Golf: Panthers slip to 10th place finish at Oglethorpe Invitational

Courtesy of LaGrange Daily News

The LaGrange College golf team fell back in the pack on the second and final day of the Oglethorpe Invitational at Royal Lakes Golf & Country Club in Flowery Branch.

After opening with a 297 to move into second place, the Panthers finished with a 312 on Tuesday to drop to 10th place in the 18-team tournament.

"We just had a bad day," LaGrange College head coach Lee Richter said. "We've got one more tournament next week up at The Cardinal (in Greensboro, N.C.), so hopefully we can go up there and play well."

The Panthers were coming off a strong sixth-place showing at the Golfweek Invitational the week before, and they kept it going in the first round at the Oglethorpe tournament.

The Panthers were unable to continue the momentum in the final round, though.

Still, Richter is proud of what the team has been able to do this fall as it has climbed to a No. 10 national ranking in NCAA Division III.

"We've had seven rounds (during the fall), and we've had six good ones," he said. "We just had a rough day today."

A bright spot was the performance of Hunter Keener, who had his best tournament of the fall.

Keener posted scores of 70 and 74 to finish fifth, six shots behind tournament winner Joe Evans of Christopher Newport.

Christopher Newport also won the team title by two strokes over Huntingdon.

The Panthers also got a strong showing out of freshman Cory Howard, who followed up his first-round 77 with a 73.

Hudson Keener, who has moved up to No. 2 in the individual rankings in Division III, shot a 73 in the first round, but he struggled to an 82 in the final round.

Freddie Wolford posted scores of 77 and 83, and Taylor Wynn had rounds of 81 and 86.