Women's golf earns second straight runner-up finish at SAA Championships

Women's golf earns second straight runner-up finish at SAA Championships

The Oglethorpe women's golf team earned its second straight runner-up finish at an SAA Golf Championships Sunday, posting a team-best round of 23-over-par 315 at the Greystone Golf Club on the day to finish at 83-over 959, 27 strokes back of champions Rhodes. 

The Lynx came in as the No. 7 team in the country, but the No. 16 Stormy Petrels bested No. 14 Berry and No. 23 Sewanee. Oglethorpe finished eight strokes ahead of the former in third and 16 strokes up on the latter in fifth. Birmingham-Southern slipped in between the two ranked teams, finishing fourth at nine strokes back of the Petrels.

Senior Hailey Willman led the way for the Petrels in her final collegiate tournament. She posted 4-over 77 on the day to finish in fourth at 15-over 234 total. She came in 10 strokes back of Rhodes' Emily Salamy, the individual medalist. 

Sophomore Angel Sanchez finished sixth, posting a final-round score of 4-over 77 to finish at 17-over 236 for the weekend. 

Both earned their way onto the all-tournament team.

Junior Ana Garcia earned her way into the top 15 with a 5-over 78 on Sunday, finishing the tournament at 24-over 243. 

Sophomore Alivia Mattiace shot 10-over 83 on the day and finished in the top half of the individual field, tying for 16th at 27-over 246. Senior Katie Hanley competed as an individual and also finished tied for 16th, posting an 8-over 81 on Sunday.

The Petrels wind up their season as the No. 16 team in the coaches poll and the 17th-ranked team in the Golfstat Team Ranking. 

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team shot 28-over-par 320 Saturday at the SAA Golf Championships, improving their first-round score by four strokes and moving into second place by themselves at 60-over 644, 18 strokes back of No. 7 Rhodes. The No. 16 Stormy Petrels pulled a couple strokes ahead of No. 14 Berry, who sits in fourth place, and five ahead of No. 23 Sewanee in fifth. Birmingham-Southern shot 313 on Saturday to move up to third place, just a stroke back of the Petrels.

The Petrels were led by senior Hailey Willman on the day. The Oglethorpe upperclassman shot a 4-over 77 to move five spots up the leaderboard and settle into third place, eight strokes behind Rhodes' Emily Salamy, the individual leader. 

Sophomore Angel Sanchez carded 8-over 81 on the day but remained in the top five, finishing the day tied for fifth at 13-over 159. Sophomore Alivia Mattiace posted an 81 of her own on the day and remained in the top half of the field, slotting in at a tie for 15th. Her two-round total stands at 17-over 163.

The Petrels will be back at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee, for the tournament's final round beginning at 10:22 a.m. EDT Sunday. They'll be looking for at least their second straight runner-up finish at the conference tournament.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team finished the first round at the SAA Golf Championships tied for second with No. 14 Berry after carding a 32-over-par 324. The No. 16 Stormy Petrels and Vikings sit eight strokes back of No. 7 Rhodes after the opening 18 holes at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee. The two second-place teams sit eight strokes ahead of No. 23 Sewanee, who sits in fourth place

Sophomore Angel Sanchez led the way for the Petrels, finishing the day tied for third after posting a 5-over 78. That mark put her four strokes back of Rhodes' Emily Salamy, the 18-hole individual leader. Senior Hailey Willman also earned her way into the top 10, posting a 7-over 80 on the day to come in tied for eighth and six back of the lead.

Sophomore Alivia Mattiace and junior Ana Garcia both placed in the top 20 after Day 1. Mattiace shot 9-over 82, while Garcia posted an 11-over 84. The pair finished the day tied for 13th and tied for 18th, respectively.

Junior Mara Tiger carded a 13-over 86 to finish the day tied for 25th.

Senior Katie Hanley golfed as an individual and played well. She tied Willman for eighth at 7-over 80.

The Petrels will be back in action from the Greystone Golf Club at 10:36 a.m. EDT Saturday morning for the second of three rounds. 

The champion after 54 holes will receive the SAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships.

 

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