Men's Golf Finishes 10th at Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational

Men's Golf Finishes 10th at Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational

The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired a 9-over-par 293 on Tuesday at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Raven Golf Club, allowing them to move into the top 10 on the final day at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational in Miramar Beach, Florida. The Stormy Petrels finished the three-day, 54-hole event with a 28-over 880 to put themselves 23 strokes back of champion St. Thomas (Minnesota). 

The Petrels were led on the week by freshman Anthony DeRosa, who earned a top 20 spot by recording a 2-over 73 on Tuesday. That mark moved him into a tie for 20th with a three-day total of 5-over 218, putting him 13 strokes back of Huntingdon's Stephen Shephard, the tournament's individual medalist. The team was led on the day by junior Kyle Shealy, who fired a 1-under 70 on Tuesday for his best round of the tournament and one of the best rounds of the day overall, and moved 27 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 40th, posting a 10-over 223 for the week. 

Oglethorpe saw two golfers post scores of 4-over 75 on Tuesday. Junior Jacob Arnett finished tied for 25th with 6-over 219 over 54 holes, while freshman Tyler Rover finished tied for 46th after carding a tournament total of 11-over 224. Sophomore Kenny Park rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard on the day, shooting a 6-over 77 on Tuesday. That put him in a tie for 58th over the tournament with 15-over 228 overall.

St. Thomas came back to the field a bit on Tuesday, but they built up enough leeway to still finish at 5-over 857 and win by seven strokes over Huntingdon. Illinois Wesleyan finished a stroke back of Huntingdon in third, Emory came in seven back of them in fourth, and Rhodes finished two back of the Eagles in fifth. Methodist, St. John's (Minnesota), Texas-Tyler and Concordia (Texas) joined the Petrels in rounding out the top 10. 

"As we've said, the goal at a big national event like this is to finish in the top six," said Oglethorpe director of golf Jim Owen, "so we're a bit disappointed in the result. We still can't seem to solve our par-5 woes, we've had issues with that all season long. Our domination of par 5s used to pretty much define who we were as a team, but par 5s are getting the best of us this year. We were 7 over par on a total of 60 par-5 holes this week. That's about a 15-stroke swing from what championship-level teams normally do on par 5s, and that's the difference between a top three finish and a 10th-place finish, really. We've got one more tournament this fall, so we'll look to build some momentum headed into the spring season next week."

The Petrels will now take part in the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome at Stonebridge Golf Club Oct. 23 and 24 to conclude their fall schedule.

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team shot a 12-over-par 296 on Monday at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Raven Golf Club, putting themselves in a tie for 11th place with Sewanee after two rounds at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational in Miramar Beach, Florida. The Stormy Petrels posted a two-day total of 19-over 587, putting them 25 strokes behind first-place St. Thomas (Minnesota). 

The Petrels were led on the day by junior Jacob Arnett and freshman Tyler Rover, both of whom fired 1-over 72 on the day at the Raven course. Arnett sits in a tie for 21st, leading the Petrels for the tournament so far, at 2-over 144. That put him nine strokes back of the individual leader, Sam Hill of Texas-Tyler. Rover finished the day in a tie for 47th after posting a two-day 7-over 149. Junior Kyle Shealy carded a 4-over 75 on Monday, putting him in 67th place after an 11-over 153 over the first two rounds of the tournament. Freshman Anthony DeRosa and sophomore Kenny Park both recorded rounds of 6-over 77 on Monday. That put DeRosa in a tie for 28th at 3-over 145, 10 strokes back of the lead, and slotted Park in at 9-over 151, putting him in a tie for 61st.

St. Thomas ended the second round at an impressive 6-under 562, putting them nine strokes ahead of second-place Illinois Wesleyan. Huntingdon finished the day in third, 10 back, while Concordia (Texas) and Emory came in at fourth and fifth, 12 and 13 strokes back, respectively. Texas-Tyler, Guilford, Methodist, Rhodes and St. John's (Minnesota) rounded out the top 10.

The Petrels will begin Tuesday's final round on the 10th hole of the Raven at 8:09 a.m. Eastern.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired a 7-over-par 291 on Sunday at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Raven Golf Club, putting themselves in a tie for seventh after Day 1 at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. The Stormy Petrels sit tied with Methodist after the first round, 11 strokes back of first-place Concordia (Texas).

The Petrels were led on the day by freshman Anthony DeRosa, who entered the clubhouse tied for third after an impressive 3-under 68 on the day. That put him just a single stroke behind a first-place tie between Illinois Wesleyan's Conner O'Neil and Pete Sienko of St. Thomas (Minnesota). DeRosa joined Guilford's Zach Evens and Berry's Eddy Black in the three-way tie for third.

Junior Jacob Arnett carded a 1-over 72 on the day to finish tied for 22nd, while sophomore Kenny Park also finished in the top half of the field on the day with a 3-over 74, putting him in a tie for 42nd. Freshman Tyler Rover recorded a 6-over 77 to finish the day tied for 63rd, while junior Kyle Shealy rounded out the scorecard with a 7-over 78, putting himself in a tie for 67th.

Concordia led after firing a 4-under 280 on Sunday, while St. Thomas came in four strokes back of that. Guilford sits in third place after Day 1, six back of the lead, while Huntingdon and Illinois Wesleyan were in fourth and fifth, within two strokes of Guilford. LaGrange, Sewanee and Berry joined Oglethorpe and Methodist in rounding out the top 10 of the 18-team field.

The Petrels will tee off at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Monday morning from the Raven Golf Club's first hole, as they look to move up the leaderboard in the tournament's second round.

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