The Oglethorpe men's golf team completed their stay at the NCAA Division III Men's Fall Preview with a 16th-place finish, firing a 14-over-par 302 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 64-over 928, 62 strokes back of champions Emory. The Stormy Petrels were in tough amidst a stacked tournament field, 12 of the 18 teams competing were ranked in the preseason coaches' poll, and were unable to get untracked over the course of the two days.
Sophomore Anthony DeRosa led the way for the Petrels on the week, shooting an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish the event tied for 16th at 7-over 223, 12 strokes back of Washington and Lee's Brian Peccie for the individual championship. Senior Jacob Arnett recovered nicely over the final 36 holes after a tough opening round, finishing the 54-hole event on Tuesday with a 2-under 70 over the final 18. That put him in a tie for 28th at 11-over 227, 16 back of the lead. Those were the only two Petrels to crack the top half of the tournament field.
Senior Kyle Shealy shot a 5-over 77 on the day and finished at 22-over 238 for the tournament, while freshman Sean Fromme posted a 27-over 243 over 54 holes and freshman Justin Vincent came in at 30-over 246.
"We just couldn't get things going this week," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "The tournament started in tough conditions on Monday morning and we didn't handle it particularly well. That made the rest of the two days an uphill climb and we never really could turn the corner and work our way back into any kind of contention. We'll regroup and get ready for our Royal Lakes tournament here in a couple weeks."
Emory won the tournament by 24 strokes over second-place Wittenberg, posting a 2-over 866 for the event. Washington and Lee tied for third with Illinois Wesleyan at 892 while Huntingdon came in fifth at 893. Carnegie Mellon, Guilford, Rhodes, Hope and Berry rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action Oct. 1 and 2 from Flowery Branch, Georgia, where they'll host the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team had a tough 36 holes to open the NCAA Division III Men's Fall Preview in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Monday, firing a two-round score of 50-over-par 626 at the Keene Trace Golf Club to finish the day in 15th place, 49 strokes back of leaders Emory. The Stormy Petrels shot a 19-over 307 in Monday's second round, slicing 12 strokes off their first-round score. However, they still dropped a couple spots on the leaderboard from the first to the second round, as the scores of the field improved over the second 18 holes.
Sophomore Anthony DeRosa led the Petrels, finishing the day tied for 25th to come in 11 strokes back of Ohio Wesleyan's Shane Hoban, the individual leader through 36 holes. DeRosa put up a 2-over 74 in the opening round Monday morning. He followed that up with a 5-over 77 in Round 2, and the combined 7-over 151 was good enough to put him in the top 25. He was the only Petrel to finish the day in the top half of the field.
Seniors Jacob Arnett and Kyle Shealy both followed up disappointing first rounds with solid afternoon sessions. Arnett shot 2-over 74 in the second round, while Shealy posted 4-over 76. However, they finished the day at 13-over 157 and 17-over 161, respectively. Freshman Sean Fromme posted 16-over 160 and fellow freshman Justin Vincent came in at 18-over 162.
Emory finised the day atop the leaderboard by 16 strokes after posting a 1-over 577 on the day. Wittenberg and Carnegie Mellon finished the day tied for second at 593, Huntingdon came in fourth at 594, and Washington and Lee completed the second round in fifth at 600. Illinois Wesleyan, Guilford, Otterbein, Rhodes and Hope rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will hit the course at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for the final round, as they'll look to move up the leaderboard over the event's final 18 holes.