Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team saw his season capped off with a spot on the Division III Ping All-America Second Team Wednesday, as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked his second consecutive GCAA All-America selection, making him the ninth Oglethorpe men's golfer to earn multiple career All-America honors from the organization. It also marked the 29th All-America selection in the program's history, and the seventh straight year in which a Stormy Petrel men's golfer has earned All-America honors.
Wednesday's announcement marked just the latest honor for Arnett this season, both from the GCAA and the SAA. He earned a spot on the Ping All-Southeast Region team in May, marking the third consecutive time he's done that. He was named to the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year semifinalist list earlier in the month, marking the second straight season he made his way into that group. He also shared SAA Men's Golfer of the Year honors, and took his second consecutive All-SAA First Team honor and his third straight All-SAA accolade overall. He was named SAA Men's Golfer of the Week on back-to-back weeks, after finishing tied for sixth at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational on March 18, then winning the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship on March 25. The latter tournament featured his low round of the season, a 5-under-par 65 on the Scarlet course at Paradise Point in North Carolina. That turned out to be one of two wins he accrued on the season, as he also shared the individual medal at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in late October. He finished in the top 10 three other times, coming in tied for fifth at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in March, tied for eighth at the SAA Fall Preview in September, and tied for sixth at the SAA Championships in late April.
Arnett competed as an individual at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, in mid-May, and finished tied for 24th with a 6-over 294 over the tournament's 72 holes. That marked both his highest individual finish at an NCAA Championship and his best overall score at the event.
"We were excited to learn of Jake being named Second Team All-America for his accomplishments over the course of the season," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "He's steadily improved over the course of his career here, earning All-America Honorable Mention last year and then ramping up to a second-team honor this year. Jake has a chance for even more improvement next year, as well, and he'll be a major part of our effort to get back to the NCAA Division III Championship as a team in 2019."
Arnett has a busy summer schedule of amateur golf tournaments planned. He already competed in Atlanta's Dogwood Invitational earlier in June, finishing tied for 54th with a 5-over 221 over the first three rounds of the tournament. He'll continue his summer schedule when he competes in the Florida State Amateur Championship June 21 through 24 in Bradenton. Arnett will also attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship later in the summer.
The Petrels will get their 2018-19 fall season started on Sept. 9 when they travel to Dickson, Tennessee, for the SAA Fall Preview.