Barton surges final round, finishes 4th at Newberry Invite

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — A yo-yo final day of the Newberry College Invitational on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island saw the Barton College men’s golf team, in its spring debut, stumble from fourth place to 10th in the completion of the suspended (darkness) second round, but rebound to an overall finish of fourth in Tuesday afternoon’s final round.

The Bulldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard fashioned rounds of 297-300-297 for their low four individuals for an 894 total — 37 strokes behind champion Columbus State.

Columbus State, nationally ranked 12th in NCAA Division II, prevailed at 288-282-287—857. Second was No. 24 University of South Carolina at Aiken at 289-286-290—865, with No. 9 Newberry third at 298-290-299—887.

Only higher-ranked teams finished ahead of the Bulldogs, who entered ranked No. 25.

Barton’s 9-over-par 297 was the third lowest score posted the final round — when the average for the 19 teams was 307.

Juniors Scott Pechacek and Justin Plane paced the Bulldogs the final 18 holes with rounds of 1-over 73 over the 6,642-yard course. Senior Derek Hamm carded a 75, while sophomore Dominic O’Brien shot 76 and Byrson Boyette, a freshman from Fike High, a 78.

In the suspended second round, Pechacek and Hamm each posted a 74. O’Brien and Boyette managed 76s, while Plane shot 80.

Pechacek finished tied for the 13th spot with a 221 total for 54 holes. Hamm deadlocked for 18th at 222; Plane claimed a share of 30th at 226; O’Brien tied for 42nd at 229; and Boyette salvaged a tie for 53rd at 231.

Champion Columbus State registered a one-two individual finish. Gideon Van Der Vyver shot 72-70-67—209, followed by Jordan Doull at 68-67-75—210.