The Oglethorpe golf teams host their annual Jekyll Island tournaments this weekend on Jekyll Island, Ga. The men contest the 14th annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at Pine Lakes Golf Course, while the women participate in the 10th annual Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate at Indian Mounds Golf Course.
The 30-team Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational field features 12 of the top 25 teams in the country according to Golfstat's Head-to-Head rankings, and five of the top 10. The Stormy Petrels currently sit No. 2 on that list, while fifth-ranked Methodist, sixth-ranked LaVerne, seventh-ranked Texas-Tyler and ninth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan will also participate. Claremont Mudd-Scripps, Carnegie Mellon, LaGrange, Emory, St. John Fisher, Skidmore and Transylvania round out the other top 25 participants.
In addition, 10 of the top 25 individual players in the country will compete, including Oglethorpe sophomore and current No. 2 Anthony Maccaglia, No. 17 senior Eric Quinn, and No. 22 junior Hayden Jones. Other top five golfers participating include LaGrange's Cory Howard and Claremont Mudd-Scripps' Ian Bangor.
As for the 23-team Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate field, nine of the current top 25 teams will take to the links this weekend, including four of the top 10. The top-ranked team in Division III women's golf, Mary Hardin-Baylor, headlines the lineup, with No. 2 Methodist, No. 4 Centre and No. 6 Claremont Mudd-Scripps also taking part. Oglethorpe is currently ranked 54th in the nation.
Twelve of the top 25 individual golfers in the country highlight the field for the women's tournament, including No. 2 Emily Javadi from Sewanee, No. 3 Taylor O'Rear from Mary Hardin-Baylor, and No. 5 Jennifer Sullivan from Methodist.
Entering the tournament, the men's team has won both events they've participated in this spring. They won a dual match with Emory on February 18, then took home the title at the Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate two weeks ago. Going back to the fall, they've won four out of the six events they've participated in this academic year, and have finished no worse than third in any event.
The women's team won its last time out in a dual match against Ohio Northern and finished eighth at the Rome News-Tribune Invitational, its first tournament of the spring season. Dating back to the fall, the squad has finished in the top 10 in two of the five full tournaments it has played.