Men's Golf Moves Up to Ninth Place to Conclude Jekyll Island Collegiate, Kleckner and Mills Finish Top 5

Men's Golf Moves Up to Ninth Place to Conclude Jekyll Island Collegiate, Kleckner and Mills Finish Top 5

The Oglethorpe men's golf team finished ninth at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational over the weekend, posting a 54-hole score of 5-over-par 869 at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia. They used a 5-under-par 283 on the day to vault into the top 10, slicing nine strokes off their previous low score of the weekend. They finished 10 strokes back of champions LaGrange for the 3-day event on the Pine Lakes course. 

The Stormy Petrels saw two individuals earn top five finishes, as senior David Kleckner and freshman Patrick Mills accomplished the feat. Kleckner finished tied for third after posting an impressive 7-under-par 65 on Sunday, the lowest round of his collegiate career and a round which proved good enough to qualify as the best individual round of the tournament. He recorded eight birdies for the round and five on the back nine. He came in at 4-under 212 for the tournament, finishing seven strokes back of the individual medalist, Joey Mayo of Rhodes. He shot 44 places up the leaderboard, improving from his 47th position after Saturday's round.

Mills recorded the best tournament of his young career, coming in tied for fifth with a 3-under 213 for the weekend, finishing just a stroke behind Kleckner and eight back of Mayo. Mills posted a 2-over 74 on Sunday, putting up a pair of eagles on the round, including one on the 18th hole.

Freshman Jacob Arnett also finished in the top half of the tournament field, coming in tied for 56th with a 6-over 222. He used a 1-over 73 on Sunday to vault 16 spots up the leaderboard. Freshman Kyle Shealy rocketed up the leaderboard, as well, putting up an even-par 72 to shoot 24 spots up the leaderboard with a 9-over 225. Sophomore Colyn Petty also had a very good round, putting up a 1-over 73 on Sunday to put up a 10-over 226 for the tournament.

No. 16 LaGrange finished at 5-under 859 to take the team championship. No. 1 Methodist and No. 10 Rhodes tied for second at 1-under 863 while No. 9 Claremont-M-S posted even-par 864 in fourth. No. 5 Berry, Emory and Christopher Newport posted 2-over 866 to finish tied for fifth. No. 12 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 2 Oglethorpe and No. 6 Huntingdon rounded out the top 10.

"It's difficutlt when you only have two guys really on their 'A' game," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "But I was proud of the way our guys hung in there and pushed back up the leaderboard. Kleckner and Mills were very good this weekend. This is a very competitive field, as always, so you've gotta have three excellent rounds to win this tournament."

The Petrels will next hit the course April 1 through 3 at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Paradise Point Golf Course in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team had an up-and-down day Saturday at their own Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, garnering a career-best performance by freshman Patrick Mills but seeing a couple of other golfers fall back a few strokes. As a result, the Stormy Petrels sit 13th after two rounds at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia, posting a 6-over-par 294 on the day and a 2-day total of 10-over 586, putting them 16 strokes back of leaders Claremont-M-S. 

The Petrels used an outstanding performance from Mills on the lengthy Pine Lakes course to keep themselves in the round, as he put up a 5-under-par 67 on the day to move himself into a tie for fifth. His 5-under 139 for the event puts him just three strokes back of individual leaders Brandon Bailey of Ferrum and Logan Lanier of LaGrange. 

Elsewhere, senior David Kleckner sits in a tie for 47th after putting up a 2-day total of 3-over-par 147. He carded a 3-over 75 on Saturday. Freshman Jacob Arnett also finished in the top half of the tournament field over the first two days, carding a 3-over 75 on Saturday for a 2-round total of 5-over 149. He sits in a tie for 72nd. Sophomore Colyn Petty and freshman Kyle Shealy sit tied at 9-over 153 for the event, rounding out the Oglethorpe scorecard. Petty put up a 5-over 77 on Saturday while Shealy posted a 7-over 79.

Four teams at the tournament have 2-day scores of even-par or better, as the ideal scoring conditions that prevailed Friday, including mild temperatures and very little wind, continued on Saturday. Christopher Newport sits four strokes back of Claremont-M-S while LaGrange and Emory come in just behind them. 

The Petrels will get back to action Sunday morning, as they'll look to move several spots up the leaderboard into the top 10 on the final day. They'll tee off at the first hole of the Pine Lakes course Sunday at 8:50 a.m. Mills will get going in the team's final tee time of 9:30 a.m.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team had a relatively consistent day Friday at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, posting a 4-over-par 292 on the Pine Lakes course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia. That puts them in a tie for 11th place, just seven strokes behind Illinois Wesleyan for first place after Round 1. The event featured a tightly-bunched leaderboard, as calm weather produced near-perfect scoring conditions for the teams to take advantage of.

The No. 2 Petrels were led by senior David Kleckner and freshman Patrick Mills, who both came in at even-par 72 in a tie for 28th. Freshman Kyle Shealy posted a 2-over 74, as did fellow freshman Jacob Arnett. That mark put them both 52nd for the tournament. Sophomore Colyn Petty rounded out the Petrel squad on the afternoon, but still performed fairly well. He shot 4-over 76 on the day and came in nine strokes back of the lead.

With the excellent conditions, No. 12 Illinois Wesleyan vaulted into the tournament lead with a 3-under 285. No. 16 LaGrange came in just a single stroke behind that, while Christopher Newport used an excellent 18th-hole performance, which included a pair of eagles, to come in third a couple strokes back of the lead. No. 5 Berry and Emory finished Day 1 tied for fourth, coming in three back of Illinois Wesleyan. Claremont-M-S, Piedmont, Rochester, Washington and Lee, and Greensboro rounded out the remainder of the top 10.

The Petrels will return to the Pine Lakes course Saturday morning, where they'll continue to attempt to move up the leaderboard. The Petrels are set to tee off at 12:45 p.m. from the 10th hole of the Pine Lakes course at Jekyll Island Golf Club.

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