by Benny Benton
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Barton College men's golf team completed play at the Queens Invitational on Tuesday in third place out of the 16 programs competing at the Club at Irish Creek.
BC, which started the day in second place, fell one shot behind 2016-17 NCAA Division II National Tournament participant University of Charleston in the final standings. However, the Bulldogs did finish two strokes ahead of Lincoln Memorial University, which was ranked No. 21 nationally in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll.
Barton ended the 54-hole event with a total of 861 after a final round of 295. Charleston carded a team total of 288 in round three to post 860 for the tournament. LMU combined for a 285 on Tuesday to reach 863 for the three rounds.
Coker College, which led Barton by two strokes entering Tuesday's final round, fired a 289 over the final 18 holes and won by a comfortable eight strokes over Charleston with a 54-hole score of even-par 852.
BC's 861 was the third-best 54-hole total in the program's very successful NCAA Division II history.
Barton senior Travis Broome, who entered the final round tied for the individual lead, finished in third place following a final-round 73. Still, he blew away his previous 54-hole career-low with an overall score of 210 (69-68-73), fifth-best in BC's DII history.
Junior Justin Plane also recorded a new 54-hole career-low, 216, after posting Barton's best round on Tuesday, a 1-under par 70. The score, combined with his rounds of 72 and 74 on Monday, earned him a tie for 15th place, his 13th top-20 finish in 18 career starts.
Another junior, Scott Pechacek, also earned a top-20 finish, placing in a tie for 19th place with a 217 (70-70-77). He finished a single shot ahead of freshman Bryson Boyette, who tied for 22nd in his first 54-hole career event at 218 (74-69-75). Barton's other freshman in the lineup, Jared Dandy, tied for 48th place at 225 (74-74-77).
Barton will return to action on October 2 when it competes in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate, which will be played on the Lion's Paw course at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.