After allowing Emory University to "borrow" the hardware for a year, the men's golf team reclaimed the Georgia Cup on Tuesday afternoon with their second place finish at Emory's Spring Invitational.
The Petrels won the year-long competition amongst all the Division III schools in the state rather easily, topping second place Emory by a healthy 3.78 strokes per 18 holes. The 2011-12 Cup was contested over 11 tournaments and 51 adjusted rounds of golf, both records.
The Petrels posted 294.50 stroke average throughout the season, the second lowest recorded total for a season next to Oglethorpe's 2003 squad that posted a 291.00 stroke average.
LaGrange's Hudson Keener won a close race for Player-of-the-Year honors to unseat last year's winner, Oglethorpe's Eric Quinn. Keener bested Emory's Ryan Dagerman by .389 strokes per round and toppped Petrel freshman Anthony Maccaglia by .915 strokes per round. Keener's stroke average of 71.980 is the fourth lowest recorded in Cup history and he became only the second player the second golfer to win Player-of-the-Year honors twice (Oglethorpe's Trent Erb is the other).
With the Georgia Cup back in hand for the 12th time in 15 years, Oglethorpe will now turn their attentions to the SCAC Championships to be held later this month.