McMahon-led Lady Bulldogs place 3rd

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SNOW HILL — Paced by a top-five finish from sophomore Clare McMahon, the Barton College women’s golf team settled for a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Championship that concluded Tuesday at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Greene County.

The Lady Bullldogs of head coach Ashley Leonard posted a 331 total for their low four individuals the final 18 holes and wound up at 310-324-331—965, 47 shots behind 2018 champion Limestone (South Carolina) College, the pre-tournament favorite.

According to preseason projections, Barton overachieved with its third-place finish. Leonard’s squad was tabbed to tie for 7th place in the 10-team conference. The finish was the highest ever for the Lady Bulldogs in Conference Carolinas.

McMahon posted a final-round 80 over the par 72, 5,584-yard Cutter Creek layout to deadlock for fifth place in the 50-player field. McMahon started the day deadlocked for fourth. She finished at 78-77-80—235. Her top-five finish landed her a spot on the all-championship team.

Junior Kelsey Woodall carded an 81 the final day and placed 13th at 80-80-81—241.

Other Barton scores Tuesday were an 88 from junior Maria Garcia, an 84 from junior Sydney Turner and an 86 from sophomore Nikki Norlin.

Garcia finished tied for 25th with a 54-hole total of 249. Turner, tied for second after the opening round, wound up 29th at 251, while Norlin shared the No. 31 spot at 253.

Limestone’s team, No. 27-ranked in Division II, prevailed by 39 strokes at 303-305-310—918. The Lady Saints seized their fourth championship in the last five years.Second was Erskine (South Carolina) College at 313-318-326—957.

The Lady Bulldogs were followed by North Greenville (South Carolina) University at 968 and Belmont Abbey at 970 in completing the top five. North Greenville shot 332 the final round, while Belmont Abbey posted the second-lowest score of 313.

Despite a final-round 79, Limestone’s Victoria Ross seized the individual championship, winning by two shots at 70-75-79—224. Teammate Eleanor Skong placed second at 76-74-76—226. The 4-over 76 was Tuesday’s low round.