The Oglethorpe men's golf team saw three members earn spots on the Ping All-South Region team Tuesday night as part of the festivities surrounding the NCAA Division III Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Sophomores Jacob Arnett, Patrick Mills and Kyle Shealy all earned their second consecutive All-Region nods from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
The trio of Stormy Petrel sophomores led the team all season, frequently playing with nobody older than a sophomore on the 5-man team, and playing with nobody older than a junior for the entire season. All three earned All-SAA First Team honors for their efforts over the course of the season, and at the SAA Golf Championships in late April.
Arnett earned his first career individual medal in March, as he won the prestigious Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational and currently sits 4-over-par 76 after Day 1 of the national tournament. Shealy finished tied for eighth at the SAA Championship and played perhaps his best round of the spring on Tuesday, firing a 1-under 71 to put himself in a tie for fourth through 18 holes at the NCAA Division III Championship. Mills finished third at the SAA conference tournament and currently sits at 6-over 78 after Day 1 at Mission Inn.
The All-Region teams are named from all six regions in Division III men's golf, with the top players from each earning the recognition. All players in the top 50 in the nation in the Golfstat relative individual player rankings automatically earn spots on their respective All-Region teams. All-Region honorees are automatically nominated for All-America consideration, with at least three players from each All-Region squad automatically earning at least an All-America honorable mention slot.
"We're extremely proud of Jake, Patrick and Kyle," said Oglethorpe director of golf Jim Owen. "They've now earned All-Region honors in both of their two years on campus, putting them on track for an impressive clean sweep, which we've only had a few times. These three continue to get better and better, and I can't wait to see what they do as we move forward."
The awards were handed out at the GCAA banquet on Tuesday night after that day's NCAA Championship opening round. The three award recipients and the rest of the Petrels will back in action on Wednesday, as they'll attempt to move up the leaderboard from their current sixth-place tie. The Petrels will tee off at 12:50 p.m. from Mission Inn's Las Colinas course.