The Oglethorpe men's golf team collected their second trophy of the fall season in their final tournament before the winter break this week, completing their victory at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome with a 7-over-par 295 Tuesday to hold off the hard-charging North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops to take the 54-hole tournament by eight strokes at 2-over 866.
Junior Jacob Arnett won a share of the individual medal with three straight under-par rounds, following up his first-round 69 with a pair of 1-under 71s to finish at 5-under 211 for the tournament. That earned him a first-place tie with Tanner Tabor of Millsaps. Fellow junior Kyle Shealy also earned a top five finish, posting a 4-over 76 on Tuesday after a pair of under-par rounds, giving him an even-par 216 for the tournament, putting himself in a tie for fifth and just five strokes back of the lead. Freshman Anthony DeRosa earned a top 10 finish himself, carding a 3-over 75 in Tuesday's final round to finish at 2-over 218, putting himself seven strokes back of the first-place tie. Sophomore Kenny Park finished tied for 18th with a 1-over 73 in the final round, finishing at 8-over 224, while freshman Tyler Rover came in with a 4-over 76 to finish at 11-over 227, tied for 27th.
The Petrels also had four players golfing as individuals, with sophomore Ron Johnson performing the best of those. He shot a 2-over 74 in the final round to equal Park for the 54-hole tournament and tie him for 18th. Senior Michael Sheahan recovered with a 1-over 73 for the final round, moving himself up to 18-over 234 for the event. Sophomore Logan Fuglestad shot a 9-over 81 to come home at 40-over 256, while junior Jake Thomas carded a 12-over 84 for the round to put himself at 43-over 259.
North Carolina Wesleyan came in eight strokes back of the Petrels, while Truett McConnell finished 22 strokes back in third, LaGrange finished 29 back in fourth, and Birmingham-Southern came in 31 strokes back in fifth. Augsburg, Berry, Georgia Northwestern, an Emory team of individuals and Millsaps rounded out the top 10.
It was the Petrels' second tournament win of the season, as they tied for the SAA Preview title in their first event of the fall season back in September. It was Arnett's second career individual medal after he took the honors at last season's Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational.
"We were able to complete 13 rounds this fall, and even though it was an uneven fall season, we started and ended on a positive note," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "This week, we started off on fire and ran out to a big lead, then held on against a good North Carolina Wesleyan team for an eight-stroke win. I was proud of our guys. Arnett and Shealy provided a good one-two punch, with Arnett winning his second individual medal. The supporting cast of Park, DeRosa and Rover all contributed to the win. Ron Johnson led the B team with a good tournament, as well. This wasn't our most consistent fall season, but it was bookended by two wins, so we'll look to use that to build our confidence as we go into the spring season."
The Petrels will get their spring season started March 5 in Pine Mountain, where they'll tee off for the two-day Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team enjoyed an outstanding opening day of the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome Monday, finishing the day at 6 under par after posting a first-round score of 2-under 286. These marks gave them a 14-stroke lead over their nearest competitor, NAIA opponent Truett McConnell, and a 21-stroke advantage over their nearest NCAA Division III foe, North Carolina Wesleyan.
With the start of the tournament delayed due to stormy weather Monday morning, the second round, which was scheduled to take place in its entirety Monday afternoon, had to be suspended due to darkness halfway through.
The weather didn't affect the Stormy Petrels, though, as they saw all five golfers finish the day near the top of the field. Junior Jacob Arnett came in tied for first at 4 under after posting a first-round score of 3-under 69. He finished the day tied with Brett Buckingham of Augsburg for the tournament lead. Fellow junior Kyle Shealy came in just a stroke back of that in third place after posting a 1-under 71 in the opening round. Meanwhile, freshman Anthony DeRosa wasn't far behind, finishing the day three back of the lead after a 1-over 73 in the first round. Fellow freshman Tyler Rover joined DeRosa at 73 for the first round and finished the day tied for 32nd at 6 over, while sophomore Kenny Park shot a 4-over 76 in the first round, but recovered to end the day at 5 over par overall, putting him in a tie for 21st.
The Petrels had four golfers performing as individuals on the day, as well. Sophomore Ron Johnson played the best of that group, shooting a 4-over 76 in the first round and finishing the day at 7 over par. Senior Michael Sheahan shot an 11-over 83 in the first round and finished the day at 16 over, while junior Jake Thomas posted a 13-over 85 in the opening round and came in at 28 over on the day at the Stonebridge Golf Club course. Sophomore Logan Fuglestad carded a 15-over 87 in his opening round and finished the day at 25 over par.
After Truett McConnell and North Carolina Wesleyan, Augsburg finished the day in fourth at 22 strokes back while SAA foe Birmingham-Southern ended the day in fifth place, 27 back. An Emory team of individuals, Millsaps, Georgia Northwestern, LaGrange and Covenant rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action from Stonebridge Golf Club bright and early Tuesday morning, as they'll finish the final half of the second round before returning late Tuesday morning for the third and final round of the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational.