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Barton Scores Second Ace Of Career At Junior Tournament


August 10, 2017

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Former Brevard Lady Blue Devil golfer Meredith Barton kisses the ball that landed her the second hole-in-one of her career at a recent junior tournament. Barton used her seven iron to record the ace at the par 3, 132-yard, 11th hole at Southern Oaks Golf Course in Easley, S.C.

In what was her last competition before joining the ranks of NCAA golf, former Brevard Lady Blue Devil Meredith Barton made the most of things as she recently recorded the second hole-in-one of her career at a junior tournament in South Carolina.

Barton, who just graduated this past spring, said the shot came on hole 11, a 132-yard par 3, at the Southern Oaks Golf Course in Easley, S.C.

After debating on club selection, Barton ultimately chose her seven iron before letting fly.

"I knew it was a good shot, but it turned out to be even better than I thought," Barton said.

Barton's accomplishment comes fresh off a season where she was named the WNC Athletic Conference female golfer of the year.

She said the tournament was the only one she entered over the summer, as she was taking things easy before she joins the women's golf team at Tusculum College.

"I'm about to be playing a lot of golf over the next four years, so I wanted to have some balance," Barton said. "It was bittersweet because it was my last junior tournament and one of the last tournaments before college where my dad and I went together."

Given the excitement over the shot, Barton said it was hard to keep composure over the remainder of the round, but she went on to finish four-over – one of her best finishes in tournament play.

While some might play a lifetime an never record a single ace, Barton now has two on her resumé.

In November 2013, she got her first hole-in-one at the famed second hole of the former Glen Cannon golf course.

However, the two shots were nothing alike and given Barton's progression in the sport over the past four years, she said it "wasn't the same golfer" who hit the shots.

"(At Glen Cannon) I had just started playing golf and my main goal at that time was just to get the ball over all the mess. Not even on the green, just get it over the trouble. It wasn't a solid shot. It wasn't a beautiful arching shot with a good landing," she said.

As a sport, golf is unique in its requirements on the invidivual who is striking the ball. But while it can be lonely standing over a difficult putt or approach shot, Barton said there's always people in the gallery who deserve credit for making those moments possible.

"I've been given so many awesome opportunities that I've had and the sacrifices that other people have made for me. Even though golf is an individual sport it takes a team to succeed and sometimes it's easy to forget that. I'm the one performing, but there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes and a lot that different people have invested," she said.

Among those she thanked were her parents for their support and Brevard girls' golf coach Richard Ronneburger.

"Coach Ron played a huge part of my senior year and he is one of the best coaches I'll ever have," she said. "He's a great attribute to junior golf and ladies golf."

Despite her accomplishments, Barton is fairly new to the sport, having just started playing seriously as a freshman at Brevard.

At the time, she was also playing volleyball, but decided to focus on golf as she felt it would give her more opportunities for success down the road.

Now, as she embarks on her freshman season with the Pioneers, there is little doubt that she made the right choice.

"I've got more golf ahead of me than behind me. There are going to be bad rounds, but there will be more good ones, too. So, I have to fight through those bad rounds to make the good rounds possible," Barton said.

One thing Barton also spoke about was her desire for younger girls to take up the game of golf.

During her junior and senior seasons, Barton was alone on the links except for her teammate and fellow senior, Rachel Byrd.

She said it would be great to see more girls take up the sport and boost the roster numbers.

Even for Barton, the game can be frustrating, but she said if you can persevere through the hard times, golf is an extremely rewarding sport.

"There have been so many times where I felt I wasn't good enough and just wanted to be done. Golf is hard and it can feel like you don't always see the results of your work. But the more I matured, the easier those times became," Barton said. "I would really like to see a lot more girls take up golf and see the opportunities it can open up, the people they can meet and the places it can take them."


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