Golfers Spring Season Gets in Swing on Monday

The men's golf team gets their spring season underway this Monday in the Wynlakes Wynter Nationals hosted by Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Petrels finished the fall season as the No. 6 ranked team in the country in the Nike/Golf World Coaches Poll after notching fourth place finishes in their final two events of the season at the Gordin Collegiate Classic and the Royal Lakes Fall Invitational.

After building a national powerhouse that delivered the school's first national championship in 2009, Head Coach Jim Owen has once again assembled a cast of talented golfers that will vie for 2011 crown. The 2010 team posted another top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships (6th place) in Hershey, Penn. and will look to build on that momentum heading into the 2010-2011 season. Here's a look at the players and the spring schedule they will face in their quest to recapture both the SCAC Championship and the National Title.

While the 2010-2011 roster boasts a wealth of experienced golfers for Coach Owen, none will enter the season as a senior. Owen, rather, has compiled a stable of three juniors, one sophomore and a whopping seven freshman who will all compete to crack the starting five lineup. The juniors on the squad include veteran talents Craig Stevenson (Sarasota, Fla.), Jordan Hall (Tifton) and Matt Bernstein (Alpharetta) who have each competed in an NCAA Championship. The lone sophomore on the squad is Eric Quinn (Norcross) who recorded the Petrels best individual finish (31st) at the 2010 Championships.

The freshmen joining the squad are Anthony Amodeo (Marietta), Patrick Cansfield (Port Huron, Mich.), Lewis Gregory (Sheringham, UK), Corey Hall (Woodstock), Stephen Harris (Macon), Hayden Jones (Orlando, Fla.) and Daniel Simonsen (Mequon, Wis.). Each will have a chance to battle their way into the Petrels first team.

The spring schedule features many highlights including Monday's event at Wynlakes Golf Course. Additionally, Oglethorpe hosts their famed Jekyll Island Collegiate (March 17) on the Pine Lakes Golf Course. The team travels back to Jacksonville, N.C. for the Camp Lejeune Invitational (March 24) before returning to compete in the Emory Spring Invitational (April 10) at Stone Mountain. The 2010-2011 season concludes at the SCAC Championships (April 21) in Marble Falls, Texas where the Petrels hope to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships (May 8) at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

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