Women's Golf Finishes Fifth at SAA Championship; Kwak Earns All-SAA Second Team Honors

Women's Golf Finishes Fifth at SAA Championship; Kwak Earns All-SAA Second Team Honors

The Oglethorpe women's golf team came in fifth at the SAA Women's Golf Championship this weekend in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, putting up a 32-over-par 324 on Sunday at Old Fort Golf Course to finish at 105-over-par 981 over the 54-hole tournament. The Stormy Petrels came in a stroke behind fourth place Centre, the No. 24 team in the country, and 66 strokes back of No. 1 Rhodes, the SAA champions.

Freshman Vickie Kwak led the Petrels on the weekend, finishing 11th at the event to secure All-SAA Second Team honors. She put up 5-over-par 78 on Sunday to finish with 21-over 240 on the weekend, putting her 19 strokes back of individual champion Emily Javadi of Sewanee. 

Freshman Katie Hanley was one of three Petrels to earn a top 20 finish on the weekend, posting 25-over 244 over 54 holes and carding a final round 11-over 84 on Sunday. Fellow freshman Hailey Willman served as the other, finishing tied for 20th at 29-over 248 after posting an 8-over 81 on the day Sunday. 

Senior Elizabeth Burns earned a top 25 finish, posting an 8-over 81 of her own to come in tied for 25th at 32-over 251. Senior Mary Roberts rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 42-over 261 on the weekend. She posted a 19-over 92 on Sunday to finish her final collegiate tournament tied for 28th. 

Sophomore Lisa van der Ross golfed as an individual for the weekend, putting up a 54-over 273 over 54 holes and a 16-over 89 on the day Sunday. She finished 39th for the 3-day event.

Rhodes won the championship on 39-over 915, while No. 5 Sewanee finished just five strokes back in second. Berry was a surprise third-place finisher, coming in 13 ahead of the Petrels and 12 ahead of fourth place Centre.

"Overall, we were kind of disappointed with our weekend," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "We had some bad breaks this weekend, but we just never really got in a groove. I think this just makes us even hungrier for next year, though. The summer will be huge for our team, to get out on the course, improve their game, and come back ready to move up the conference ranks in the fall. I have confidence that we'll be back and better than ever next season!"

"I'm proud of Vickie for earning All-SAA Second Team honors," Quinn continued. "She played very well and kept her head about her all weekend. Anytime she made a mistake, she was able to make up for it with her short game and putting. She'll work during the summer on improving her game with the rest of the team, and hopefully she can come back and make a run at All-SAA First Team next season."

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team shot a 39-over-par 331 on the day Saturday to remain in fifth place at the SAA Women's Golf Championship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Stormy Petrels totaled 73-over-par 657 over the first two days of the tournament, putting them six strokes back of fourth-place and national No. 24 Centre and 47 strokes back of leaders Sewanee, the No. 5 team in the nation, on Old Fort Golf Course. 

The Petrels were led by freshman Katie Hanley, who fired a 5-over 78 on Saturday to bring her 2-day score to 14-over 160. That put her 16 strokes back of Sewanee's Emily Javadi, the individual leader. Freshman Vickie Kwak sits in a tie for 16th with a 16-over 162 over two days. She fired a 12-over 85 on the day Saturday.

The Petrels saw two more golfers end the day in the top 25, with freshman Hailey Willman tying for 22nd and senior Mary Roberts tying for 24th. Willman posted 10-over 83 on the day for a 36-hole score of 21-over 167 while Roberts carded a 12-over 85 on the day for 23-over 169 overall.

Junior Elizabeth Burns came in just behind that, posting a 14-over 87 on the day to total a 2-day score of 24-over 170. That put her in a tie for 26th place. Sophomore Lisa van der Ross golfed as an individual, as well, posting an 18-over 91 on the day to come in at 38-over 184 for the weekend so far.

Sewanee holds the 36-hole lead at 26-over 610, putting them seven strokes ahead of No. 1 Rhodes. The Lynx sit 19 strokes up on third-place Berry, while Centre slots in in fourth position, 15 back of the Vikings.

The Petrels will hit the course at Old Fort Park one more time on Sunday morning, as they'll close out the 54-hole tournament beginning at approximately 9 a.m. Eastern. Van Der Ross will tee off as an individual at 8:57 a.m., with the main five competitors beginning with Burns at 9:06 a.m.  

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team carded a 34-over-par 326 Friday at the SAA Women's Golf Championship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, putting them in fifth place after 18 holes at the Old Fort Golf Course. The Stormy Petrels sat 23 strokes behind leaders Sewanee and three back of their closest competitor, third-place Centre.

The Petrels saw a pair of individuals finish the day in the top 20, with one of them putting themselves in the top 10. Freshman Vickie Kwak finished the round in a 3-way tie for eighth after carding a 4-over-par 77. That put her just four strokes back of the individual leader, Syndey Weaver of Berry. Fellow freshman Katie Hanley finished the day tied for 18th after an opening-round 82, putting her at nine over par and nine strokes back of the lead.

Junior Elizabeth Burns fired a 10-over 83 on the day to place herself in a tie for 22nd, 10 strokes back of the lead. Freshman Hailey Willman and senior Mary Roberts ended the day tied for 24th after putting up rounds of 11-over 84, rounding out the Oglethorpe scorecard. Sophomore Lisa van der Ross performed as an individual on the day and posted a first-round 20-over 93. 

The fifth-ranked Sewanee Tigers held the tournament lead after 18 holes, coming in at 11-over 303. No. 1 Rhodes held down second place, eight back of Sewanee, while Berry finished the day 10 back in third and No. 24 Centre wound up 20 back of Sewanee and three ahead of the Petrels in fourth.

The Petrels will be back at the Old Fort Golf Course Saturday morning, where they'll get their second round started at 8:57 a.m. Eastern on Hole 10. The main five will tee off starting with Roberts at 9:06 a.m. and ending with Kwak at 9:42 a.m.