SANDESTIN, Fla. – Guilford College shot 286 in Tuesday’s third and final round of the Golfweek Division III Invitational and finished in fourth place among 18 distinguished teams. Oglethorpe University fired the day’s low score (284) for the third straight round and easily claimed the team title by 19 shots over second-place LaGrange College. St. John Fisher College had Tuesday’s second-low score (285) and claimed third place at 868.
Guilford’s Tanner Gross (Archdale, N.C./Homechool) and Dallas Page (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County (Averett)) both shot one-under-par 70 Tuesday on the par-71, 6,505-yard Raven Golf Club at the Sandestin Beach Resort. Gross was even through the first nine holes and wrapped birdies around a bogey holes 10-12 before parring out the remainder of his round. He paced the Quakers with a three-day 215, which ranked eighth among individuals for his third top-10 finish in as many events.
Page, fresh off a season-low 71 Monday, parred his first 12 holes, birdied 13 and parred the remaining five holes. He shot 217 (+4) for the tournament and placed 14th in the 180-man field. Page was one spot ahead of teammate Brad White, who shot 73-71-74-218 in his college golf debut and finished in a share of 19th place.
Drew Thompson saved his best for last with a 72 Tuesday, which moved him into a share of 44th place with teammate Ty Palmer (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) at 224.
Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia rallied past LaGrange’s Cory Howard with a 67 Tuesday to win medalist honors with a seven-under 206. Howard shot 72 Tuesday, his highest score in three days, and took second three strokes behind Maccaglia. Rhodes College’s Joey Mayo fired a 67 Tuesday and finished third with a 210.
The Quakers wrap up the fall season Oct. 28-29 with the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial at the Sedgefield Country Club Dye Course.