NCAA Div. III Championship: Oglethorpe leads
Led by Anthony Maccaglia’s 4-under 68, Oglethorpe University jumped out to take the first-round lead at the NCAA Division III men’s golf championship on May 15.
The Stormy Petrels shot an opening-round 3-under 285 at the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. They lead second-place Claremont-Mudd Scripps by four strokes while Christopher Newport is third in the team standings after carding a 2-over 290.
Oglethorpe was the only team Tuesday to not record a double bogey or worse.
“That was one of our goals for the championship – keep the big numbers off the card,” Oglethorpe coach Jim Owen said. “These courses are very difficult and if you make it more difficult by scoring big numbers, you’re going to have problems.”
Maccaglia, who is competing in his first national championship, is tied with Claremont-Mudd Scripps’ Brad Shigezawa for the individual lead. Shigezawa racked up seven birdies during his first round.
“I got off to a slow start with a bogey at No. 1, but was able to cover it up with a lot of birdies,” Shigezawa said.
Texas-Tyler and Guilford College each shot 12-over as a team on the El Campeon Course, which played significantly tougher Tuesday. Guilford won the national title in 2005, which was the last time Mission Inn hosted the event.
Emory’s Ryan Dagerman posted an even-par 72 to lead all individuals on the El Campeon Course. Dagerman is T-9 overall.
Top-ranked Methodist sits in fourth after finishing its opening round at 3 over. A ten-time champion, including most recently in 2012, Methodist has appeared in D-III's final tournament every year since its inception in 1981.
Information from Oglethorpe athletics was used in this report