The Oglethorpe men's golf team moved nine spots up the leaderboard in the final round of the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational, which was completed Sunday at a rainy Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in Flowery Branch, and finished the 36-hole tournament tied for fifth at 14-over-par 590 to come in 11 strokes back of champions Greensboro. The Stormy Petrels posted a 1-over 289 over the final round and finished deadlocked with Birmingham-Southern, who fired a 4-over 292 for the final round.
Sophomore Kenny Park led the Petrels on the weekend, finishing tied for third with a 3-under 69 for the final round and 4-under 140 for the tournament. He finished the tournament just a stroke back of a tie between Ferrum's Lance Keiser and Centre's Andrew McKinney for the individual medal. He finished tied with Carnegie Mellon's Jason Li and Emory's Sam Galloway in third position.
Freshman Anthony DeRosa also finished in the top 20, coming in tied for 19th after carding a 1-over 73 for consecutive rounds. He finished at 2-over 146, putting him just seven strokes back of the individual medalists. Junior Jacob Arnett vaulted 13 spots up the leaderboard with a 2-over 74 in the final round, finishing at 6-over 150 and tying for 36th. Junior Kyle Shealy followed up a tough first round with a solid second, posting a 3-over 75 to finish at 12-over 156, tied for 73rd. Joining him was freshman Tyler Rover, who fired a 1-over 73 in the final round.
The Petrels had several players golfing as individuals, led by senior Michael Sheahan, who posted his second consecutive 5-over 77 to finish at 10-over 154, tying for 61st. Junior Jake Thomas fired a 13-over 85 in the final round to come home at 22-over 166, while sophomore Logan Fuglestad posted a 22-over 94 to finish at 41-over 185.
Greensboro won the tournament at 3-over 579, with Emory finishing four strokes behind them in second. Carnegie Mellon finished in third place at six back, while North Carolina Wesleyan came in seven strokes back in fourth. After the Petrels and Panthers, Rochester, Maryville (Tennessee), LaGrange and Ferrum rounded out the top 10.
The 18 teams and 11 individuals all completed 27 holes on Saturday, leaving just nine holes for today with the rain and wind from Tropical Depression Nate bearing down on north Georgia.
The Petrels will conclude the main part of their fall schedule with a trip to Miramar Beach, Florida, for the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational at the Raven Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. That event is set to take place Oct. 15 through 17.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team finished a busy day at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club Saturday evening, as they completed 27 holes at 8 over par in a tie for sixth, 12 strokes back of first-place Greensboro with nine holes to go in the tournament. The Stormy Petrels shot 13-over 301 for the first round, but came back by getting through the first nine holes of the final round in 5 under.
Sophomore Kenny Park sits atop the leaderboard individually, finishing the day tied for first with 5 under par for the tournament after carding a 1-under 71 in the first round. Park had an outstanding day overall, highlighted by an ace on the par-three 16th in the first round. The first nine holes of his final round were even better, as he got through the course's opening nine holes at 4 under par, which included an eagle on the third and birdies on the first and seventh. Park is tied with Ferrum's Lance Keiser, Emory's Matt Organisak and North Carolina Wesleyan's Grady Anderson for first place.
Freshman Anthony DeRosa posted a 1-over 73 in the first round and ended the day at even par, putting him five strokes back of the first-place tie. He finished the day tied for 16th. Junior Jacob Arnett fired a 4-over 76 for the opening round, but was even par through nine holes in the final round, putting him in a tie for 42nd. Junior Kyle Shealy carded a 9-over 81 for the first round, but was even through nine in the second. Meanwhile, freshman Tyler Rover recovered from an 11-over 83 in the opening round to get through the first nine holes of the second round in even par, as well.
The Petrels had a few golfers performing as individuals, as well. Senior Michael Sheahan led that group, putting himself in the top half of the field with a 4 over par on the day and a 5-over 77 for the first round. He finished Saturday tied with Arnett for 42nd overall. Junior Jake Thomas recorded a 9-over 81 for the first round and finished the day at 18 over, while sophomore Logan Fuglestad shot a 19-over 91 in the opening round and finished the day at 28 over par.
Greensboro sits in the lead at 4 under, with Emory and North Carolina Wesleyan tied for second four strokes behind that. Carnegie Mellon finished the day in fourth, nine strokes back, and Rochester came in fifth, 11 back. Oglethorpe sits tied for sixth with Ferrum, while Birmingham-Southern, Southwestern (Texas) and Piedmont round out the top 10.
The 18 teams and 11 individuals all completed 27 holes on the day Saturday. With Hurricane Nate forecast to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Flowery Branch and the rest of north Georgia on Sunday, the tournament will be completed with just nine holes in the morning.