The Oglethorpe men's golf team engaged in a final round duel with top-ranked Methodist Sunday at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The two teams went back and forth, with the No. 2 Stormy Petrels briefly taking the lead during the round at Paradise Point Golf Course, but the Monarchs prevailed by a stroke on the day and by three over the weekend. The Petrels totaled 16-over-par 304 Sunday on the difficult gold course, while Methodist came in at 15-over 303. For the weekend, the Petrels fired a 7-over 863 to Methodist's 4-over 860.
Individually, the Petrels saw four men finish in the top 10 on the weekend. Sophomore Jeffrey Alexander and freshman Jacob Arnett finished tied for fourth on the weekend, firing equivalent rounds of 2-over 74 on the day to come in at 1-over 215 for the tournament. It was Alexander's first career top five finish.
Elsewhere, freshman Patrick Mills posted a very good overall score of 2-over 216, coming in a stroke behind Alexander and Arnett and finishing sixth. He posted an 8-over 80 on Sunday, but that was offset by his 4-under 66 (on the scarlet course) and 2-under 70 the previous two days. Freshman Kyle Shealy followed in 10th place with a 5-over 219 for the weekend, posting a 4-over 76 on Sunday. Sophomore Colyn Petty rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard, finishing at 12-over 226 with an 8-over 80 on Sunday. That result put him squarely in the top half of the field.
The conditions turned out not to be as favorable Sunday as originally forecast, and definitely not as favorable as on Saturday. The stiff wind shifted directions from hole to hole, making things difficult for the competitors.
Greensboro finished third at the event, well behind Oglethorpe, while Virginia Wesleyan came in fourth just behind Greensboro.
"We played our hearts out this week, with five underclassmen getting their first tour around the Paradise Point course," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "The course really played hard today, with the wind constantly shifting and coming from different directions on different holes, making things a guessing game at times. Methodist's experience might have helped them in this situation, too, as they have an upperclassman-laden team. We're disappointed that they broke our 3-year winning streak here, but our freshmen will have three more chances here, so we'll look to start another streak next year."
The Petrels will next be in action at the Emory Spring Invitational, taking place at Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain, Georgia, April 10 through 11.
Second Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired an impressive 3-under-par 285 at Paradise Point Golf Course's signature gold course Saturday at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, putting themselves in excellent position headed into Sunday's final round on the same course. They sit in second place at 9-under 559, just two strokes back of Methodist, who fired an 8-under-par 272 on the secondary scarlet course, two better than Oglethorpe shot on that course on Friday.
Meanwhile, freshman Patrick Mills finds himself tied for third after two rounds, putting him at 6-under 136 for the tournament, just three back of Methodist's Mason Stutler and Fayetteville State's Jared Chinn, both of whom sit at 9-under 133. Mills fired a 4-under 66 in Friday's first round and followed that up with a 2-under 70 on the difficult gold course Saturday.
Meanwhile, freshman Jake Arnett fired a 1-under 71 on Saturday to go with his even-par 70 on Friday to sit at 1-under 141. Freshman Kyle Shealy fired a 3-over 75 to go with Friday's 2-under 68 on the scarlet course, putting himself at 1-over 143 for the tournament. Sophomore Colyn Petty put up a very solid 1-over 73 on Saturday to go with his 3-over 73 on Friday, putting him at 4-over 146 for the weekend so far.
Saturday's 285 is tied for the best round the Petrels have ever shot at the Paradise Point gold course. The wind field this weekend has allowed for the two courses to play more evenly than they normally do with the wind effectively shrinking the lengthier gold course and lengthening the shorter scarlet course.
The Petrels sit nine strokes ahead of third-place Greensboro and 18 in front of a fourth-place tie between Gustavus Adolphus and Virginia Wesleyan. Sunday shapes up as an exciting final round, with Methodist and the Stormy Petrels, the two programs that have combined for 16 Camp Lejeune titles, going at each other with the wind again forecast to promote good scoring conditions on the gold course. The Petrels will be going for their fourth consecutive title, a feat which has only been accomplished once before in the history of the tournament. The only other team to do it was Methodist in the late 90s.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team dodged the rain Friday at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and shot an impressive round on the par-70 Scarlet course at Paradise Point Golf Course to begin their weekend. The Stormy Petrels came in at 6-under-par 274 on the tournament's secondary course, putting themselves in the lead after the early wave of competitors.
The Petrels got several outstanding performances on the damp course after their round was delayed in the morning due to the heavy rain. Freshman Patrick Mills shot a 4-under-par 66 while freshman Kyle Shealy fired a 2-under 68. Freshman Jacob Arnett and sophomore Jeffrey Alexander came in at even-par 70 while sophomore Colyn Petty rounded out the Oglethorpe squad with a 3-over 73.
The Petrels will use the extremely solid round on the Scarlet course headed into the longer and more difficult Gold course on Saturday.
Though the Petrels held the lead after the morning wave, the top-ranked Methodist Monarchs put up an impressive 3-under 285 on the Gold course on Friday, putting them in excellent position should they have a good round on the Scarlet course on Saturday.
The Petrels will take to the Paradise Point Golf Course on Saturday morning as they continue their stay at the Intercollegiate Golf Championship.