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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Led by top-10 finishes from senior Justin Plane and sophomore Bryson Boyette, the Barton College men’s golf team registered a fourth-place finish in a field of 19 in the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate that concluded Tuesday.
The Bulldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard posted rounds of 302-294-302 for a 34-over-par 898 total that left them seven shots behind champion Queens University of Charlotte.
Queens prevailed at 299-293-299—891, followed by host Lincoln Memorial University at 295-305-292—892 and Carson-Newman at 299-300-296—895.
Plane wound up sixth individually, carding 18-hole rounds of 72-71-76 for a 3-over-par 219 total.
Boyette, a product of Fike High and last season’s NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, shared the ninth spot at 5-over 221, He posted rounds of 74-73-74.
The Bulldogs got a 78-76-74—228 from sophomore Justin Poole; a 77-74-78—220 from senior Scott Pechacek; and an 80-79-80—239 from sophomore Owen Dick.
Competing unattached, Barton junior Nikolaj Dahl shot 78-79-79—236.
Poole tied for the 24th spot, with Pechacek deadlocked for 29th, Dahl tied for 54th and Dick tied for 69th.
Coker (South Carolina) College’s Wanjoo Lee seized the individual championship at 3-under 213. Queens’ Jonathan Noble emerged the runner-up at 215, while Flagler’s Juan Iturra claimed third at 217.
Barton led a contingent of four Conference Carolinas teams. North Greenville (South Carolina) University tied for 10th; Belmont Abbey wound up 12th and Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) College placed 13th.
Lady Bulldogs escape last place
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Boosted by a 20-shot improvement the final round, the Barton College women’s golf team escaped last place in this week’s Women’s Spring Kick-Off Intercollegiate.
The Lady Bulldogs fired a 316 the final round. Their opening 336 left them in last place in the 12-team field. However, Barton’s 652 total vaulted it into the 11th spot, 18 shots ahead of fellow NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas member Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) College at 335-335—670.
Lynn University ruled at 298-296—594, followed by Carson-Newman at 305-309—614 and host Lincoln Memorial at 310-304—614.
Leading Barton the final round was senior Kelsey Woodall with a 37-39—76, 4-over-par.
The Lady Bulldogs also counted a 39-39—78 from freshman Shalie Williams and 81s from junior Nikki Norlin (40-41) and senior Sydney Turner (39-42).
Junior Clare McMahon struggled to an 40-45—85, while sophomore Jailynn Thomas, competing unattached, shot 42-41—83.
In the opening round, McMahon shot 83, Woodall 84, Norlin 84, Turner 84, Williams 86 and Thomas 88.
Woodall emerged the top Barton finisher at 160, 16-over-par, followed by Williams at 164, Norlin 165, Turner 165, McMahon 168 and Thomas 171.
Bulldogs end break with sweep of Coker
HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Barton ended a 10-day break with a sweep of nonconference host Coker on Tuesday evening, the seventh win in 10 outings for the Bulldogs.
Leading the way in the 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 win for Barton were freshman outside hitter Adrian Iglesias and sophomore middle blocker Dmitrios Kyridis with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Kyridis hit .833 for the match as the Bulldog connected at a .500 clip.
Junior setter Oscar Fiorentino handed out 38 assists for Barton, which returns to Conference Carolinas play Friday at King in Bristol, Tennessee.
Wynn earns national player of the week
A day after being named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for the third time this season, Barton senior Kianna Wynn was saluted Tuesday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as its NCAA Division II Player of the Week, a first for Wynn. She averaged 29.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 71.1 percent in the Lady Bulldogs’ two league wins last week.
Shimmel picks up weekly pitching honor
Junior Colby Shimmel, a first-year pitcher at Barton, was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. The transfer from Hagerstown Community College (Maryland) fired a three-hit shutout Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 victory over Nyack in Barton’s home opener.