Barton fires lowest final-round score en route to runner-up finish

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SNOW HILL — The Barton College men’s golf team could shave but three shots off North Greenville (South Carolina) University’s lead in Tuesday’s final round, but emerged with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Championship, a 54-hole event that concluded at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Greene County on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, again getting a balanced effort, posted the lowest final-round score of 301 for their low four individuals to finish at 292-299-301—892.

North Greenville came in at 304 to card the championship total of 288-291-304—883. The runner-up Bulldogs, seeded No. 5 among the eight entrants, finished eight shots ahead of third-place Limestone (South Carolina) College. Ranked No. 8 in Division II, the Saints came in at 294-297-309—900.

Completing the top five were Belmont Abbey, which surged two spots to fourth at 296-302-304—902, and first-round leader Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) University fifth at 285-313-309—907.

Barton was paced the final round by junior Scott Pechacek with a 1-over 73 and junior Justin Plane with a 74. Plane and Pechacek tied for sixth place and landed on the all-championship team with 221 totals.

Other Bulldogs scores Tuesday were freshman Bryson Boyette with a 76, senior Travis Broome with a 78 and senior Derek Hamm with an 81.

Boyette deadlocked for the No. 11 spot at 224, while Broome tied for 14th at 227. Hamm salvaged a share of 32nd at 236.

Southern Wesleyan’s Eric Shea, the first-round leader, overtook North Greenville’s Evan Gfeller and Seth Robertson for individual supremacy.

With a final-round 73, Shea fashioned a 1-under 215 for 54 holes. Gfeller and Robertson tied for second at 216. Gfeller shot a 75 and Robertson a 74 on Tuesday.

North Greenville claimed the conference’s automatic berth to the Southeast Regional.