The Oglethorpe men's golf team got their spring season off to an outstanding start this week at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, earning a 5-stroke victory at the Callaway Gardens Mountain View course. The Stormy Petrels finished Monday at 3-under-par 285 for the day, putting themselves five strokes ahead of second-place Methodist headed into Tuesday's final round. The Petrels got outstanding performances from a bunch of competitors on Monday, as all four golfers who counted on the Oglethorpe scorecard put up rounds of 73 or below. That round held up, as it turned out, with bad weather forcing the cancellation of the second and final round on Tuesday. That meant that the tournament rested entirely on Monday's 18-hole round.
The Petrels got three participants on the all-tournament team. Freshman Anthony DeRosa finished in a tie for third after 18 holes on the Mountain View course, putting up a 2-under 70 on Monday. That put him a single stroke back of a first-place tie between Emory's Matt Organisak and Corrie Kuehn of Rhodes (who golfed as an individual in this tournament). DeRosa tied LaGrange's Cameron Starr for third place. Junior Jacob Arnett and sophomore Kenny Park came in just a stroke back of that in a tie for fifth after they put up rounds of 1-under 71. They came in tied for fifth, putting them in a deadlock with six other golfers at two strokes back of the lead.
Junior Kyle Shealy finished his round at 1-over 73, putting himself in good position as well. He finished tied for 16th, four strokes back of the lead.
The Petrels won the tournament by five strokes over second-place Methodist and six over third-place LaGrange. Emory in fourth, a stroke back of LaGrange, while Huntingdon came in fifth at 10 back.
"This was an outstanding way to start the spring season," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "We had put ourselves in a bit of a tough spot after the fall, but we got a victory over several teams that were ahead of us in the Golfstat rankings coming into this event, and gave ourselves a good building block for the rest of the season."
The win marks Oglethorpe's third victory of the year, after they won the SAA Fall Preview and the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in the fall. It marks their fourth win at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational, and their first since 2013.
The Petrels will be back in action March 16 through 18, when they travel to Jekyll Island to host the annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at the Jekyll Island Golf Club.