Men's Golf Finishes 15th at Jekyll Island Collegiate

Men's Golf Finishes 15th at Jekyll Island Collegiate

The Oglethorpe men's golf team finished 15th at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational this weekend, posting a 31-over-par 895 over 54 holes on the Pine Lakes course at Jekyll Island Golf Club. The Stormy Petrels shot a 12-over 300 on Sunday, staying in the same spot on the leaderboard that they held after Saturday's second round. They finished 42 strokes behind champions Methodist, who posted an impressive 11-under 853 for the tournament to win by 11 strokes over their nearest competitor.

The Petrels were led on the day by sophomore Kenny Park, who posted an impressive 1-under 71 with five birdies and an eagle over the course of his round. He moved 32 spots up the leaderboard on the day and finished the tournament at 16-over 232.

Sophomore Jacob Arnett earned his second straight top 10 finish at Jekyll with a 3-under 213 for the tournament. That was solidified by a solid 1-over 73 on Sunday, putting him in a tie for sixth at seven strokes back of individual medalist James Mishoe of Guilford. 

Freshman Anthony DeRosa fired a 5-over 77 on the day to finish the tournament at 12-over 228. Sophomore Ron Johnson carded a 7-over 79 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 16-over 232 over 54 holes, while junior Kyle Shealy rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 12-over 84 to finish the tournament at 23-over 239 overall.

Over on the Oleander course, freshman Tyler Rover finished tied for 12th in the individuals-only tournament, posting a 3-round total of 18-over 234 to come in 14 strokes back of Illinois Wesleyan's Ben Johnson, the tournament's winner. Rover posted an 8-over 80 on Sunday.

Guilford finished second in the team event, coming in at even par, 11 strokes back of Methodist. Huntingdon finished third at five strokes back of that, while Southwestern (Texas) and Emory tied for fourth a stroke back of Huntingdon. Claremont-M-S, Hampden-Sydney, Kenyon, Texas-Tyler, Illinois Wesleyan and Greensboro rounded out the top 10, with the final two tying for 10th.

"Arnett was a bright spot for us, as he was in it for three days and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team with a top 10 finish," said Oglethorpe director of golf Jim Owen. "As a team, we just kind of spun our wheels today, though. Our goal was to be in the top 10, and we were briefly midway through today's round, but we just couldn't make a move. We're still a work in progress, and are just a little too inconsistent off the tees. We found ourselves in recovery mode all day." 

The Petrels will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship Friday through Sunday at Paradise Point. After that, they'll close out their regular season schedule with the Emory Spring Invitational from April 6 through 8.

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team dropped to 15th Saturday at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at Jekyll Island Golf Club, putting up a 13-over-par 301 for the day on the Pine Lakes course. That mark put them 20 strokes back of first-place Methodist at 19-over par over the first 36 holes.

The Petrels saw junior Jacob Arnett put up a 1-over 73 on the day, keeping him in contention for his second consecutive individual medal at the event. He sits at 4-under par over 36 holes, three strokes back of Guilford's James Mishoe, the tournament's individual leader. Freshman Anthony DeRosa posted a 3-over 75 on the day, helped by an eagle on the course's 18th hole (which served as the ninth hole of the round for DeRosa). He finished the day tied for 66th at 7-over par for the tournament, putting him 14 strokes back of the lead.

Sophomore Ron Johnson fired a 6-over 78 on the day to move to nine over for the tournament, while junior Kyle Shealy recovered from an opening-round 80 with a 3-over 75 on Day 2. Sophomore Kenny Park recorded a 13-over 85 to move to 17 over for the tournament.

Over on the Oleander course, freshman Tyler Rover shot a 3-over 75 on the day to move to 10 over at the individuals-only tournament, putting himself in a tie for ninth, eight strokes back of leader Ben Johnson of Illinois Wesleyan. 

Methodist sits in the lead at 1-under par over the first 36 holes of the tournament. Guilford is five strokes back in second, while Emory is seven back in third. Southwestern (Texas) sits in fourth place, eight back, while Kenyon finished the day nine back in fifth. Illinois Wesleyan, Washington and Lee, Huntingdon, Carnegie Mellon and Hampden-Sydney rounded out the top 10.

The Petrels will tee off their final round at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday from the 10th hole of the Pine Lakes course.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team got off to a solid start at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at the Jekyll Island Golf Club Friday, putting up a 6-over-par 294 to put themselves in a tie for sixth place, just six strokes behind leaders Illinois Wesleyan over the first 18 holes.

The Stormy Petrels were led by junior Jacob Arnett. The defending Jekyll Island individual medalist picked up where he left off last year on the Pine Lakes course, recording six birdies and posting an impressive 5-under 67 to tie for the individual lead with Guilford's James Mishoe. Sophomore Ron Johnson recorded two birdies and no bogeys on his back nine (which comprised of the front nine of the course), to come back from 5-over-par front nine and post a 3-under 75 for the day, putting him in a tie for 43rd at eight back of the leaders. Freshman Anthony DeRosa and sophomore Kenny Park put up a 4-over 76 for the day to come in tied for 56th. They were both a stroke back of Johnson and nine back of the leaders. Junior Kyle Shealy rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with an 8-over 80 on the day.

Freshman Tyler Rover also competed for the Petrels in the individual tournament taking place on the Oleander course. He put up a 7-over 79 in the first round to put himself in a tie for 13th, six strokes back of Emory's Sam Galloway for the lead.

Unranked Kenyon posted a surprise 2-over 290 to put themselves in second place through 18 holes, while Southwestern (Texas) finished the day a stroke back of them. Washington and Lee finished the day in fourth place at 4-over-par, while Methodist finished the day in fifth, a stroke behind them. Emory and Guilford finished the day tied with the Petrels, while Carnegie Mellon came in ninth and Greensboro 10th.

The Petrels will hit the Pine Lakes course Saturday at 12:45 p.m., as they tee off on the 10th hole and look to move up the leaderboard. Rover will tee off at 9:36 a.m. on the Oleander course.

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