The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed its best result of the fall season this week at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome, finishing second place among 13 teams with a 49-over-par 625 over 36 holes and a 28-over 316 on Tuesday to come in just four strokes back of champions Shorter, a Division II school.
Sophomore Angel Sanchez shared the individual medal with Shorter's Paula Oviedo after firing a 2-day total of 6-over 150. She recorded a 5-over 77 on Tuesday, carding an eagle on the par-five 13th of the Coosa Country Club course. It marked Sanchez's first win of the season.
She wasn't the only Stormy Petrel to finish in the top five, though. Senior Hailey Willman used a 3-over 75 on Tuesday to finish third at 8-over 152, just two strokes behind the first-place tie. Junior Mara Tiger finished three strokes back of that in a tie for fourth. She posted a 7-over 79 to finish the tournament with an 11-over 155.
Sophomore Alivia Mattiace shot a 14-over 86 on the day to fall to a tie for 38th, but remained in the top half of the tournament field. She finished with a total of 25-over 169. Junior Maria Luisa Ferreyros posted an 85 on the day to finish tied for 42nd.
The Petrels finished 11 strokes ahead of Birmingham-Southern, who finished in third place. Milligan finished 27 strokes back in fourth and hosts Berry 28 back in fifth. Huntingdon, York (Pennsylvania), Piedmont, Truett McConnell and Brenau rounded out the top 10.
Oglethorpe concludes their fall season and will now head into the winter break. They'll return March 1 at another tournament hosted by Berry, the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed one of its best rounds of the fall season Monday at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome, posting a 21-over-par 309 at Coosa Country Club to lead the tournament by a stroke over Birmingham-Southern headed into the tournament's final round on Tuesday.
Sophomore Angel Sanchez held the individual lead after 18 holes, posting a 1-over 73 to come in with a 1-stroke lead over Birmingham-Southern's Emma Phillips. She carded five birdies over the course of the round.
Junior Mara Tiger also had an outstanding round, carding three birdies en route to a 4-over 76, putting her in a fourth-place tie three strokes back of the lead. Meanwhile, senior Hailey Willman recorded a 5-over 77 to come in tied for sixth, four back of the lead.
Sophomore Alivia Mattiace finished the day in the top half of the field, as well, firing an 11-over 83 to finish tied for 26th.
The Petrels also had four golfers competing as individuals, and they were led by freshman Graci Hallenbeck. She finished tied with Mattiace for 26th after firing an 83 of her own.
Oglethorpe finished the day a stroke ahead of Birmingham-Southern for first. Division II Shorter came in 14 strokes back in third, hosts Berry came in 16 back in fourth, and York (Pennsylvania) and Huntingdon tied for fifth at 21 strokes back. Milligan, Brenau, Piedmont and Truett McConnell rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action Tuesday morning, when they tee off from the first hole at Coosa Country Club at 9:50 a.m.