The Oglethorpe women's golf team secured the program's first-ever victory in a full-field tournament Tuesday, completing a wire-to-wire win at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome with a 19-over-par 307 on Tuesday to secure a 2-stroke win over Division II Shorter and a 6-stroke win over their nearest Division III competitor, third-place Centre. The Petrels finished at 35-over 611 for the tournament.
The Stormy Petrels got excellent play on the front nine of the Coosa Country Club course, as senior Mara Tiger shot even par and junior Angel Sanchez shot a stroke over par through the ninth hole. They then finished strong on the tournament's final two holes, as the four top golfers on the Oglethorpe scorecard tallied a total of 2 over par on the two holes in order to hold off Shorter for the win.
Freshman Sarah Hsu picked up the first win of her career, shooting 4-over 76 on the day to tie with Spring Hill's Claire Landry for the individual medal at 4-over 148 for the tournament. The pair finished a stroke ahead of a third-place tie.
Senior Ana Garcia earned a top 10 finish, shooting a 5-over 77 on the day to tie for 10th at 9-over 153 for the tournament, five strokes back of the individual medalists. Tiger and Sanchez both earned top 20 finishes, as well. Tiger shot 5-over 77 on the day to finish 18th at 10-over 154, while Sanchez posted a 5-over 77 on the day to finish the week tied for 20th at 12-over 156. They finished six and eight strokes back, respectively.
Sophomore Alivia Mattiace finished in the top half of the field, as well, shooting 9-over 81 on the day and finishing tied for 41st at 21-over 165 for the week.
The Petrels closed their fall season out on an extremely positive note with a victory in their final event of 2019. They'll return for the Savannah Invitational in early March.
First Round Recap
The Oglethorpe women's golf team enjoyed an outstanding start at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome Monday, firing a 16-over-par 304 to finish the day a stroke up on a second-place tie between Milligan and Berry at Coosa Country Club.
The Stormy Petrels carded 10 birdies on the front nine, including four in a row from freshman Sarah Hsu. The Petrel freshman was 1-under through the opening nine holes, while senior Ana Garcia was even, senior Mara Tiger was 1-over, and junior Angel Sanchez was 2-over. The team then enjoyed a solid finish on the back nine, maintaining their lead.
Hsu finished the day tied for first at even-par 72. She sits deadlocked with Spring Hill's Claire Landry and Centre's Rylee Suttor for the lead, and the trio finished the day two strokes up on a six-way tie for fourth.
Garcia and Tiger both finished the day in the tournament's top 20. Garcia came in tied for 15th, four back of the lead, with a 4-over 76. Tiger finished the day tied for 19th at 5-over 77, five strokes back.
Sanchez came in not far behind, posting a 7-over 79 to complete her round tied for 28th. Sophomore Alivia Mattiace finished tied for 51st at 12-over 84.
The Petrels also had junior Emma Meadows, sophomores Graci Hallenbeck and Jazmyne Everrett, and freshmen Kharynton Beggs and Hannah Willerson competing as individuals. Hallenbeck had the best outing among the individuals, firing an 11-over 83 and finishing the day in 46th. Beggs came in a stroke behind Hallenbeck at 84.
Oglethorpe will be back in action from Coosa Country Club at 9:50 a.m. The individuals will get their morning started at 9:10.