JEKYLL, ISLAND, GA-Hampden-Sydney golf placed 13th overall out of 30 teams in the highly competitve Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational this past weekend. The three-round tournament featured 16 teams in the Division III Top-25 including two in the Top-10. The Tigers were the top finisher for all Virginia and ODAC teams.
As a team, the Tigers shot a 904, just one stroke behind 12th place finisher LaGrange and three strokes behind 11th place Otterbein.
Sophomore Rick O'Connell (Goochland, VA/Goochland) paced Hampden-Sydney with a 25th place finish while shooting just four over par for the three days (72, 75, 73). Junior Sean Gatz (Newport News, VA/Menchville) was seven strokes behind O'Connell, and tied for 58th place while shooting rounds of 74, 76, and 77.
Senior Ronnie Fultz (Martinsville, VA/Carlisle) tied for 64th place and finished just one stroke behind Gatz with an overall score of 228. Fultz shot a 74 and 79 in the first two rounds, and after a 43 on the first nine, he finshed his final round with a 75 while boasting a 32 score on the back nine.
Freshman Andrew Arnold (Chatham, VA/Chatham) was just one stroke behind Fultz and two behind Gatz while tying for 69th place. Arnold used rounds of 79, 75, and 75 to finish with a 229.
Freshman Trey Cully (Studley, VA/Hanover) rounded out the group with rounds of 81, 83, and 84 (248) to finish 134th overall.
Methodist University won the tournament while shooting an 858 overall - 12 strokes ahead of second place Oglethorpe (870). Emory University rounded out the top three with an 872.
Methodist's Mike Wesko was impressive, shooting rounds of 70 (-2), 71 (-1), and 68 (-4) to win medalist honors.
Anthony Maccaglia (69, 72, 69) and Eric Quinn (67, 73, 69) of Oglethorpe tied for second place, each just one total stroke behind Wesko.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action in the Camp Lejeune Invitational on March 30th in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.