Barton women’s golf team claims first title in program history; Turner is medalist

Women's golf team members (l-r) Nikki Norlin, Kelsey Woodall, Sydney Turner, Jailynn Thomas and Clare McMahon stand with the championship plaque after winning the team title in the Battle at the Beach on Saturday. | Photo by Ashley Leonard
Women's golf team members (l-r) Nikki Norlin, Kelsey Woodall, Sydney Turner, Jailynn Thomas and Clare McMahon stand with the championship plaque after winning the team title in the Battle at the Beach on Saturday. | Photo by Ashley Leonard

by Benny Benton

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Barton College women's golf team claimed the first tournament title in program history on Saturday after completing a dominant victory in the Battle at the Beach.

The Lady Bulldogs carded a 327 on the par-72, 5951-yard Pine Hills layout at Myrtlewood Golf Club for a two-day total of 660, a whopping 52 shots better than second-place Alderson Broaddus University.

Barton junior Sydney Turner fired a final-round 77 to break away from teammate Clare McMahon and take medalist honors with a two-day total of 158. Turner is the first BC women's golfer to win an individual event title since Brittney Zine during the 2012-13 season.

McMahon posted an 82 on Saturday and took second place at 163, three shots ahead of Urbana University's Jennifer Mitchell. BC junior Kelsey Woodall turned in the second-best score of the day, a 79, to finish fourth at 168. The round was just one stroke off her career-low. They joined fifth-place Joslyn Goins of Ohio Valley University (171) in making up the all-tournament team.

Sophomore Nikki Norlin missed joining the group by one spot, tying for sixth after a two-day total of 174 (85-89). Freshman Jailynn Thomas rounded out the Barton lineup, placing 13th in the 33-player field at 182 (86-96).

In the team competition, Ohio Valley finished third behind Alderson-Broaddus at 736. Urbana was a distant fourth at 804, followed by UVa-Wise at 828. Fairmont State University rounded out the six-team field at 863.

Barton will seek to carry the momentum of its victory into the Barton Intercollegiate sponsored by Greenlight, which is scheduled to be played Monday and Tuesday at Wilson Country Club.