The Oglethorpe women's golf team fired a 42-over-par 334 Monday at the Montgomery Country Club Women's Intercollegiate in Montgomery, Alabama, slicing six strokes off their first round score. That mark was good enough for seventh place in the tournament at 90-over 674, putting them 57 strokes back of champions Sewanee. The Stormy Petrels finished 16 strokes behind sixth-place Transylvania and 13 ahead of eighth-place Piedmont.
The Petrels were led on the week by freshman Angel Sanchez, who posted a final round score of 9-over 82 to to finish at 17-over 163, good enough for an 18th-place tie at 15 strokes back of individual medalist Meghan Symonds of Sewanee. Sanchez was followed by junior Hailey Willman, who finished tied for 26th at 21-over 167 after a 15-over 88 on Monday. She finished 19 strokes off the pace.
Junior Katie Hanley carded the best round of any Oglethorpe golfer on the day, posting a 7-over 80 to vault five spots up the leaderboard and move into a tie for 29th at 23-over 169. Sophomore Mara Tiger shot a 15-over 88 on the day to wind up in a tie for 39th at 33-over 179. Sophomore Ana Garcia's score counted on the day, as she fired an 11-over 84 after suffering a disqualification on Sunday.
Sewanee won the tournament at 33-over 617, putting them two strokes ahead of second-place Berry. Huntingdon finished third at 56-over 640, while Rhodes moved into fourth at nine strokes behind that and Birmingham-Southern finished fifth at five behind Rhodes.
"We played great on the first day, but had the unfortunate disqualification that increased our score by 15 strokes on the day," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "Obviously, moving from third to sixth after Day 1 because of that does not set you up well for the second day, but I thought we held it together pretty well on Day 2. I would've liked to move up a couple spots, but at least we held onto our spot and didn't fall any. I thought we did a good job of making the best of a bad situation. We didn't have our best stuff this week, but that should give us something to fight for at Golfweek. We're hungry to show everyone what we can do. We haven't played to our potential and we want to go down to Sandestin and put up a great showing."
The Petrels will next be in action Oct. 15 through 17,, when they travel to Miramar Beach, Florida, for the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the event.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team fired a 48-over-par 340 Sunday at the Montgomery Country Club Women's Intercollegiate in Montgomery, Alabama, putting them in seventh place after the first round of the event, 33 strokes behind first-place Sewanee. The Stormy Petrels sit just five strokes behind fifth-place Rhodes and 12 ahead of eighth-place Piedmont.
Junior Hailey Willman led Oglethorpe on the day, as she posted a 6-over 79 to end the round in eighth place, four back of a first-place tie between Birmingham-Southern's Sarah Moon and Sewanee's Meghan Symonds. Freshman Angel Sanchez wasn't far behind that, finishing the day in a tie for 12th with an 8-over 81, putting her six strokes back of the lead. Junior Katie Hanley carded a 16-over 89 to finish the day 34th, while sophomore Mara Tiger recorded an 18-over 91 and came in tied for 36th.
Sewanee sits in first place with a 15-over 307, putting them 11 strokes ahead of second-place Berry. Birmingham-Southern finished the day in third, 17 back of the lead, while Huntingdon is four back of that in fourth and Rhodes an additional seven back of Huntingdon. Transylvania, the Petrels, Piedmont and Millsaps rounded out the rest of the field.
The Petrels will be back in action Monday morning, as they get started at 9:30 a.m. Eastern from the course at Montgomery Country Club.