After building a 10-stroke lead in near freezing temperatures and snow flurries on Day 1 at the Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate in Pine Mountain, Ga., the Stormy Petrels faced another day of cold temperatures and a frigid wind in excess of 15 mph, but managed to double their lead on Day 2 and win by 20 strokes in today's final round. Mother Nature was relentless all weekend at the Mountain View Golf Course at Callaway Gardens, with near-freezing temperatures and some of the most difficult playing conditions in the history of the program.
Oglethorpe led wire-to-wire and their two-day total of 591 outdistanced rival Methodist by 20 strokes. Junior Hayden Jones fired a one-under 71, one of only two sub-par rounds in the frozen final round, to lead the Stormy Petrels' charge to victory today.
Sophomore Anthony Maccaglia sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to edge senior teammate Eric Quinn by one stroke for individual medalist honors. Maccaglia followed up his sterling 68 with a 77 for a two-day total of 145 to earn his fourth collegiate golf tournament medal and the first individual victory by a Petrel at Callaway Gardens since Taylor Urbanski in 2005.
Oglethorpe placed three individuals on the five-person all-tournament team. Maccaglia finished first (145), Quinn second (146), and junior Anthony Amodeo tied for fifth (151). Overall, the Stormy Petrels placed five individuals in the top 10, as Jones and freshman Braden Baer tied for 10th at 153. Baer did so competing only as an individual, and was the highest finisher among those competing solely as individuals. Sophomore Will Morrow fired rounds of 78 and 77, good enough for 21st place overall.
LaGrange came in third, 29 strokes back of the Petrels. Emory placed fourth, finishing 34 strokes back. Rhodes, Greensboro and Averett tied for fifth, 35 strokes back.
The Petrels have thus far won both events they've participated in this spring. They won a dual match with Emory in Atlanta last month. They will next be in action starting next Friday, when they host the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Jekyll Island, Ga. The event runs through Sunday, March 17.