Women's Golf Finishes Third at SAA Championship, Highest Ever SAA Finish

Women's Golf Finishes Third at SAA Championship, Highest Ever SAA Finish

The Oglethorpe women's golf team earned its best ever finish at an SAA Championship this weekend in Maumelle, Arkansas, finishing off the 54-hole tournament at Maumelle Country Club Sunday by shooting 35-over-par 327 for the day. That was good enough for a third-place finish at 101-over 977, 14 strokes back of champions Sewanee.

The Petrels' excellent weekend at the conference tournament was highlighted by three individual top 10 finishes. Sophomore Hailey Willman finished fifth overall, posting her best round of the tournament with a 4-over 77 on Sunday. That put her at 19-over 238 for the weekend and left her 11 strokes back of a tie for individual medal between Centre's Jill Edgington and Sewanee's Meghan Symonds. She also earned All-SAA First Team honors for her efforts, marking her first career all-conference honors.

Freshman Mara Tiger enjoyed an outstanding weekend, too, posting a 7-over 80 on Sunday to finish in eighth place with a 54-hole total of 23-over 242. Sophomore Katie Hanley posted an 11-over 84 on Sunday to finish at 24-over 243 for the weekend, putting her in a tie for ninth. Both golfers garnered All-SAA Second Team accolades for their first career all-conference recognition.

Sophomore Vickie Kwak and senior Elizabeth Burns both also earned spots in the tournament's top 25. Kwak finished tied for 19th after carding a 13-over 86 on Sunday to round out the weekend at 35-over 254. Burns finished 24th by herself after getting around the course with a 13-over 86 on the day, putting her at 39-over 258 for the 54-hole event.

Golfing as an individual, senior Lisa van der Ross continued to improve as the weekend went along. She put up her best round of the tournament on Sunday, posting a 14-over 87 on the day to finish at 59-over 278 for the tournament, putting her in 35th place.

Sewanee won the title with a 54-hole total of 87-over 963, while Rhodes came in eight strokes back of that and six ahead of the Petrels. Oglethorpe finished five strokes ahead of Centre and seven ahead of Berry, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

"I'm really proud of the way we played all weekend long," said Oglethorpe assistant coach Eric Quinn. "We hung around with a chance to win a conference championship all weekend. It was a team effort the entire time. Everyone really played for the team and did a great job of playing selfless golf. Everybody really bought into the team aspect of this weekend. I think competing for an SAA title all weekend showed us how good we can be. We've had outstanding rounds all year, but this was the first tournament where we put three outstanding rounds together. The team is starting to understand what it takes to compete at this level, and it makes me incredibly excited for next season!"

Second Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team moved into a tie for the lead Saturday at the SAA Women's Golf Championship in Maumelle, Arkansas. They fired a 31-over-par 323 at the Maumelle Country Club course for a 2-day total of 66-over 650, putting them in a tie with Berry for the lead. 

The Stormy Petrels were led on the day by sophomore Katie Hanley, who found herself in fifth place at the end of the round with a 6-over 79 for the second round on the difficult course. At 13-over 159 for the tournament, she sat seven strokes back of Berry's Sydney Weaver, the individual leader. 

Just behind Hanley sat sophomore Hailey Willman, who put up a 7-over 80 on the day for a 2-day, 15-over 161, putting her in a tie for sixth, 9 back of Weaver. Hanley and Willman weren't the only two Petrels in the top 10, either, as freshman Mara Tiger fired a 7-over 80 of her own to come in at 16-over 162 over the opening 36 holes. That proved good enough for a ninth-place tie, putting her 10 back of the lead. 

All five Petrels finished the day in the top half of the field, as sophomore Vickie Kwak posted an 11-over 84 to put herself in a tie for 16th at 22-over 168. She was joined in the top 20 by senior Elizabeth Burns, who ended the day tied for 19th after a 15-over 88 on Saturday, putting herself at 26-over 172 for the tournament.

Senior Lisa van der Ross golfed as an individual and significantly improved on her first round score, lopping 13 strokes off her opening round tally. She posted a 16-over 89 on the day to put herself at 45-over 191 for the tournament so far.

With the Petrels and Vikings tied for first, Sewanee came home in third at three strokes back of the leaders. Rhodes sat seven strokes back of the lead in fourth, while Centre concluded the second round in fifth place at 14 strokes back.

The Petrels will hit the course on Sunday morning in search of their first conference championship. They'll tee off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern as part of a shotgun start at Maumelle Country Club.

First Round Recap

The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed an excellent day at the SAA Golf Championships in Maumelle, Arkansas, Friday, shooting a 35-over-par 327 in the tournament's opening round at Maumelle Country Club, putting them just four strokes back of leader Centre in third place.
 
The Stormy Petrels put their entire lineup in the tournament's top 15 through 18 holes, facilitating the team's top three position. Sophomore Katie Hanley finished the day in sixth place individually, putting herself just six strokes back of Sewanee's Meghan Symonds, the individual leader. Hanley fired a 7-over 80 on the day. She was followed closely by fellow sophomore Hailey Willman, who put up an 8-over 81 to put herself in seventh place, seven back of the lead. Freshman Mara Tiger finished the day tied for eighth with a 9-over 82 on the day, putting her eight back of the lead, while sophomore Vickie Kwak and senior Elizabeth Burns finished the day tied for 12th with rounds of 11-over 84, putting them 10 back of the lead. Senior Lisa van der Ross competed as an individual for the Petrels, posting a 29-over 102 on the day.

Centre sits in first place after Day 1, having shot a 31-over 323 on the day. Sewanee sits in second place, a stroke back, while the Petrels find themselves four back of Centre and three back of Sewanee. Berry ends the day fourth, nine back of the Petrels, while Rhodes sits fifth, 12 back of Oglethorpe.

The Petrels will be back on the Maumelle Country Club course Saturday at 10:21 a.m. Eastern when Van Der Ross tees off as an individual. Burns will tee off to start the full team's day at 10:30.

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