Barton men’s golf team claims second place in Conference Carolinas Championships

Men's golf coach Ashley Leonard (far left) holds the Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up trophy, and is joined by team members (l-r) Justin Plane, Turner Garris, Derek Hamm, Scott Pechacek and Travis Broome.
Men's golf coach Ashley Leonard (far left) holds the Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up trophy, and is joined by team members (l-r) Justin Plane, Turner Garris, Derek Hamm, Scott Pechacek and Travis Broome.

by Benny Benton

SNOW HILL, N.C. – The Barton College men's golf team maintained its hold on second place through round two of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Tuesday to complete its best league finish since 2013.

The Bulldogs matched nationally-ranked No. 22 Belmont Abbey College with a team score of 293 on Tuesday to keep the two-stroke lead they took into the final round. However, Barton could not catch No. 20 Limestone College, which sealed its league crown with a strong 284 on Tuesday.

Sophomore Justin Plane led the Bulldogs, posting a round of 1-under par 71 at Cutter Creek Golf Club. The Whitby, Canada, resident tied for fourth overall in the 45-player field at 146 to earn all-tournament honors.

Junior Derek Hamm missed joining Plane on the all-tournament squad by one stroke after posting a two-day total of 149 which tied for 11th. Hamm carded a 73 on Tuesday after an opening 76.

Sophomore Scott Pechacek and junior Travis Broome gave the Bulldogs two other top-20 finishes. Pechacek tied for 17th overall at 150 after matching rounds of 75. Broome saw a streak of seven straight top-15 finishes end, but tied for 19th at 151 following rounds of 77 and 74. Junior Turner Garris completed BC's lineup, carding rounds of 79 and 78 to tie for 36th place at 157.

Barton finished two shots ahead of both Belmont Abbey and King University at 596 in the event, which was shortened to 36 holes due to the heavy rains in the area Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. North Greenville University was six shots back of the Bulldogs in fifth place.

Limestone's Will Woodard claimed individual medalist honors with an impressive two-day score of 4-under par 140 on the 7,191-yard, par-72 layout. Woodard carded a final-round 69, the lone sub-70 round of the tournament.

The final round was contested over parts of two days due to the inclement weather. The tournament was hosted by Barton.