Men's golf finishes seventh at NCAA Championships, earns 14th top 10 NCAA finish; Arnett finishes fourth individually

Men's golf finishes seventh at NCAA Championships, earns 14th top 10 NCAA finish; Arnett finishes fourth individually

The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired an 11-over-par 299 Friday in their final round at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Nicholasville, Kentucky, moving to 48-over 1200 for the week and finishing seventh at 26 strokes back of champion Illinois Wesleyan. It marked the Stormy Petrels' 14th top 10 finish all-time at the NCAA Championships in 19 appearances. 

Senior Jake Arnett logged his best-ever NCAA tournament finish, and the best by a Petrel since Anthony Maccaglia finished second in 2015, firing 2-over 290 for the tournament to come in fourth. He finished just five strokes behind individual champion Sam Goldenring of Williams. He played an even-par front nine on the Champion Trace course at Keene Trace Golf Club Friday, carding an eagle on the par-5 sixth. He went 1 over on the back nine to earn his first career top-five NCAA finish. The Oglethorpe senior did not record worse than bogey on any hole over the 72-hole tournament.

Sophomore Anthony DeRosa played well on the day. He fired an even-par 72 on the Champion Trace course to move 19 spots up the leaderboard to a tie for 44th. He carded a team-high four birdies on the day and finished the week at 17-over 305.

Senior Kyle Shealy had a rough day, shooting 10-over 82, but completed a very successful week on the whole. He came in tied for 39th at 16-over 304 over 72 holes.

Freshman Justin Rickerson enjoyed his best round of the tournament on Champion Trace. He carded three birdies over the course of his round and finished the day at 4-over 76. He completed his tournament at 18-over 306 and finished tied for 49th.

Freshman Isley McClure also recorded his best round at Champion Trace for the week, posting a 6-over 78 to move to 27-over 315 for the week. He finished 74th for the week.

The Petrels culminated their comeback from 53rd in the nation in Golfstat after the fall season to the SAA championship and their best finish since coming in second in 2014. 

Third Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team got off to a tough start Thursday morning in the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, totaling 12 over par over the front nine of the Champion Trace course. However, they recovered on the back nine to post 3 over par as a team and finish at 15-over 303 for the day. That score put them in seventh place at 37-over 901 for the tournament, 21 strokes back of a tie for the lead between Illinois Wesleyan and Huntingdon. The Stormy Petrels ended the day just six strokes back of fourth-place Wittenberg, with the top four teams earning trophies after Friday's final round.

Senior Jake Arnett had an eventful day, but finished with a 2-over 74 and hung onto a tie for fourth at just four strokes behind Sam Goldenring of Williams, the individual leader. He got off to a rocky start, bogeying four of his first five holes. However, he recovered to post par or better on 12 of his final 13 holes, including consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th. He finished his round at 1-over 217 over the first 54 holes.

Fellow senior Kyle Shealy shot 3-over 75 on Thursday to move to 6-over 222 for the tournament. He closed the day tied for 13th, nine strokes off Goldenring's pace. He suffered a triple bogey on the par-three 18th, but had an even-par round before that point. He carded four birdies on the day, two in each half of his round, while also recording nine pars.

Freshman Justin Rickerson fired a 5-over 77 on the day to move 10 spots up the leaderboard to a tie for 44th at 14-over 230. He recovered with an even-par 36 on the back nine after posting 5-over 41 on the front.

Sophomore Anthony DeRosa also entered the clubhouse with a 5-over 77 on the day. That moved him into a tie for 63rd at 17-over 233.

Freshman Isley McClure shot 10-over 82 on the day to move to 21-over 237 for the week.

The Petrels will tee off their final round at 7:30 a.m. Friday from the first hole of the Champion Trace course. They'll be looking for the program's 14th top 10 finish and for its fifth top-five finish. 

Arnett and Shealy both look for the school's best individual finish since 2015 and their best respective career finishes. Shealy came in 16th in 2016, while Arnett tied for 24th while golfing as an individual in 2018.

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team put together a second consecutive solid round Wednesday in the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. They played the Champion Trace course, the lengthier and more difficult of the two courses the teams played over the opening two days of the tournament, and scored a 15-over-par 303. They sit at 22-over 598 for the week and easily made the cut, as one of the top 18 teams to advance to the final two days competition, finishing the day tied for fifth at 20 strokes back of leaders Illinois Wesleyan. 

Senior Jake Arnett had an outstanding day, firing a 2-under 70 to move his 36-hole total to 1-under 143. The round pulled him 17 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for third, just one stroke behind a tie between Wittenberg's Cameron Willis and Methodist's Zane Brownrigg for the individual lead. The Stormy Petrel carded five birdies for his round, including three on the back nine. He sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to end his day on a high note and pull to within a stroke of the lead.

Fellow senior Kyle Shealy continued his solid week so far, posting a 4-over 76 to finish Day 2 at 3-over 147. He picked up a big birdie on the 17th and came in tied for 14th, just five strokes back of the first-place tie.

Freshman Justin Rickerson posted a 6-over 78 on the day to come in at 9-over 153, tied for 54th. He scored a pair of birdies, one in each half of his round.

Fellow freshman Isley McClure carded a 7-over 79 on the day, starting his round with a birdie on the first hole. He finished with five pars on his final six holes, including four straight to end it. The Petrel freshman stands at 11-over 155 for the tournament and is tied for 78th.

Sophomore Anthony DeRosa shot an 8-over 80 on the day, carding a birdie on the 10th hole. He stands at 12-over 156 for the tournament, tied for 89th.

All five Petrel golfers finished Wednesday in the top half of the 216-player field. 

With the 42-team field cut to 18 teams and the six best remaining individuals not on those teams, the entire tournament shifts to Champion Trace for the final two days. The Petrels tee off their third round at 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning from the course's first tee, with Arnett getting his round started at 9 a.m. and Shealy at 8:50. 

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team got their stay at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships off to a solid start Tuesday in Nicholasville, Kentucky, posting 7-over-par 295 on Keene Trace Golf Club's Keene Run course to finish the day tied for fourth at eight strokes back of leaders Illinois Wesleyan. The Stormy Petrels posted 12 birdies on their back nine -- the course's front nine -- to move steadily up the leaderboard as the morning wore on.

Senior Kyle Shealy led the Petrels on the day, posting a 1-under 71. He went 3 under par on the back nine, which included four birdies and three on a stretch of four holes, finishing the day tied for sixth and just two strokes back of Sam Goldenring of Williams, the individual leader.

Fellow senior Jake Arnett carded three birdies on the back nine and finished with birdies on the final two holes of his round. He sank a long putt on the ninth -- the 18th hole of his round -- to finish the day at 1-over 73. He came in tied for 20th, four back of the lead.

Freshman Justin Rickerson carded four birdies over the course of his round and finished at 3-over 75. He wound up the day tied for 41st and six off the lead.

Sophomore Anthony DeRosa and freshman Isley McClure each shot 4-over 76, with McClure carding three birdies on the afternoon, two on the course's front nine. They both ended Tuesday tied for 60th and seven strokes off the pace.

The Petrels hit the Champion Trace course at Keene Trace on Wednesday for the second round of their tournament. They'll tee off starting at 12:50 p.m. from the first tee on the tournament's championship course, which stands about 300 yards longer than Keene Run. 

After Wednesday's second round, the 42-team, 216-player tournament field will be cut to the top 18 teams and the best six individuals not on those teams for the final two rounds Thursday and Friday.

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