No. 1 Oglethorpe overtakes No. 2 Methodist to win Emory Spring invite
ATLANTA -- No. 1 Oglethorpe came back to overtake No. 2 Methodist on the final day of the Emory Spring Invitational on Tuesday, tearing up the course at Druid Hills Golf Club for a final-round score of 284, besting the Monarchs by nine strokes on the day and seven strokes for the tournament (571-to-578).
The Petrels' final-round score not only proved to be nine strokes better than Methodist, but was also six strokes better than any other squad on the day. Huntingdon carded the second-day 290 (589 total) for a third-place finish, 18 strokes back of the Petrels. Berry (595) and Guilford (597) rounded out the top five, 24 and 26 strokes back, respectively.
This marks the Petrels' third championship and fourth victory of the spring (they won a dual match with Emory, as well as three tournaments). In addition, it marks their fifth championship and sixth victory of the academic year.
Oglethorpe sophomore Anthony Maccaglia shot up the leaderboard on the final day to claim individual medalist honors, carding a final-round 67 for a two-day total of 138. This proved good enough to pass Christopher Newport's Brian Jaeger by a single stroke for the individual championship. This is Maccaglia's second individual medal of the spring season and his fourth of the academic year.
Two more Petrels filled out the top 10. Senior Eric Quinn completed his second top-five finish in a row with a two-day total of 143 and a fifth-place finish, and junior Anthony Amodeo came back from a lackluster first round to score an impressive second-round score of 70 and garner a tie for ninth.
The two other golfers in Oglethorpe's rotation posted top-20 finishes. Freshman Braden Baer shot a consistent 147 for a 13th-place tie and junior Hayden Jones finished at 150 for a 19th-place tie.
Freshman David Kleckner and sophomore Will Morrow competed as individuals in the tournament. Kleckner posted a top-25 finish for the first time in his young career, finishing tied for 24th after shooting a two-day 151. Morrow tied for 39th after tallying a total score of 153.