The Oglethorpe women's golf team closed out their week at the NCAA Division III Fall Preview, firing a 24-over-par 312 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 94-over 958, 32 strokes back of champions Washington (Missouri). The squad maintained their third-place position from the end of the day on Saturday and proved to be one of the best teams in the 13-team national field.
Senior Mara Tiger led the way for the Petrels on the week, shooting a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday to finish the event in a tie for fourth place at 13-over 229, earning her a spot on the all-tournament team. This tied Tiger's top individual finish in her career.
"I had a lot of fun with my competitors, and focused on one shot at a time," said the senior. Tiger went on to note that she "enjoyed seeing the course where the national championship will be held" and that it has "motivated all of us to try and get there as a team."
Freshman Sarah Hsu finished the week in eighth place after a final round 6-over 78, finishing the week at 17-over 233.
Junior Alivia Mattiace continued her good play with a final round 4-over 76, putting her in a tie for 23rd at 28-over par. Fellow junior Angel Sanchez finished tied for 41st place after a 12-over 84 in the final round. Rounding out the flock of Petrels was senior Ana Garcia, who carded a final round 82 to finish in 52nd place at 44 over.
Washington won the tournament by 11 strokes over second-place Carnegie Mellon with a 62-over 926 for the tournament. Washington and Lee followed Oglethorpe to finish in fourth, while Methodist claimed fifth.
This is the "best finish in school history in a major national tournament," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. We were "beat [only] by two projected top-five teams" in Washington and Carnegie Mellon.
"This weekend was fantastic," noted Oglethorpe assistant golf coach Eric Quinn. "We had great contributions all around."
Quinn notes some keys to success were "minimizing mistakes on the difficult course, having good discipline, and doing whatever it took to get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible."
The Petrels will tee it up again Sept. 28 and 29 in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Montgomery Country Club Women's Intercollegiate, where they will look to ride the momentum of this first event.
Day 1 Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team had a very successful 36 holes to open the NCAA Division III Fall Preview in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Saturday, firing a two-round score of 70-over-par 646 at the PGA National Resort and Spa to finish the day in third place, 28 strokes back of leaders Washington (Missouri). The Stormy Petrels posted rounds of 321 and 325 to hold onto third place throughout the day.
Senior Mara Tiger led the Petrels, finishing the day tied for fifth place, coming in four strokes back of leader Samantha Haubenstock from Washington. Tiger put up a 3-over 75 in the opening round Saturday morning. She followed that up with a 6-over 78 in Round 2, and the combined 9-over 153 was good enough to put her in the top five. Freshman Sarah Hsu was not far behind in a tie for seventh place after scores of 77 (+5) and 78 (+6) to start her college career.
Junior Alivia Mattiace finished the day in a tie for 35th after a two-round total of 24-over 168. Fellow junior Angel Sanchez carded scores of 83 (+11) and 87 (+15) and ended the day in a tie for 41st. Senior Ana Garcia totaled a 34-over 178 throughout Saturday's 36 holes to place tied for 58th.
The Petrels will look to continue their strong play as they hit the course at 8:30 a.m. Sunday for the final round of the tournament, as they look to make a statement to start their season.