by Benny Benton
GOLDSBORO, N.C. – After carding a disappointing 308 in the opening round of The Trojan Monday morning at Walnut Creek Country Club, the Barton College men's golf team tied for the second-best round of the afternoon session, a 294, to tie for fifth overall among 12 teams after 36 holes.
Sophomore Scott Pechacek posted Barton's best score in both rounds, a 76 in the morning and a 70 in the afternoon. The 70 matches his career-low set one month ago at the Southern Tide Classic. The Cary, N.C., resident is tied for sixth overall among 72 golfers through the first two rounds at 146.
Junior Derek Hamm also recorded a 70 in the afternoon, his best score of the season, after an 80 in round one to tie for 16th place at 150.
Travis Broome is one stroke behind Hamm in a tie for 20th after carding rounds of 77 and 74 for a 151 total. The junior is currently riding a streak of six straight top-15 finishes, and enters Tuesday's final round two strokes off that pace.
Junior Turner Garris is tied for 43rd place at 157 following rounds of 77 and 80, and freshman Dominic O'Brien is tied for 49th place at 159 after scores of 78 and 81. Playing in the tournament as an individual, sophomore Logan Zimarino produced rounds of 79 and 77 to tie for 40th place.
Host University of Mount Olive holds a commanding 13-shot lead over second-place Newberry College after day one. The Trojans collected scores of 290 and 292 on the familiar 7,021-yard layout for a 582 total. The Belmont Abbey College "A" team is in third place at 596, one stroke behind Newberry. Brevard College is fourth at 600, followed by Barton and King University at 602. Erskine College is another two shots back in eighth at 604.
Craig Steven, playing as an individual for Brevard, leads the event with a 36-hole score of 3-under par 141, gained on rounds of 73 and 68. Harry Bayley of Mount Olive is second at 142 (71-71), followed by Nick Stafford of Belmont Abbey in third at 143. Stafford fired the low round of the tournament with a 67 in the afternoon after an opening 76.
The tournament will conclude with Tuesday's final round.