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SNOW HILL — The Barton College men’s golf team moved into second place following Monday’s second round of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships, but the Bulldogs will have some work to do to topple the leader and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Austin Schone fired a team-low 70 to pace the Bulldogs and move into third place on the individual leaderboard entering Tuesday’s final day of play at Cutter Creek Golf Club.
Schone fired a 1-under 70 on the course as the Bulldogs posted the second-lowest score of the day with a 298 for their low four individuals. With a 292-298—590, the Bulldogs are 12 shots back of leader North Greenville University at 290-288—578.
King (287-308—595), Limestone (293-303—596) and Erskine (293-310—603) round out the top five.
Among Barton individuals, Schone is four strokes back of the North Greenville tandem of Austin Duncan and Seth Robertson. Both are tied for the individual lead at 5-under entering the final round.
Senior Justin Plane and sophomore Fike High product Bryson Boyette are each tied for ninth individually. Plane has matching 74s for his first two rounds, while Boyette backslid to a 71-77—148 after entering the second round tied for second.
Scott Pechacek, a senior, was Barton’s fourth and final counting score Monday at 74-77—151 to tie for 16th. Sophomore Justin Poole shot a 79-81—160.
Bulldogs blank Lees-McRae 7-0
Sophomores Diego Agudelo and Oscar Marmestedt and junior Rory Gaydon each triumphed in singles and doubles as the Barton College men’s tennis team completed the home portion of its 2019 schedule with a 7-0 conquest of NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae on the Greenfield School courts Monday.
Marmestedt, at No. 3 singles, survived the toughest test, rallying past the Bobcats’ Fitzgerald Lomp 4-6, 7-5, (10-5),
In doubles, Gaydon teamed with sophomore Hugh Ryder for their sixth consecutive win by a 6-3 count.
The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 in the conference and to 11-8 overall. Lees-McRae dropped to 1-7 and 6-17, respectively.
Barton ends the regular season in Gaffney, South Carolina, on Friday with an 11 a.m. conference test against Limestone.
Lady Bulldogs impressive in home finale
The Barton College women’s tennis team wrapped up its home schedule impressively, notching a 7-0 victory against Lees-McRae on the Greenfield School courts Monday.
The Lady Bulldogs boosted their NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas record to 6-3 and overall showing to 13-7. Lees-McRae fell to 4-6 and 12-12, respectively. Barton continues conference play in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Thursday at 3 p.m. against Converse College.
Against Lees-McRae, Barton junior Marissa Stevenson, senior Vanessa Sanoja, sophomore Claudia Capellades and freshman Isabella Caballero all prevailed in singles and doubles tests.
At No. 3 doubles, Capellades-Caballero ruled 6-2 for its 10th consecutive win. Stevenson-Sanoja own four straight victories at No. 2.