13 Florida Southern College edged No. 14 Wingate University by three strokes in the final round, 306 to 309, to break a first-round tie and claim the team title. The Moccasins placed four players inside the tourney's top 10 to earn the win, their third straight victory this season.

UNC Pembroke's Madison Corley, the only player to break par on Saturday after a 70, slipped to a 78 on Sunday and wound up in a tie with Lincoln Memorial University's Dominika Czudkova, who carded a stellar 68 in round two. However, Corley won the first hole of sudden death to survive and claim individual medalist honors.

Barton will return to action on February 26 and 27 when it visits Fleming Island, Fla., for the LMU Women's Spring Invitational.