Golfers Pull Away, Win 9th SCAC Title in Texas
The men's golf team clinched their ninth SCAC Championship by pulling away from the field in Sunday's final round in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The Petrels posted the low round of the day (309) to finish 29 strokes clear of second place Centre and secure the program's 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Playing on a brutally tough Ram Rock Course, senior Craig Stevenson led the way for Oglethorpe by posting a three-day total of 234 (+21) to come home in second place. He was one of four Petrels to record top-10 finishes as Patrick Cansfield (+30) came home 6th, Eric Quinn (+32) took 7th and Jordan Hall (+33) tied for 8th. Anthony Amodeo, the only Petrel not in the Top-10, would have been in that group had he not been disqualified for mistakenly turning in the wrong scorecard after round one. Amodeo finished rounds two and three with successive 76's, the best final two day score for the Petrels.
With the huge victory, Oglethorpe, ranked No. 9 in the most recent Nike / Golf World Coaches Poll, clinches their 13th berth to the NCAA Tournament. The 2011 Championship will take place in Greensboro, N.C. May 10-13.
All five Petrels in the starting lineup took home hardware for their outstanding individual efforts. Amodeo was named SCAC Freshman-of-the-Year, Stevenson earned All-SCAC First Team honors and Cansfield, Quinn and Hall each earned All-SCAC Second Team nods.
For complete 2010 SCAC Tournament results, go here.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Playing on a blustery Ram Rock Cousre at the Hoseshoe Bay Resort in Texas, the men's golf team extended their lead to 17 strokes on Saturday afternoon by firing the low round of the day. If the Petrels can hold off second place Centre in tomorrow's final round they'll bring home the school's 9th SCAC Title.
For the second consecutive day only 4 golfers were able to shoot in the 70's as the Ram Rock Course got the best of nearly all 42 competitors in the field. The Petrels posted a team total of 324, a healthy 40 strokes over par, but it was one better than second place Centre's 325 as Oglethorpe extended their Championship lead to 17 shots.
Despite a round one personal scoring error that disqualified him from winning the tournament, freshman Anthony Amodeo recovered to post a Petrel-low round two of 76. Craig Stevenson followed Friday's 71 with an 81 on Saturday and is alone in second place overall. Jordan Hall carded an 82 on Saturday and, at 23-over par, is in 6th place for the Championship. Patrick Cansfield is one stroke behind Hall in a tie for 7th place while Eric Quinn is 28-over par in 11th place.
The Petrels will look to win their 9th SCAC Title on Sunday and seal their 13th invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Check back to gopetrels.com for complete results.
ROUND ONE RECAP
The men's golf team fired a round one team total of 318 on Friday afternoon at the difficult Ram Rock Course in Horseshoe Bay, Tex. to take a 15 stroke lead over second place Trinity. Playing a course that only yielded 4 players with sub-80 rounds, Craig Stevenson posted an even par 71 to top the leaderboard.
Needing to win the tournament to assure an 11th consecutive NCAA berth, the Petrels managed the Rock better than anyone on day one and have positioned themselves nicely heading into the weekend. Check back to gopetrels for updates as results are released.