Men's golf finishes eighth after up-and-down final round at Gordin Classic

Men's golf finishes eighth after up-and-down final round at Gordin Classic

The Oglethorpe men's golf team closed out their stay at the Gordin Collegiate Classic with a 3-over-par 291 Tuesday at the Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. That performance served to move the Stormy Petrels up a spot into eighth place to close out the 54-hole tournament, putting them 34 strokes back of champion Illinois Wesleyan at 10-over 874 for the week. 

The Stormy Petrels got off to an outstanding start as they teed off on the course's 10th hole. Junior Kenny Park birdied his first three holes of the day and four of his first six, while freshman Britt Pero was 2 under through five with birdies on the 12th and 14th. Sophomore Justin Rickerson joined in with a birdie on the 10th and pars all the way through the 17th, while sophomore Isley McClure birdied his first hole of the day on the 10th, as well. Junior Anthony DeRosa added birdies on the 15th and 18th, while Pero eagled the 18th, and the Petrels made the turn with nobody worse than a stroke over par on the day.

However, none of the five Oglethorpe golfers recorded an under-par front nine of the course (back nine of the round). Park and DeRosa were both even over the nine holes, combining for three birdies, and Rickerson eagled the par-4 second, but the Petrels traded a combined 11 birdies and eagles on the course's back nine for a combined five on the front. 

Park used an excellent 1-under 71 on the day to move three spots up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth at 5-under 211. That put him just five strokes behind Illinois Wesleyan's Rob Wuethrich, the tournament's individual medalist. 

Pero and McClure both settled in the top half of the 75-man tournament field, finishing tied for 36th at 5-over 221. Pero shot 2-over 74 on Tuesday, while McClure carded 4-over 76.

DeRosa recorded his best round of the week's three on Tuesday, putting up 1-over 73 to move 11 spots up the leaderboard and finish tied for 48th at 8-over 224. Rickerson shot his best round of the week, as well, posting a 73 of his own to finish the tournament tied for 65th at 14-over 230.

The Petrels will get right back to action in a week's time, as they host the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational at the Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club in nearby Flowery Branch on Monday and Tuesday.

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe men's golf team shot an impressive 3-under-par 285 in the first round and a 10-over 298 in the second round Monday at the Gordin Collegiate Classic at Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. With the two rounds combined, the Stormy Petrels totaled 7-over 583 for the day, putting themselves in ninth place and 21 strokes back of leader Illinois Wesleyan with 18 holes to play on Tuesday.

In the opening round, junior Kenny Park shot an outstanding 5-under 67 to lead the team. Sophomore Isley McClure posted a 2-under 70, freshman Britt Pero and junior Anthony DeRosa 2-over 74, and sophomore Justin Rickerson a 3-over 75. The Petrels sat tied for second after their impressive opening 18 holes, sitting just two strokes back of leader Guilford.

Both Guilford and Oglethorpe fell back to the pack a bit in the second round, though, with the Quakers finishing the day in seventh after a 296 in the afternoon.

In that afternoon round, all but one of the five Petrels put up higher scores than they had in the morning, with Pero the lone exception after he shaved a stroke off his morning round with a 1-over 73 in the afternoon. Park joined Pero at 1-over 73, while McClure shot 3-over 75, DeRosa 5-over 77, and Rickerson 10-over 82. The Petrels dropped into the middle of the pack in the 15-team tournament, but they do sit within five strokes of sixth place and could move up the leaderboard fast with another outstanding round on Tuesday.

Park finished the day in eighth place at 4-under 140, putting him eight strokes back of the individual leader, Huntingdon's Drew Mathers. McClure finished the day tied for 28th amidst the 75-player field, while Pero wound up the day tied for 36th. DeRosa finished the day tied for 59th and Rickerson tied for 70th.

The Petrels will be back in action Tuesday morning from Columbus Country Club, where they'll tee off their final round at 10 a.m.