Men's Golf Rallies to Win Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational
The Oglethorpe men's golf team came back from a stroke down entering the day to overtake Methodist and win the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational Tuesday.
Sophomore Anthony Maccaglia fired a two-day score of three-under 139 (69-70) to take individual medalist honors. He bested Mike Wesko of Methodist and Scott Davidson of Christopher Newport by three strokes each to take home the individual medal.
The Petrels bested Methodist by three strokes, finishing with a final total of 582. On the final hole, they got eagles from sophomore Will Morrow and senior Eric Quinn, and birdies from Maccaglia and junior Hayden Jones to put them at six under-par on the 36th and final hole of the tournament and bring home the victory.
Oglethorpe battled Methodist for 35 holes over two days and the tournament came down to the 36th and final hole, the par-five 18th.
After Oglethorpe junior Anthony Amodeo parred the 525-yard hole as the first Stormy Petrel finishing for the day, the next four players played the 18th hole in the spectacular and victory-defining six under par. Morrow was next to play to the green and reached the hole in two and drained a 15-foot eagle. He was then quickly followed by Jones, whose 20-foot eagle putt rested on the lip and wouldn't fall, forcing him to settle for birdie, but the Methodist lead was dwindling rapidly. While Jones was tapping in the birdie off the edge of the cup, Quinn, fresh off a birdie on No. 17 that likely gave Oglethorpe the lead they wouldn't relinquish, waited in the fairway some 225 yards from the green. Quinn hit his approach to 14 feet and promptly rolled in the probable-clinching eagle putt. The putt moved Quinn into fourth place and minus-2 under 69 for the day.
Quinn finished in a tie for fourth individually, posting a score of one-over 143. Jones finished tied for 14th with a seven-over 149. Morrow posted a score of nine-over 151, good for a tie for 24th place, and Amodeo totaled a 14-over 155, getting on the board in a tie for 41st. Maccaglia and Quinn earned All-Tournament honors.
As Oglethorpe hosted the tournament, they had a number of golfers participate as individuals. Among them were freshman Braden Baer, who tied for 31st with 153, and sophomore Kentaro Toyota, who tied for 35th with 154. Junior Patrick Cansfield tied for 41st with a two-day total of 155. He posted a seven-stroke improvement on his Day 1 score for Day 2. Freshman Thomas Jeffries-Harrison tied for 58th with a 158 and junior Lewis Gregory tied for 84th at 171. Freshman Lawrence de Sola finished 87th with a two-day total of 177, but improved his first-round score by 13 strokes in the second round.
Rounding out the top five, Chirstopher Newport finished third with a total of 597, Emory took home fourth with an even 600, and Greensboro and Central tied for fifth at 603. California Lutheran, the No. 1 team in the nation coming into the tournament according to Golfstat's head-to-head rankings, finished in a tie for seventh.
The men's golf team will next be in action at the NCAA Golfweek Fall Preview starting next Monday at The Raven in Destin, Fla. This will be the final tournament of the fall season for the Petrels.