by Benny Benton
SALISBURY, N.C. – The Barton College women's golf team showed a 10-shot improvement Tuesday over round one, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to climb one spot to 14th in the final standings at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational.
Barton began the day 15th in a field of 17 after carding an opening-round 329 on Monday, but the Lady Bulldogs posted the 13th-best final round with their combined effort of 319 on the 5,973-yard, par-72 Country Club of Salisbury layout.
Junior Sydney Turner led the way for BC on Tuesday, firing a 77. Junior teammates Kelsey Woodall and Maria Garcia followed with rounds of 79 and 80, respectively. Barton also received an 83 from sophomore Clare McMahon and an 88 from freshman Jailynn Thomas.
For the event, Woodall tied for 50th place in the 90-player field at 159 (80-79). Turner was one shot back at 160 (83-77), tied for 55th place, and Garcia was one more shot back at 161 (81-80), tied for 57th. McMahon placed 67th overall with her 36-hole score of 168 (85-83), and Thomas finished 75th at 176 (88-88).
Barton surpassed fellow Conference Carolinas member King University for the 14th spot with a two-day total of 648, and finished just one stroke behind 13th-place Belmont Abbey College.
Lenoir-Rhyne University won the event by 11 shots over second-place Limestone College after firing consecutive rounds of 295 for a 590 total.
Megan Sabol of University of North Georgia captured individual medalist honors, firing a final-round 68 to finish the tournament at 5-under par 139. She won by three strokes over Abbey Hartsell of Lenoir-Rhyne.
The event wrapped up the fall portion of Barton's 2017-18 season.