The Oglethorpe women's golf team put up a solid 30-over-par 318 Sunday at the Jekyll Island Golf Club, moving them up a couple spots to 11th place among the stacked field at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. The Stormy Petrels finished the week 115-over 979 for the 54-hole event, putting themselves 45 strokes back of individual champions New York University on the Indian Mound course. The 318 was Oglethorpe's best round of the tournament, and proved to one of the top five rounds shot by a team on the day.
The Petrels got a top 20 performance from sophomore Hailey Willman, who completed a very solid week with a 6-over 78 on Sunday, putting her at 19-over 235 over 54 holes. That mark was good enough for an 11th-place tie, just five strokes back of individual champion Samantha Haubenstock of Washington (Missouri).
Meanwhile, freshman Mara Tiger shot 27 spots up the leaderboard with an outstanding 2-over 74 on Sunday, putting herself in a tie for 23rd at 23-over 239 for the tournament. Senior Elizabeth Burns completed a steady weekend of golf with a 13-over 85, putting herself in a tie for 50th at 35-over 251.
Sophomores Vickie Kwak and Katie Hanley rounded out the scorecard for Oglethorpe, with Kwak posting an 11-over 83 on the day and a 40-over 256 on the weekend, and Hanley putting up an 11-over 83 on the day and a 41-over 257 on the weekend. They finished 72nd and 74th, respectively.
NYU took the title by nine strokes over second-place Rhodes. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished third, 12 back, while Berry and Washington came in tied for fourth at 18 back. Carnegie Mellon, DePauw, Washington and Lee, Illinois Wesleyan and Methodist rounded out the top 10.
"I thought it was great to finish and start on the right note," said Oglethorpe assistant coach Eric Quinn. "This year, we've kind of found that we're a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team, but I'm very interested to see the level we can compete at if we put three solid rounds together. I thought we played great today, playing even with or better than the best teams in the field. That's what we're capable of when we're playing at our best. We'll now get ready to go to Greensboro in early April, and then for the conference tournament in late April. I think it's good to have this stretch of a couple weeks off on each side of the Greensboro Invitational so that we can really dissect our game headed into the SAA Championship. We'll face off against a very competitive field in Greensboro, and that will help us prepare, as well."
The Petrels will be back in action April 3 and 4 for the Callaway Golf Greensboro College Spring Invitational at Bryan Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. After that, they'll prepare for the SAA Championship in Arkansas in late April.
Second Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team faltered a bit on Day 2 at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational Saturday, posting a 52-over-par 340 on the Jekyll Island Golf Club's Indian Mound course to drop to a tie for 13th at 85-over 661 over 36 holes, 45 strokes behind first-place New York University.
Sophomore Hailey Willman maintained her top 20 position after posting a 12-over 84 on the day, putting herself in a tie for 16th at 13-over 157, eight strokes back of individual leader Patty Treevichaphan. Freshman Mara Tiger put up a 13-over 85 on the day Saturday, dropping into a tie for 50th at 21-over 165. Senior Elizabeth Burns carded a 12-over 84 for the round to finish the day tied for 57th at 22-over 166. Meanwhile, sophomores Vickie Kwak and Katie Hanley put up rounds of 15-over 87 and 16-over 88, respectively, rounding out the Oglethorpe scorecards for the day.
Rhodes sits in second place after two days, nine strokes behing NYU, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is in third place, 14 back. Washington (Missouri) and Berry enter the final round in fourth and fifth place at 16 and 21 strokes back, respectively. DePauw, Methodist, Carnegie Mellon, Sewanee and Illinois Wesleyan round out the top 10.
The Petrels will take to the Indian Mound course Sunday morning to complete their stay on Jekyll Island. They're scheduled to tee off at 9:40 a.m.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed a very solid day at the Jekyll Island Golf Club Friday to start the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. The Stormy Petrels shot a 33-over-par 321 on the Indian Mound course on Friday, putting themselves just seven strokes back of leaders Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Meanwhile, sophomore Hailey Willman finished the day in first place by herself after a 1-over 73 on the afternoon, putting her two strokes ahead of Emma Kang of Claremont-M-S and Melanie Wolf of Illinois Wesleyan.
Freshman Mara Tiger joined Willman in finishing Day 1 in the top 20, posting an 8-over 80 to finish the day tied for 22nd. Senior Elizabeth Burns posted a 10-over 82 on the afternoon to enter the clubhouse tied for 42nd. Sophomore Vickie Kwak and Katie Hanley also competed for the Petrels on the day, both posting rounds of 14-over 86.
Claremont-M-S holds the 18-hole lead with Washington (Missouri) coming in a couple strokes behind that. New York University is in third, four strokes back, while Rhodes and Carnegie Mellon sit in a tie for fourth, five strokes back. The Petrels sit a stroke up on a seventh-place tie between Washington and Lee and Illinois Wesleyan, two up on ninth-place DePauw, and three up on 10th-place Huntingdon.
The day started with a 2-hour frost delay, as Jekyll Island experienced some unseasonably cold weather over the course of the week, but all 23 teams got their full rounds in. Oglethorpe will hit the Indian Mound course at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.