The 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships came to a close on Friday afternoon with the Stormy Petrels claiming a tied for 11th place finish. Playing just 8 miles from their campus, the Greensboro College Pride won their second NCAA Title by 6 shots over Illinois Wesleyan.
Out of contention for the Championship as the day began, Oglethorpe was playing for position on Friday and was able to climb one spot after posting a total of 300 (+12). The Petrels shot a four-day total of 1204 (+52) and finished in a flat-footed tie with Christopher Newport.
Sophomore Eric Quinn carded the low round of the day for Oglethorpe by shooting a 73 (+1). He finished the Tournament in a tie for 42nd. Senior Craig Stevenson was the highest finishing Petrel, coming home in a tie for 30th after completing his career with a 75 (+3) on Friday.
Freshman Anthony Amodeo shrugged off a dreadful day two of the Championships to fight back into a tie for 54th place. He played well on Friday with a total of 76 (+4). Fellow freshman Patrick Cansfield also experienced some up and downs at the Championships and finished in a tie for 61st after turning in 77 (+5) today. Junior Jordan Hall was working on an excellent final round before a triple on the closing ninth hole forced him to card a 76 (+4) for the day. He finished in a tie for 57th overall.
The Petrels, under the guidance of highly decorated head coach Jim Owen, are certain to bounce back next year and make a run at the title. They will have plenty of support if they qualify for the 2012 NCAA's as Oglethorpe will partner with the Central Florida Sports Commission to host next year's Championships at the Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
Round three coverage included below.
Petrels Fade to 12th as Title Hopes Go Dim
The men's golf team struggled in third round play at the 2011 NCAA Championships, falling from 7th to 12th place after posting their highest total of the year of 314 (+26). Now 27 strokes off the lead, the Petrels once bright title hopes have grown dim heading into tomorrow's final round.
The Petrels stumbled from a tie for the lead to 7th place during a difficult round two yesterday and, surprisingly, found the scoring even tougher in round three. For the afternoon, Oglethorpe suffered three triple bogeys and two doubles versus only four birdies as the squad sunk like a stone from contention.
The trouble for Oglethorpe started at the top of the lineup where sophomore Eric Quinn endured his worst scoring round of the year with an 83 (+11). He fell from 34th to 51st place individually in the process.
Things did not go much better for senior Craig Stevenson and junior Jordan Hall as they each carded identical 81's (+9). Stevenson fell from a tie for 12th to a tie for 33rd while Hall now resides in a tie for 60th.
It was the Petrel freshmen of Anthony Amodeo and Patrick Cansfied that managed to turn in good performances for Oglethorpe in round three. Amodeo carded a 77 (+5) that was derailed from an outstanding score by a triple on the par-4 fourth hole. Cansfield turned in Oglethorpe's round of the day with a 75 (+3). He was the only Petrel to avoid double or triple bogeying a hole. Amodeo now sits in a tie for 51st place overall while Cansfield climbed from 124th to 61st after the steady performance.
Oglethorpe will need a full boat of par or better scores tomorrow if they want to climb the leaderboard. They are currently at +40 for the Championships, 27 strokes off the pace of tournament leader Greensboro College.
Final round play begins tomorrow morning with the added feature of streaming video provided by Turner Sports. To access the video feed, go here. As always, the Championships can also be followed via the live updating leaderboard on golfstat.com.
Round 2 coverage included below:
Men Slide to 7th after Day 2 of NCAA's
The men's golf team, co-leaders after round one, slid back to 7th place at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. on day two after posting a team total of 304 (+16). Playing the more demanding East Course, the Petrels surrendered 6 double bogeys and a triple while only managing to post 8 birdies on a difficult day.
The round began inauspiciously with Jordan Hall carding a double bogey on hole No. 1 and the Petrels had to battle all morning and early afternoon long to stay in contention. Hall covered up the opening double with a hole-in eagle on the par-5 6th that propelled him to a solid 74 (+2), nearly the best round of the day for OU. At +6 for the Championships, Hall stands in a tie for 65th place overall.
Freshmen Anthony Amodeo and Patrick Cansfield both endured rough days, Amodeo on the front nine and Cansfield on the back. Amodeo played holes 4 through 9 in a cumulative 8-over par that included both a double and triple bogey. He rallied on the back side but the damage was done as he posted an 83 (+11) and slid all the way into a tie for 91st after an opening round 70. Cansfield managed the front nine with a respectable 39 but wound up carding an 80 (+8) after a last nine that was marred with a stretch of bogey-bogey-double bogey on holes 11, 12 and 13. At +13 overall, Cansfield is in a tie for 124th.
Senior Craig Stevenson began the round atop the leaderboard but suffered a bobble on day two with a card that featured two bogeys, two doubles and just one birdie. Despite the 77 (+5), Stevenson remains one of only 13 players under par at the Championships at -1 in a tie for 12th.
Sophomore Eric Quinn had the steadiest performance of the afternoon en route to posting a 73 (+1). He finished the day with a flourish by knocking in birdie putts on both 17 and 18 and, at +3 overall, stands in a tie for 34th. The Petrels will need more of that birdie mojo tomorrow as the head into the third round 13 strokes behind tournament leader St. John's (Minn.).
Despite the setback, the Petrels need only remember two years ago when they trailed the field by 11 after round two only to storm back and win the Championship in the final round. Third round action gets underway tomorrow morning. Visit golfstat.com for tee times and the updating scoreboard.
Round one coverage included below:
Petrels Tied for Lead After Day 1 of NCAA's
The men's golf team combined to fire a 2-under par total of 286 in Tuesday's NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Greensboro, N.C. and are tied atop the leaderboard with St. John's (Minn.).
Playing on the Grandover Resort and Conference Center West Course, the Petrels were atop the leaders all afternoon long with senior Craig Stevenson firing an impeccable 66 (-6) to lead the charge.
Freshman Anthony Amodeo, getting his first taste of Championship action, posted a round of 2-under 70 to back Stevenson up. Sophomore Eric Quinn, meanwhile, carded a 74 (+2) when a double bogey on the par-5 16th derailed an even par round.
Stevenson is alone in first place individually while Amodeo and Quinn check in tied for 6th and 43rd, respectively. Junior Jordan Hall re-grouped after a first nine 40 to play the back nine at level par to finish the day at +4, in a tie for 79th place. Freshman Patrick Cansfield sits in a tie for 94th after carding a 77 (+5) in his first round of NCAA Championship action.
The top 4 scores of round one were all turned in by teams playing on the West Course, with Emory University finishing at +1 and Greensboro College posting +3 to reside in third and fourth place, respectively. The best round on the East Course on Tuesday was posted by Texas Lutheran who shot a 292 (+4). The Petrels will move over to the East Course for round two action tomorrow morning.
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