The Oglethorpe women's golf team closed out their regular season in outstanding fashion Monday in Dickson, Tennessee, as they fired a 23-over-par 315 to finish second at the Sewanee Spring Invitational. The Stormy Petrels completed 36 holes in 52-over-par 636, placing them just a single stroke back of tournament winner Berry. The Petrels finished ahead of five teams ranked above them on the Golfstat Relative Rankings, two of them SAA schools (Sewanee and Birmingham-Southern), en route to the second place finish.
Freshman Angel Sanchez finished tied for third at the tournament, posting 8-over 154 over 36 holes to put her just three strokes behind Sewanee's Meghan Symonds, the individual medalist. Sanchez shot 6-over 79 on the day.
Meanwhile, sophomore Mara Tiger had the best round by a Petrel on Monday, converting four birdies and shooting an impressive 2-over 75 to vault 21 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 15th, 10 strokes back of Symonds. Tiger shot 15-over 161 for the tournament.
Freshman Alivia Mattiace recovered from a first round 90 to card 3-over 76 on Monday, vaulting 20 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 31st. She shot 20-over 166 for the tournament. Sophomore Ana Garcia entered the clubhouse with an 18-over 164 for the tournament, putting her in the top half of the field, as well, at a tie for 23rd after a 13-over 86 on Monday.
Junior Hailey Willman posted a 12-over 85 on Monday to finish the tournament in 36th place at 21-over 167.
Berry won the tournament with a 51-over 635 over 36 holes. Sewanee finished third, five strokes behind that and four behind the Petrels, while Methodist, Birmingham-Southern and Huntingdon finished tied for fourth, seven back of Berry. Denison, Transylvania, Texas-Dallas and St. Catherine rounded out the top 10, finishing in a range from 18 to 29 strokes back of the lead.
"This was a great weekend for us, especially headed into the conference tournament next week," said Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "We played very well despite the fact that it was our first time seeing the course. We got a lot of confidence headed into the SAA tournament, and we'll have a lot of good vibes going around the golf course as we get started that weekend. The big thing that came from this tournament is that we really are a team, not a group of individuals. Anybody on our team one through five can contribute to our success. It's great to have a full team to rely on headed into the tournament next weekend."
The Petrels will be heading right back to Greystone Golf Club April 20 through 22 for the SAA Golf Championships. They'll compete for their first conference title and look to nab the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship with it. The Petrels will host the latter tournament May 8 through 11 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed a good first day at the Sewanee Spring Invitational Sunday, getting around the Greystone Golf Club course with a 29-over-par 321. That put them a single stroke back of a first-place tie between SAA rivals Sewanee and Berry after 18 holes at the two-day event, taking place in Dickson, Tennessee.
Freshman Angel Sanchez came up big for the Petrels on Sunday, carding 2-over 75 to put herself in a tie for the individual lead with Sewanee's Meghan Symonds. Sophomore Ana Garcia earned her way into the top five, as well, posting a 5-over 78 to put her in a fifth-place tie, just three back of Sanchez and Symonds.
Junior Hailey Willman posted a 9-over 82 on Sunday to put herself in a tie for 19th, seven back of the lead. Sophomore Mara Tiger posted a 13-over 86 to finish the day in a tie for 37th, while fellow freshman Alivia Mattiace carded a 17-over 90 to put herself in a tie for 52nd.
Behind the tournament's top three, Huntingdon sits three back in fourth and Texas-Dallas seven back in fifth. Methodist, Denison, Birmingham-Southern, St. Catherine and Transylvania round out the top 10, ranging from 8 to 18 strokes back.
The Petrels will be back in action on Monday, when they'll tee off from Dickson at 9 a.m. Eastern. The day will feature a shotgun start with the entire field on the course at once.