The Oglethorpe women's golf team fired a 44-over-par 332 on Tuesday at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, dropping them to seventh for the week with a 2-day total of 75-over 651, putting them 33 strokes behind champions Rhodes. However, that finish put the team well within the top half of the tournament field, as the Stormy Petrels came in four strokes ahead of Centre for eighth and nine ahead of Sewanee for ninth. Coupled with the team's top five opening round, it was an altogether successful tournament for the Petrels.
While the Petrels were missing one of their usual top five players in sophomore Katie Hanley, the rest of the lineup stepped up on the windswept Callaway Gardens Lake View course. Sophomore Hailey Willman and freshman Mara Tiger both earned top 20 finishes. Willman carded a 4-over 76 on the day and a 12-over 156 for the tournament to finish tied for 13th, 10 strokes back of a medalist tie between Berry's Sydney Weaver and Methodist's Johnna Beehner. Meanwhile, Tiger finished tied for 16th with a 14-over 158 for the tournament, 12 strokes back of the lead. She put up an 11-over 83 on the day.
Senior Elizabeth Burns and sophomore Vickie Kwak both finished in the top 40, as well. Burns came in tied for 36th after posting a 13-over 85 on the day and a 24-over 168 on the weekend, while Kwak finished tied for 38th after a 16-over 88 on the day and a 25-over 169 for the tournament.
Senior Lisa van der Ross rounded out the Oglethorpe scorecard with a 99 on Tuesday, while freshman Ana Garcia golfed as an individual and put up a 12-over 84, knocking 12 strokes off her Day 1 scored and vaulting 14 spots up the leaderboard.
"I thought this was a very successful tournament for us, especially considering we were missing one of our normal top five players," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "We had one of the best rounds of the tournament on Monday. The course played a little bit tougher on Tuesday, but I thought we did a good job of taking what the course gave us. I think Monday showed us that we're a lot better than our ranking [34th in the Golfstat Relative Ranking coming into the weekend]. We had some off rounds in the fall, but yesterday showed we're capable of competing with some of these top teams, I think. I look forward to seeing how this group responds as the spring continues."
The Petrels will next hit the course March 17 through 19, as they travel to Jekyll Island to host the annual Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team got off to a good start in Monday's first round at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, finding themselves in fourth place through 18 holes after shooting 31-over-par 319 on the day at the Callaway Gardens Lake View course. That mark put them 13 strokes back of the lead headed into Tuesday's final round, sitting only behind national No. 2 Wittenberg (the leaders), No. 6 Berry (11 back) and No. 4 Rhodes (five back). In addition, the Petrels put themselves ahead of No. 17 Washington and Lee, No. 7 Methodist, No. 20 Huntingdon and No. 19 Centre.
Freshman Mara Tiger enjoyed a breakout day for the Stormy Petrels, finishing 18 holes tied for fifth with a 3-over 75. That mark put her just three strokes back of Berry's Sydney Weaver, who held the individual lead after Day 1. Sophomore Hailey Willman also carded a top 20 round, finishing the day in a tie for 17th after posting an 8-over 80, putting her eight strokes back. Fellow sophomore Vickie Kwak finished the day tied for 26th, putting up a 6-over 81, while senior Elizabeth Burns entered the final round tied for 34th after carding an 11-over 83.
The Petrels will be back in action on Tuesday morning, as they look to finish strong in the final round of the Callaway Gardens Collegiate. They'll take to the Lake View course at 9 a.m.