The Oglethorpe women's golf team rounded out their fall season with one of their best overall performances of the autumn, playing through a driving rain for much of the week to finish fourth at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational with an 84-over 660 after posting a 44-over 332 over the course of Tuesday's final round at the Coosa Country Club in Rome, Georgia. That result put them 50 strokes back of champions Dalton State for the tournament.
Dealing with a driving rain and windy conditions for much of the week, the Petrels The Petrels were led for the event by freshman Katie Hanley, who posted back-to-back scores of seven-over 79 to post an impressive top 10 finish, her 14-over 158 tying her for ninth. She finished nine strokes back of individual medalist Katie Dalton of Dalton State. Freshman Cassidy Stepanek posted a 14-over 86 to finish with a 22-over 166 for the tournament and in a tie for 16th, 17 back of Dalton. Fellow freshman Vicki Kwak featured the most improvement from the first round to the second, slicing seven strokes off her opening round to come in at 10-over 82 for the day and coming in tied for 25th with a 27-over 171. Junior Elizabeth Kim finished tied with Kwak for 25th after posting a 17-over 89 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, freshman Haley Willman rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 13-over 85 on Tuesday, finishing tied for 29th for the tournament after a 28-over 172.
The Stormy Petrels had a secondary team full of golfers performing as individuals in the event, as well, and they combined a 74-over 362 and a 73-over 361 to finish ninth with a 147-over 723. The squad was led by junior Elizabeth Burns, who posted a 13-over 85 on Tuesday to finish tied for 25th with Kwak and Kim with a 27-over 171. Freshman Lisa van der Ross posted a 94 on Tuesday and finished at 171, freshman Quinn Mitchell lopped 10 strokes off of her Day 1 score with an 89 on Tuesday and finished at 188, senior Mary Roberts posted a 93 on Tuesday and a 189 for the tournament, and sophomore Sophia German posted a 99 and finished at 191 for the tournament.
Dalton State took the title with a 34-over 610 while Methodist came in first among Division III teams 19 strokes back of that. Tennessee Wesleyan came in third, 42 strokes back of Dalton State and eight strokes ahead of the Petrels, while hosts Berry finished 10 back of Oglethorpe in fifth.
"In the type of conditions we faced this week, that was a fantastic performance by the girls to finish the fall season," said Assistant Golf Coach Eric Quinn. "I was happy with how competitive we were against the other Division III teams in the field, beating all but Methodist, who would have been very difficult to catch given the scores they put up. Overall, we showed great improvement over the course of the fall season and it culminated in probably our best tournament so far. We have a very young team, and getting them tournament experience and watching them improve this fall will hopefully bode well for the spring. We'll keep working over the winter break and be ready to go in March."
This concludes the fall season for the Petrels. They'll now get set for the beginning of the spring season March 7-8 at the Callaway Women's Collegiate in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team posted a solid first round score of 40-over 328 at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in rainy conditions at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Georgia, Monday, putting them in a tie for fourth with host side Berry, 24 strokes back of leaders Dalton State after 18 holes.
The Stormy Petrels were led on the day by freshman Katie Hanley, who carded an opening round of seven-over 79 to put herself in a tie for ninth, just six strokes back of leader Julia McQuilken of Dalton State. She was closely followed by fellow freshman Cassidy Stepanek, who came in a stroke under that at eight-over 80, putting herself in a tie for 11th, seven strokes back. Junior Elizabeth Kim also enjoyed a solid day, carding a 10-over 82 to put herself in a tie for 19th, nine strokes back. Freshman Haley Willman also finished in the top half of the field after Day 1, tying for 29th with a 15-over 87, while freshman Vicki Kwak rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 17-over 89.
The Petrels also had a second team made up of individual competitors, and this team was led by junior Elizabeth Burns, who finished Day 1 tied for 27th with a 14-over 86. Freshman Lisa van der Ross also wound up the opening day in the top half of the field, finishing tied for 33rd at 16-over 88. Sophomore Sophia German came in with a first-round 92, senior Mary Roberts posted a 96, and freshman Quinn Mitchell finished her day at 99.
Dalton State holds the 18-hole lead with a 16-over 304 with Methodist four strokes back as the best Division III team of the opening round. Tennessee Wesleyan stands in third place, 13 back of Methodist, while the Petrels and Berry are seven back of third.
The Petrels will be back on the course Tuesday, with another rainy day forecast, to complete the Chick-fil-A Collegiate and look to move up the leaderboard.