The Oglethorpe women's golf team finished their stay at the Bash at the Beach dual match in Daytona Beach, Florida, Sunday with a final-round 355 on the difficult LPGA International course, finishing the weekend at 698, coming in behind hosts Embry-Riddle.
The Stormy Petrels saw freshman Vickie Kwak earn a top five finish at the event. She fired a 9-over-par 82 on Sunday and finished with a 14-over 160, coming in 10 strokes back of individual medalist MacKenzie Cunningham of Embry-Riddle. Freshman Hailey Willman, who golfed as an individual, and junior Elizabeth Burns finished in the top 10, as well. Willman fired a 10-over 83 on Sunday to complete the two days at 18-over 164 and finish sixth, while Burns shot a 15-over 88 to come in at 26-over 172 for the weekend and finish ninth.
Sophomore Sophia German fired a 91 on Sunday to finish tied for 12th with a 37-over 183, while senior Mary Roberts also came in tied for 12th with a second-round 94. Freshman Lisa van der Ross posted her second consecutive 92 while golfing as an individual.
"I thought we played well overall, given the course and the level of competition," said Oglethorpe assistant coach Eric Quinn. "Embry-Riddle is a Division II team, so that presented us with some tough competition, and the course was a very difficult course. It's about 300 yards longer than we're used to for Division III competition and we had a tough breeze this weekend, as well. All in all, though, I think this was a useful experience headed into the SAA Tournament. We now know what we need to do to prep for the conference tournament. Our short game will be a focus of ours over the next two weeks, as will hitting a few more greens in regulation. We'll get back to work and be ready in a couple weeks."
The Petrels will now prepare for the SAA Women's Golf Championship, which will take place April 22 through 24 at the Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
First round recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team fired a 51-over-par 343 in Round 1 at the Bash at the Beach dual match Saturday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. The result put them 29 strokes back of hosts Embry-Riddle through the opening 18 holes.
The Stormy Petrels got a very solid performance from freshman Vickie Kwak, who posted a 5-over 78 on the par-73 course to sit third after the first round, just four strokes back of Embry-Riddle's Fatima Carriles for the event lead. Fellow freshman Hailey Willman, golfing as an individual, came in fifth for the day with a 8-over 81, while junior Elizabeth Burns fired an 11-over 84 to tie for sixth. Senior Mary Roberts tied for 10th on the day, posting a 16-over 89, while sophomore Sophia German rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 92, tying for the 12th. Lisa van der Ross posted the same number golfing as an individual.
The Petrels will be back in action from Daytona Beach on Sunday, when they continue their dual match with Embry-Riddle at LPGA International.