Women's Golf Garners Highest-Ever Finish at Jekyll Island Collegiate

Women's Golf Garners Highest-Ever Finish at Jekyll Island Collegiate

The Oglethorpe women's golf team posted a 54-hole score of 80-over-par 944 at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational over the weekend, setting a program record for the lowest score attained at the Jekyll Island Collegiate. The Stormy Petrels also posted their best-ever finish at the event, coming in seventh in the 3-day tournament at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia, 42 strokes off the pace of champions Sewanee, the No. 7 team in the country, and two strokes ahead of No. 8 Washington (Missouri). The Petrels shot a 32-over 320 on the day Sunday at the Indian Mound course.

The Petrels were led by freshman Vickie Kwak, who finished tied for 18th after posting a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday and a 16-over 232 on the weekend, coming in 17 strokes behind individual champion Emily Javadi of Sewanee, who posted a tournament record 1-under 215 on the weekend. Junior Elizabeth Burns also came in in the top 25, posting 18-over 234 on the weekend to tie for 24th after coming in Sunday with an 8-over 80. 

Freshman Katie Hanley put up a 24-over 240 to come in tied for 36th with teammate Hailey Willman. Hanley carded a 7-over 79 on the afternoon while Willman posted a 14-over 86. Senior Mary Roberts put up a 42-over 258 on the weekend to round out the Oglethorpe scorecard.

The Petrels also had two individuals competing on the Indian Mound course. Freshman Lisa van der Ross carded 50-over 266 while sophomore Sophia German posted a 59-over 275 for her three days at the Jekyll Collegiate. 

Sewanee won the event at 38-over 902, while No. 22 Whitman came in second with a 50-over 914, 12 strokes back. No. 12 New York University came in at 57-over 921, No. 16 Bridgewater (Virginia) at 74-over 938, and No. 13 Huntingdon at 77-over 941. No. 17 Mary Hardin-Baylor, Oglethorpe, No. 8 Washington, No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan and No. 21 Methodist filled out the remainder of the top 10, respectively.

The Petrels finished ahead of four top 25 teams for the tournament, including No. 19 Washington and Lee in addition to Washington, Illinois Wesleyan and Methodist.

"All in all, I think it was a very successful tournament for us," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "It's the best score we've ever shot at Jekyll Island and the highest we've ever finished at the event, as well. We also hit our lowest par-72 score ever on Saturday. This team is really rounding into shape and I think we have more good golf in us. 

The Petrels will next hit the course April 8 through 10 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where they'll take part in the Bash at the Beach at LPGA International. 

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team shot up the leaderboard at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational Saturday, firing an impressive 21-over-par 309 to move up to fourth place in the 3-day event at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia. The 309 posted by the team on the Indian Mound course serves as a program record as far as rounds on par-72 courses go, and thus, a record low round for the program at the Jekyll Island tournament they host, as well. The Stormy Petrels now sit at 48-over 624 for the tournament, 25 strokes back of tournament leaders and Oglethorpe's SAA rival Sewanee.

The Petrels have two team members tied for 19th place after 36 holes, as junior Elizabeth Burns and freshman Hailey Willman both have 2-round totals of 10-over-par 154. Burns came on extremely strong on Saturday, firing a 4-over 76 to slice a couple strokes off her Friday score. Willman posted a 7-over 79 on Saturday. Both sit 11 strokes back of Sewanee's Emily Javadi and Christina Herbert of Bridgewater (Virginia), the tournament's individual leaders.

Freshman Vickie Kwak posted a second round of 8-over 78 for a 13-over 157. Meanwhile, fellow freshman Katie Hanley completed the Oglethorpe scorecard on the day while also garnering a top 60 finish, putting her in the top half of the tournament field. She currently sits in a tie for 42nd, having posted a 2-day score of 4-over 76, slicing nine off her first round score. She sits at 17-over 161 for the tournament. 

Senior Mary Roberts rounded out the Oglethorpe performers on the morning, posting a 17-over 89. The squad also had two golfers performing as individuals only on the Indian Mound course. Sophomore Sophia German put up a 14-over 86 while freshman Lisa van der Ross posted a 16-over 88. Those three sit at 172, 178 and 181 for the tournament, respectively.

The Stormy Petrels will return on Sunday to complete their stay at the Jekyll Island Golf Club and the 13th annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. They'll tee off beginning at 9:40 a.m. on the Indian Mound course, with the two individuals getting started at 8:20 a.m.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team sits in seventh place after Day 1 of the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, having fired a 27-over-par 315 for the day at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

The Stormy Petrels had a solid day Friday at the Indian Mound course, coming in 16 strokes back of Whitman for first place and 14 strokes in back of SAA rival Sewanee for second on a day with excellent scoring conditions. Freshman Hailey Willman led the Petrel squad, tying for 11th with a 3-over 75 on the difficult course and entering the clubhouse (just four strokes back of Sewanee's Emily Javadi) for first place individually. 

Junior Elizabeth Burns also enjoyed a very good round, finishing the day in a tie for 25th with a 6-over 78. Freshman Vickie Kwak posted a 7-over 79, coming in third among Petrels and putting herself in a tie for 29th over the first round of the tournament. 

Senior Mary Roberts came in tied for 55th with an 11-over 83, rounding out the Oglethorpe scorecard for the day. Freshman Katie Hanley finished the day in a tied for 64th with a 13-over 85.

Whitman, the No. 22 team in the nation, holds the 18-hole lead after posting an 11-over 299. They're followed by No. 7 Sewanee, No. 16 Bridgewater (Virginia) and No. 12 New York University, who sit two, nine and 11 strokes back, respectively. Randolph-Macon and No. 17 Mary Hardin-Baylor sit tied for fifth, just a single stroke ahead of the Petrels. Oglethorpe finished the day ahead of No. 8 Washington (Missouri), No. 13 Huntingdon, No. 21 Methodist, No. 20 Illinois Wesleyan and No. 19 Washington and Lee. 

The Petrels will again hit the course Saturday morning, as they'll look to move up the leaderboard. Oglethorpe will get their second round started at 9:30 a.m. at the Indian Mound course.

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