KIAWAH ISLAND – Nabila Inak fired a first-round 77, her second-best score of the season, to land in a tie for fourth place at the opening round of the Barton Invitational at Kiawah Island’s Oak Point Golf Course.
Inak and five other golfers sit in fourth place, seven shots off the blistering pace set by UNC Pembroke’s Madison Corley. Limestone’s Reme Cortes and Diana McDonald of Wingate are at three and four over, respectively, while Inak is deadlocked with golfers representing South Atlantic Conference foes Tusculum, Catawba, and Wingate, along with a pair of Florida Southern teammates, at five over.
The junior began her day by sinking a 20-foot putt on the par-five first, making her one of just three in the 80-player field to birdie the 510-yard behemoth. Her steady round featured 11 pars and saw her rank in the top 20 on par three, par four, and par five holes.
As a team, Newberry finished the day tied for eighth with Lincoln Memorial at 43 over par, finishing the round in 331 strokes. The Wolves are 18 shots behind leaders Wingate and Florida Southern, which finished the round 25 strokes over par.
The tightly-bunched field features six SAC teams and 16 schools overall. The top 13 schools in the standings are separated by 19 total strokes, while the Wolves are just seven shots outside the top five.
Johana Lunackova was four strokes behind Inak at nine over par in a tie for 22nd place, while Taylor Lance was in a tie for 41st at 13 over. Aubrey Guyton’s 60th-place performance at 16 over rounded out the scoring for the Wolves, who played without a fifth golfer in their contingent.
Play will conclude with 18 holes on Sunday beginning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.