Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team concluded his week at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships on Friday with a 6-over-par 78, moving to 6-over 294 on the week and finishing tied for 24th. That marked his highest finish at an NCAA Championships, and his 294 served as his best score at a national championship. He finished nine strokes back of Logan Young of Concordia (Texas) and Brian Peccie of Washington and Lee, who contested a 3-hole playoff for the individual medal.
Arnett didn't get his final round off to a great start on the East Course at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina, bogeying the first hole and suffering a double bogey on the second. He parred five of the next six holes, but did card a bogey on the fifth to fall to four over on the day. Then, he recorded bogeys on both sides of the turn, falling to six over. He responded with his best 5-hole stretch of the round, though, as he birdied the 11th and 14th while parring the other three holes of that stretch. That allowed him to improve to four over on the day. He suffered a double bogey on the 16th, which played as the most difficult hole of the tournament's 36 over the course of the week. Arnett recorded par on his final two holes to finish the day with a 78.
"Overall, this was a very good week, and to finish in the top 25 of a national tournament, amidst a field featuring the top players in the nation, is an impressive feat," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "I know Jake was a bit disappointed that he couldn't maintain his top 10 standing from the first three rounds, but I was proud of the way he ground out a 78 today despite not having his 'A' game. He'll go into his senior year as one of the nation's top returning golfers, and I look forward to seeing him and the rest of the team come back strong next season."
Peccie defeated Young in a 3-hole playoff for the individual medal, while Methodist won its record-tying 12th Division III championship by 11 strokes over Washington and Lee.
Third Round Recap
Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team remained in the top 10 Thursday in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was competing at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. He fired a 2-over-par 74 on the day to stay in excellent position headed into Friday's final round. The Stormy Petrel found himself tied for ninth at even-par 216 over the first 54 holes, putting him seven strokes back of Washington and Lee's Brian Peccie, the tournament leader.
Arnett took a minor step back from the pair of 71s he shot over the tournament's first two days. However, he still played steady golf, not scoring worse than a bogey on any hole for the second straight day. He began his day with a bogey on the first hole of Grandover Resort's East Course. He followed that up with a birdie, though, and proceeded to par three straight holes after that. He bogeyed the par-5 sixth, then came back with a par and birdie on the next two holes before finishing his front nine with a bogey on the ninth. He was one over on the back nine, as well, as he parred five of the first six holes and birdied the other one, but came in with back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17.
He sat as part of a 4-way tie for ninth at the end of the day, with Hope's Josh Gibson (the defending individual national champion), Methodist's Larkin Gross, and Alex Wrenn of Claremont-M-S. Greensboro's Levi Grogan finished the day in second at three back of the lead, and Otterbein's Austin Wells and Methodist's Dan Shepherd finished tied for third at four back. A pair of golfers from schools in Texas, Texas-Tyler's Sam Hill and Concordia's Logan Young, came in tied for fifth at five back. Transylvania's Blake Young and Wittenberg's Ryan Mallette finished the day tied for seventh, six strokes back.
On the team side of things, Methodist held a 10-stroke lead over Washington and Lee in search of their record-tying 12th national title.
Arnett will again tee off at 9:10 a.m. on Friday, and will get his round started on the first hole of the East Course. He looks to earn his first career NCAA top 10, and the school's first since Anthony Maccaglia finished third in 2015.
Second Round Recap
Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team continued to play well Wednesday at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. He fired his second consecutive 1-under-par 71 to put himself at 2-under 142 for the tournament and just three back of the lead of Otterbein's Austin Wells. That put him in a tie for eighth entering Thursday's third round at Grandover Resort.
Arnett played the championship East Course on Wednesday, and had his round start over two hours earlier than previously scheduled due to bad weather necessitating a shotgun start at 11 a.m. He started his round on the course's 12th hole and proceeded to par his first four before suffering a bogey on the 16th. He recovered nicely from that minor miscue, though, parring the next six holes to put him a stroke over par going into the course's fifth hole. He bogeyed that to go two over par, but promptly went on his best run of the round. He birdied the next hole, then parred Nos. 7 and 8 before putting his approach on ninth within eight feet of the hole. However, he was forced to wait on his birdie putt for about an hour as lightning in the area caused play to be suspended for a brief period. He went back out after the delay, though, and cooly sank his birdie putt to move to even par on the day. He then parred the 10th and ended his day with another birdie on the 11th.
The Stormy Petrel golfer easily made the cut as one of the six best individuals not on the top 18 teams after Wednesday's second round. That means he'll play the final two rounds at Grandover, and with that accomplished, he can focus his sights on the top of the leaderboard with just three strokes separating him and Wells.
Arnett is scheduled to tee off at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday from the first hole of the championship East Course, where the entire remaining field will contest the final two rounds.
Arnett found himself tied with Greensboro's Levi Grogan and Pacific Lutheran's Austin Darnell at two under par for the tournament at the end of the second round. Wittenberg's Ryan Mallette and Brian Peccie of Washington and Lee sit tied for second at four under while Hope's Josh Gibson, Logan Young of Concordia (Texas), Trystan Perkins of Texas-Tyler and Rosemont's Michael Lange are all tied at three under.
A playoff between North Carolina Wesleyan's Grady Anderson, Goucher's Evan Yue, Kenyon's Ryan Muthoria and Calvin's Ben VanScoyk was underway to decide the final individual playoff spot when play was suspended on Wednesday due to darkness. They'll return to the 18th hole of the East Course at 7:45 on Thursday morning to decide the final individual qualifier while the 18 qualified teams get their rounds started at 7:30 from the first and 10th tees.
First Round Recap
Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team got his stay at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships off to a good start Tuesday. He fired a 1-under-par 71 on the West Course at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina, finishing the day tied for seventh. He finished Tuesday three strokes back of Guilford's Zach Evens, the individual leader.
Arnett carded six birdies on the day, three each on the front and back nine. He got his day off to an outstanding start, as he birdied three of the first six holes of his round to go to three under par. He suffered a triple bogey on the seventh and a double bogey on the 10th, causing him to fall to two over par on the day. However, he recovered in a big way and birdied the 11th, 14th and 17th to move back to one under par and back into the top 10. He was one of 13 golfers to end the day at one under.
The day's play was suspended by lightning midway through the afternoon wave and never restarted, so the first round will have to be completed on Wednesday. The first round will resume at 8 a.m. and, after that is completed, the second round will get started with a shotgun start on each course. That is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m.
Arnett will take to the championship East Course on Wednesday, looking to continue his excellent play and move even further up the leaderboard. Exactly when and on which hole he tees off will be determined once the start time of the second round is finalized on Wednesday morning.