Hawks Win Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational

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By Adam Bagni

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. ---- The no. 2 ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team wins by two strokes over Methodist in the final round of the Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational at the Royal Lakes Golf Course. Freshman Jamey Lester continued to lead the Hawks, finishing tied for first with a two-under par two day total.
The Hawks came out firing a team total three-over par 287 in the final round. Huntingdon captured the win by consistently shooting the same team total each round for an overall six-over par 574. Methodist's charge fell two strokes short, finishing the tournament with a team total eight-over par 576. Costal Georgia finished the tournament third with a team total eighteen-over par 586, followed by host Oglethorpe with a twenty-three-over par 591. California Lutheran rounded out the top-five, after posting a team total twenty-four-over par 592.
Freshman Jamey Lester shared the individual championship with a final round one-over par 72, including a tournament total two-under par 140. Chase Blaich finished tied for 8th place with a two-over par 73, while posting a tournament total two-over par 144.
J.P. Kircher and Rodes Bowers each shot a two day total of three-over par 145, including a final round one-under par 70 and one-over par 72, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Huntingdon was Cates Culpepper carding a final round five-over par 76, to finish the tournament nine-over par and tied for 31st place.
Following the victory, head coach Matt Mahanic said, “This is a great way for us to end the Fall with a win.” After a strong round one performance and finishing tied for the individual championship, freshman Jamey Lester has risen Coach Mahanic's expectations, “I'm very proud of the way Jamey played, and I look forward to big things in the future from him.”
California Lutheran's Chad Gillepsie and Methodist's RobbyBruns finished tied with Huntingdon's Jamey Lester with a tournament total two-under par 140, for the individual championship.
The 1st place finish at the Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational concludes the Hawks 2010 Fall season. Huntingdon will open the spring season on Feb. 21-22nd, hosting the Wynlakes Wynter Nationals at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Ala.
FINAL RESULTS
Par-Yardage: 71-6835
Fin. School Scores
1 Huntingdon College 287 287 574 +6
t1 Jamey Lester 68 72 140 -2
t8 Chase Blaich 71 73 144 +2
t12 J.P. Kircher 75 70 145 +3
t12 Rodes Bowers 73 72 145 +3
t31 Cates Culpepper 75 76 151 +9
2 Methodist University 292 284 576 +8
3 Coastal Georgia 296 290 586 +18
4 Oglethorpe Univ. 285 306 591 +23
5 California Lutheran 298 294 592 +24
6 Greensboro College 303 290 593 +25
7 Emory University 305 294 599 +31
8 LaGrange College 293 308 601 +33
9 Birmingham Southern 311 294 605 +37
10 De Pauw University 301 307 608 +40
11 St. Olaf College 300 309 609 +41
12 Covenant College 315 307 622 +54
13 Rhodes College 311 314 625 +57
14 Millsaps College 310 321 631 +63
15 Maryville College TN 321 311 632 +64
16 Piedmont College 323 324 647 +79

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