The Oglethorpe men's golf team moved up the leaderboard three spots on Sunday and knocked eight strokes off their first-round total, but it just wasn't enough to put them among the leaders after they dug a hole for themselves Saturday at the Emory Spring Invitational in Stone Mountain. The Stormy Petrels shot a 19-over-par 299 on Sunday at the Smoke Rise Country Club, allowing themselves to move up to a tie for eighth with Ohio Wesleyan, 42 strokes back of champion Emory.
The Petrels got a few solid performances on the day, the best of which came from junior Jacob Arnett, who bounced back from a first round 78 with an even-par 70 on Sunday. That moved him 27 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 21st with an 8-over 148 overall, putting him 11 strokes back of the individual medalist, Huntingdon's Jon Colten Stanaland. Freshman Anthony DeRosa shot a 4-over 74 on Sunday to move to 12-over 152 for the tournament. That put him in a tie for 41st.
Sophomore Kenny Park took a step back after his first round 73, posting a 12-over 82 on Sunday to finish at 15-over 155. Freshman Tyler Rover carded his second consecutive round of 8-over 78, putting him at 16-over 156 over the 36 holes. Junior Kyle Shealy rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 7-over 77, putting him at 19-over 159 for the tournament.
Among the group of four Petrels golfing as individuals, senior Michael Sheahan had the best tournament, posting an 11-over 151 to finish tied for 36th. He shot a 10-over 80 on Sunday. Sophomore Logan Fuglestad shot a 9-over 79 on Sunday to post a 17-over 157 for the tournament. Sophomore Ron Johnson finished with a 20-over 160 after back-to-back rounds of 10-over 80. Freshman Nick Price shot an 11-over 81 on Sunday to finish his two days at 24-over 164.
Emory finished the tournament at 4-over 564 after a 2-under 278 on Sunday. Huntingdon came in six strokes back in second, while an Emory team of individuals finished third. Methodist finished fourth, 13 strokes back, while Sewanee came in fifth, 27 back. LaGrange, Ferrum and Berry rounded out the top 10, along with Oglethorpe and Ohio Wesleyan.
The Petrels will now get set for SAA Golf Championships, which will take place April 20 through 22 at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee. Oglethorpe will be looking to nab the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at that event, as well as to capture their third SAA title.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team endured a tough opening round Saturday at the Emory Spring Invitational in Stone Mountain, posting a 27-over-par 307 to finish the day in 11th place, 22 strokes back of leaders Huntingdon.
The Stormy Petrels were led on the day by senior Michael Sheahan, who posted a 1-over 71 while golfing as an individual on the Smoke Rise Country Club course to finish his first 18 holes in a tie for sixth, 4 back of the individual leader, Huntingdon's Jon Colten Stanaland. Sophomore Kenny Park led the Petrels' main squad with a 3-over 73, putting him six back of the lead in a tie for 19th.
Junior Jacob Arnett posted an 8-over 78, while freshmen Anthony DeRosa and Tyler Rover carded the same. Sophomore Logan Fuglestad did the same while competing as an individual, and all four finished the day in a tie for 48th. Sophomore Ron Johnson competed as an individual and shot a 10-over 80, putting himself in a tie for 62nd. Junior Kyle Shealy finished the day tied for 69th after carding a 12-over 82, while junior Nick Price shot 13-over 83 as an individual, tying for 72nd.
Huntingdon shot a 5-over 285 to finish the day in first, while two squads from Emory finished tied for second at a stroke back. Methodist was nine back in third, while Sewanee finished the day in fifth, 13 back. Ohio Wesleyan, LaGrange, Ferrum, Maryville (Tennessee) and LeTourneau rounded out the day's top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action bright and early at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning for the final round of the Emory Spring Invitational at Smoke Rise Country Club.