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Junior Nikki Norlin held onto the lead, despite a spirited charge by Barton College teammate Sydney Turner, in the final round to win the Barton Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament Tuesday at Wilson Country Club.
Norlin fired a 5-over-par 77 to go with her 74 in Monday’s first round to finish three strokes ahead of University of Mount Olive’s Linn Andersson and Turner, who turned in Tuesday’s low score of 73 on the par-72, 5,903-yard layout at WCC.
With Shalie Williams joining Turner in knocking eight strokes off their score from Monday, Lady Bulldogs posted the low score for Tuesday’s round with a 313. However, it was not enough to overcome Mount Olive for the team title. The Trojans, who had three players in the top five, finished with a 311.
Belmont Abbey was third with 667, followed by Westminster (Utah) College with 670 and Chowan University with 796.
Bulldogs thumped by Braves, 21-4
Visiting UNC Pembroke produced its best offensive showing of the season Tuesday at Nixon Field, handing Barton its worst 2019 loss, 21-4.
The NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference Braves (11-11) pounded out 16 hits, including four home runs, off nine Barton pitchers and benefited from five Bulldogs errors.
UNCP scored four runs in each of the first two innings and hung up six runs in the fifth to take a 14-2 lead.
Starter Donovan Waitman (2-1) took the loss for Barton while Hank Simpson (2-0), the second of five Braves hurlers, got the win.
Jacob Marcos homered for the Div. II Conference Carolinas Bulldogs, who host Kutztown (Pennsylvania) University in another nonconference Wednesday at Nixon Field.
Bulldogs shot down by Embry-Riddle
Barton opened Tuesday’s match at Electrical Supply Company Field with four consecutive goals against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Florida) University. But the Eagles, who trailed 9-8 at halftime, scored 15 unanswered goals to post a 23-9 victory, sending the Bulldogs, playing their inaugural season, to their eighth loss in nine matches. Embry-Riddle, which scored a season high, improved to 8-2.
Jake Copio had three goals for Barton while Mason Cheney and Hunter Huxtall scored two each. Connor Bullock’s five goals led Embry-Riddle.
Barton hosts Lees-McRae for a Conference Carolinas match Saturday at 3:30 p.m.