The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired the best round of any of the 18 teams involved in the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational Tuesday, putting up a 9-over-par 297 to vault five spots up the leaderboard and finish in third place at 24-over 600 for the tournament, just four strokes behind champions Emory.
The Petrels were led on the week by sophomore Patrick Mills, who finished tied for third as an individual after putting up an even-par 72 on Tuesday and finishing the tournament at 2-over 146, just a single stroke behind a first-place tie between Christopher Newport's David Rabill and Washington and Lee's Brian Peccie.
Mills was joined in the top 20 by fellow sophomore Jacob Arnett, who put up a 1-over 73 on the day and finished in a tie for 14th at 5-over 149 for the tournament, four strokes back. Sophomore Jake Thomas finished tied for 28th after posting a 5-over 77 on the day and an 8-over 152 on the week, while sophomore Kyle Shealy came in tied for 39th at 10-over 154 on the week after posting a 4-over 76 on Tuesday. Freshman Kenny Park also played well, as all five members of the Petrels' official squad finished in the top 50. Park came in with a 4-over 76 of his own on Tuesday and finished tied for 48th, with a 12-over 156 for the event.
In addition, the Petrels had freshman Luke Ashworth golfing as an individual. He posted an 8-over 80 on Tuesday and finished at 17-over 161, putting himself in a tie for 67th.
In addition to finishing four strokes behind Emory, the Petrels finished just three strokes behind second-place LaGrange. Sewanee and Huntingdon rounded out the top five, finishing a stroke back of the Petrels.
"After a wobbly finish to Monday's round, it was important that we come back today and put up a good number," said Oglethorpe director of golf Jim Owen. "Playing with the first group out on the course, we came out and got off to a solid start, then finished with eight birdies in our final seven holes, including a big 3-birdie run from Kyle Shealy. Putting five golfers in the top 50 is always a recipe for success, and it was good to get the spring off to such a good start, especially against this stacked field."
The Petrels will return to action March 17 through 19, when they travel down to Jekyll Island to host the annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team had a tough time getting untracked Monday in the first round of the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, their spring debut, but still wound up finishing the day tied for eighth at the Callaway Gardens Mountain View course. The Stormy Petrels posted a 15-over-par 303 amid difficult scoring conditions, putting themselves well within range of the leaders going into Tuesday's final round. Oglethorpe sat seven strokes back of leader Huntingdon at end-of-day Monday.
The Petrels saw all four of their countable scorers finish in the top half of the field, while two Oglethorpe golfers finished the day in the top 20. Sophomore Patrick Mills ended the day tied for 14th after posting a 2-over 74, putting himself four strokes back of the individual leader, Emory's Connor Yakubov. Fellow sophomore Jake Thomas came in just a stroke behind him, tied for 20th at 3-over 75. Sophomore Jacob Arnett came in only a stroke back of that, earning a 30th-place tie on the day with a 4-over 76. Meanwhile, sophomore Kyle Shealy rounded out the Oglethorpe scorers with a 6-over 78, putting him in a tie for 42nd.
The Petrels finished the day tied with Methodist for eighth, with both of those two sitting two strokes back of a fifth-place tie between Christopher Newport, Washington and Lee, and Greensboro. Huntingdon, Emory, LaGrange and Sewanee will entered the final round as the top four, all within four strokes of each other.
The Petrels will take to the course again on Tuesday morning, as they're scheduled to tee off at 10:36 a.m. on the 10th hole of the Mountain View course.