The Oglethorpe women's golf team held on to eighth place at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Tuesday afternoon, securing a top 10 finish at the Lake View course at Callaway Gardens and improving on Monday's 338 with a 41-over-par 325, putting them 62 strokes back of champions Rhodes, the No. 5 team in the nation.
The Petrels played very well all day on the challenging course, entering the 18th hole at 29-over-par for the day after finishing the first round at 54-over. The last hole did not go well for the Stormy Petrels, as they were forced to count a 12-over-par on their scorecard for the hole in total. However, finishing near 30-over on the day would've given them a chance to move up the leaderboard to sixth or seventh and they still improved on their Day 1 score by 13 strokes, showing the depth of their improved play on Tuesday.
Individually, freshman Haley Willman finished ninth for the Petrels, coming in at 3-over-par 74 for the day, a score which put her at 12-over 154 for the tournament, seven strokes back of Franzi Knoetsch, the individual medalist from South Carolina-Beaufort.
Fellow freshman Vicki Kwak also garnered a top 20 individual finish, coming in 18th after a 5-over 76 on the day and an 18-over 160 for the event. That placed her 13 back of Knoetsch.
Freshman Katie Hanley finished in a tie for 53rd, coming in 34-over 176 for the tournament. Meanwhile, sophomore Sophia German and junior Elizabeth Burns finished tied for 69th and alone in 71st, respectively. German finished at 39-over 181 and Burns came in at 40-over 182 after knocking 12 strokes off her first-round score on Tuesday.
Senior Mary Roberts competed as an individual and came in tied for 58th, posting a 2-round total of 35-over 177.
"On the whole, I thought the day was a success," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "We played very well leading up to the 18th hole, and were striking the ball great all day. I think we got a little tired on the 18th, and it does provide us with something to build on headed toward our next tournament on Jekyll Island. We'll work a bit on persevering over the next couple of weeks and be ready to hopefully pull out a top 10 finish at Jekyll."
The Petrels finished within 30 strokes of No. 13 Huntingdon and within 15 of No. 4 Sewanee, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. No. 23 Methodist came in sixth, just 12 ahead of the Petrels. Oglethorpe finished fourth among SAA schools at the tournament, with Centre coming in seventh, hosts Berry 13th, and Birmingham-Southern 15th.
The Petrels will compete in the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational March 18 through 20 at the Indian Mound course on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Round 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team finds themselves in eighth place after Day 1 of the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In the team's first round of competitive golf of the spring season, they put up a 55-over-par round of 339 on the Lake View course at Callaway Gardens, coming in 31 strokes back of first-place Rhodes, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, and just four back of No. 23 Methodist and 10 back of No. 4 Sewanee. That also put them ahead of SAA rivals Birmingham-Southern and Berry, the hosts of the event.
Individually, freshman Haley Willman led the way for the Stormy Petrels. She ended Day 1 tied for 11th after posting a 9-over-par 80, putting her seven back of the individual leader, Franzi Knoetsch of South Carolina Beaufort. Freshman Vicki Kwak came in tied for 33rd with a 14-over-par 85, placing her 12 back of the lead. Fellow freshman Katie Hanley added to the performance among the Oglethorpe newcomers, tying for 40th on Day 1 with a 15-over-par 86. Senior Mary Roberts also placed in the top half of the field while golfing as an individual, putting up a 16-over-par round of 87. Sophomore Sophia German finished Day 1 tied for 46th, while junior Elizabeth Burns came in tied for 78th.
Coming in behind Rhodes, Cumberlands (Kentucky) sits nine strokes back of the Lynx at 33-over-par, while South Carolina Beaufort sits third, three strokes back of that. Huntingdon sits fourth, 18 strokes back of Rhodes, while SAA rival Centre sits 20 back in fifth.
The Petrels will be back in action at Callaway Gardens Tuesday, when they'll take the Lave View course again for the final round of the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational.