The Oglethorpe men's golf team enjoyed a solid final round Tuesday at the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in Flowery Branch, firing a 6-over-par 294 to wind up the tournament at even-par 576. However, Babson shot 293 for the day, one better than the Stormy Petrels, while Hampden-Sydney, Guilford and McDaniel all shot under 290. Those scores resulted in the Petrels falling to a tie for fifth, 17 strokes back of champion Hampden-Sydney.
The Petrels struggled a bit on the front nine. Junior Kenny Park performed well over the opening nine holes, finishing them at three under with an eagle and a birdie. However, nobody else on the Petrels' five-player scorecard finished the front nine at even or below par.
The squad proved better on the back nine. Sophomore Isley McClure birdied three of his final four holes and went two strokes under par on the back nine, while freshman Britt Pero and sophomore Justin Rickerson each carded two birdies over the final nine holes. Rickerson recorded par or better on his final seven and both players were at even par over the back nine.
Park finished his 36 holes tied for fourth at 5-under 139, just three strokes off the pace of LaGrange's Ben Womack, the individual champion. Pero finished his round at 3-over 75, but stood at even-par 144 over 36 holes and came in tied for 23rd. McClure had the best round by a member of the Petrels' five-man team, posting a 1-under 71, and finished tied for 27th at 1-over 145. Rickerson posted 4-over 76 and tied for 41st at 4-over 148, while freshman Connor Murphy posted a 6-over 78 on the day and tied for 66th at 9-over 153.
Of the seven Oglethorpe golfers competing as individuals, junior Logan Fuglestad had the best tournament. He shot even-par 72 on the day and finished tied for 36th for the week. Senior Sean Fromme posted a 1-under 71 on the day and finished the week tied for 49th. Junior Tyler Rover carded seven birdies for the round, which he finished at 1-over 73. He finished the week tied for 52nd.
The Petrels will have a quick turnaround, as they'll travel to Miramar Beach, Florida, over the weekend for the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. That 54-hole tournament gets started in earnest on Sunday and runs through next Tuesday.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe men's golf team got off to a good start at the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational Monday at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in Flowery Branch, firing 6-under-par 282 to finish the opening round tied for third at four shots back of leader Hampden-Sydney. The Stormy Petrels sit even with Babson, two shots back of second-place Guilford, and two shots ahead of fifth-place California Lutheran headed into Tuesday's final round.
The Petrels got a birdie and an eagle from junior Kenny Park, as well as a birdie from sophomore Justin Rickerson, over the opening three holes to get off on the right track. Over the course of the front nine, Park totaled the eagle and three birdies while freshman Britt Pero added three birdies of his own. Rickerson added a couple birdies in total, too, and the Petrels were two under par over the opening nine holes as a team.
They played even better on the back nine, with Park tallying a pair of birdies and no bogeys, Pero carding four birdies, and Rickerson parring every single hole on the back nine.
Park finished the day tied for second after posting a 5-under 67. That put him just a stroke back of Guilford's Addison Manring for the lead. Pero wound up the day tied for seventh at 3-under 69, while Rickerson will enter the final round tied for 22nd at even-par 72. Sophomore Isley McClure shot 2-over 74 to tied for 43rd, while freshman Connor Murphy tied for 51st out of 102 participants with a 3-over 75.
The Petrels also had seven golfers competing as individuals on the day. This group was led by freshman Michael O'Sullivan, who tied for 43rd with a 2-over 74. Junior Logan Fuglestad carded a pair of birdies over his final four holes and finished with a 75, while freshman Ned Narula and junior Tyler Rover both shot 5-over 77. Rover carded four birdies on the course's back nine. Senior Sean Fromme finished with a 6-over 78, while junior Walker Bottomley eagled the 18th hole to finish at 8-over 80.
Oglethorpe will be back in action Tuesday morning. The main team tees off at 9:53 a.m. from the first hole at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club.