The Oglethorpe men's golf team completed their two-day stay in Greensboro, North Carolina, Monday with their best round of the 54-hole Tournament Town Championship Preview, firing a 13-over-par 301 to finish the tournament in 12th place at 48-over 912, 37 strokes back of champions Texas-Tyler.
The Stormy Petrels completed their second round at Grandover Resort starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, getting through the final two holes with a 21-over 309 for the round, but came back out later in the afternoon and sliced eight strokes off that round, moving up from 14th place to 12th in the process.
Junior Jacob Arnett and freshman Anthony DeRosa led the Petrels on the weekend, both coming in tied for 33rd with 9-over 225 for the tournament. Arnett recorded a 1-under 71 over the course of the final round to move 27 spots up the leaderboard from where he sat at the end of Round 2. DeRosa moved up 12 spots after a 1-over 73 on Grandover's East Course. Both finished 10 strokes behind host Guilford's Zach Evans, who took home the individual medal.
Elsewhere, freshman Tyler Rover posted a round of 5-over 77 to move eight spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 61st at 17-over 233. Sophomore Kenny Park carded 8-over 80 for the round and 19-over 235 for the tournament, putting himself in a tie for 70th. Junior Kyle Shealy also shot an 8-over 80 on the day to finish at 22-over 238, putting him in a tie for 74th.
Texas-Tyler won the tournament by three strokes over a second-place tie between Huntingdon and Illinois Wesleyan, finishing at 11-over 875. Concordia (Texas) finished fourth at 20-over 884 while Methodist came in fifth, two strokes behind that. Sewanee, Emory, Washington and Lee, Guilford and Wittenberg rounded out the top 10.
"The goal when you're in a highly competitive national field like this, especially early in the fall, is to finish in the top half of the field, and we fell a bit short of that goal this weekend," said Oglethorpe director of golf Jim Owen. "We just had too many quirky things happen that we couldn't overcome. We handled all the adversity with courage and character and made a couple of moves on the upper half of the field, but in a fantastic field like this where everybody's separated by mere strokes, little things mean big differences on the scoreboard. In today's final round, we were able to adjust to the conditions and get dialed in a little better."
The Petrels will now take a bit of a break before hosting the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club Oct. 7 and 8 up the road in Flowery Branch. After that, they'll head down to Destin, Florida, for the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational the following weekend.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team completed 34 holes at the Tournament Town Championship Preview Sunday at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. They fired a 20-over-par 302 in Sunday's opening round on the resort's West Course, then got through 16 holes of their second round on the East Course at 14 over par before play was suspended due to darkness. That mark put them in 14th place as the day ended, 40 strokes back of first-place Texas-Tyler.
Junior Jacob Arnett led the Petrels on the day, firing a 5-over 77 in Round 1 and finishing his day at nine over after sitting at four over through 16 holes in Round 2. He currently sits tied for 52nd in the tournament. Freshman Anthony DeRosa fired the best round of the day for the Petrels, putting up an even-par 72 in the morning's first round. Things did not go as well in the second round, though, as he put up a 10-over 82 to put himself at 10 over for the tournament and sit in a tie for 60th. Sophomore Kenny Park fired a 1-over 73 in the first round, but came back by putting up a 9-over par through 17 holes in the second round. He sits at 10 over for the tournament. Freshman Tyler Rover carded an 8-over 80 for the first round, then followed with a round of 4-over par through 16 holes in Round 2. Meanwhile, junior Kyle Shealy recorded a 10-over 82 in the first round. He recovered in the second round to put up a card of 3-over par through 16 holes, and is at 13-over par total.
Texas-Tyler has completed both rounds and stands in first place at 6-under 570. That puts them in a six-stroke lead ahead of Illinois Wesleyan in second and 12 ahead of Emory in third. Greensboro ended the day in fourth, 18 strokes back, while Washington and Lee and Huntingdon were tied for fifth, 19 back. Concordia (Texas), Sewanee, Methodist, Wittenberg and Guilford rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action bright and early Monday morning, as they complete their second round. After that, they'll get set for the final round later in the morning.