The Oglethorpe men's golf team bounced back from a difficult Round 1 Saturday at the Discover DeKalb Emory Spring Invitational, carding a 3-over-par 283 on Sunday to move up into sixth place on the tournament's final leaderboard at Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain. The Stormy Petrels finished 16 strokes behind champions Huntingdon en route to their fourth top 10 finish of the spring.
Sophomore Patrick Mills led the Petrels on the weekend, finishing tied for sixth at even-par 70 on the day and 1-over 141 for the tournament. He finished seven strokes behind individual medalist Addison Lambeth of Huntingdon. Sophomore Kyle Shealy also made his way into the top 20 for the Petrels, posting a 1-over 71 on the day and finishing at 4-over 144 overall in a tie for 14th. That put him 10 strokes shy of the individual medal. Sophomore Jacob Arnett vaulted up the leaderboard for the Petrels, moving up 14 spots into a tie for 16th, becoming the third Oglethorpe golfer to earn a top 20 finish on the weekend. He tied Mills for the low round of the day by a Petrel, shooting an even-par 70 to finish at 5-over 145 overall, 11 strokes back of Lambeth.
Freshman Kenny Park moved 20 spots up the leaderboard himself with a 2-over 72 on Sunday, putting him at 13-over 153 for the weekend. Sophomore Jake Thomas rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 10-over 80, putting him at 22-over 162 for the tournament.
Oglethorpe also had two players golfing as individuals on the weekend. Freshman Chris Cerminaro fired an impressive 2-over 72 on the day Sunday to finish at 9-over 149 for the tournament, putting him in a tie for 31st, squarely in the upper half of the tournament field. Junior Jeffrey Alexander shot a 13-over 83 on the day to finish at 20-over 160 over the 36-hole tournament.
Hosts Emory finished just a stroke behind Huntingdon, who finished at 7-over 567 for the tournament. Methodist came in third at eight strokes off of the pace, while Berry and LaGrange tied for fourth, 13 back of the lead and three ahead of the Petrels. Oglethorpe finished five strokes ahead of Rhodes for sixth. Greensboro, Sewanee and Guilford rounded out the top 10.
"I thought we responded well today from a really slow start on Saturday," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "It just seemed that every 50-50 ball on Saturday took a bad bounce, and we pressed too hard. That's definitely something we need to working on headed into the postseason now, not letting bogeys become double bogeys or worse. We've got a couple weeks to get ready for the conference tournament and work on our games."
The Petrels will travel to Maumelle, Arkansas, for the SAA Golf Championships at the Maumelle Country Club April 21 through 23.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team fired a 20-over-par 300 on Saturday in the opening round of the Discover DeKalb Emory Spring Invitational at the Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain. That mark put them in seventh place headed to Sunday's final round, 11 strokes back of leaders Huntingdon.
Sophomore Patrick Mills led the Stormy Petrels on the day with a 1-over 71, putting himself in a tie for seventh and just two strokes back of a 3-way tie for the individual lead between Berry's Ryan Elmore, Huntingdon's Will Thrash and Greensboro's Luke Grogan.
Sophomore Kyle Shealy also put up a solid scorecard on the day, posting a 3-over 73 to finish the first 18 holes tied for 14th and put himself four back of the lead. Sophomore Jacob Arnett carded a 5-over 75 on the day to tie for 30th, while freshman Kenny Park fired an 11-over 81. Sophomore Jake Thomas rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 12-over 82 on the morning.
The Petrels had two players golfing as individuals, as junior Jeffrey Alexander and freshman Chris Cerminaro both posted scores of 7-over 77 to finish tied for 39th.
Huntingdon leads the tournament at 9-over 289, while host Emory sits two strokes back in second. Berry sits third, three back, while Rhodes and Methodist are tied for fourth, six back. The Petrels stand six strokes back of LaGrange in seventh, and four strokes ahead of eighth-place Ferrum. Greensboro, Sewanee and the Emory "B" team rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action Sunday morning, when they take to the Smoke Rise Country Club course again at 8:30 a.m. for the second and final round of the tournament.