Diplomats Finish 21st at NCAA Championships
PORT ST. LUICE, Fla. - Franklin & Marshall's men's golf team shaved two shots off of their Friday round to post a 316 in the final round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. The Diplomats put up a four round total of 1,242, to finish in 21st place amongst the 36 teams that began the Championship on Wednesday. Andrew Woods was the top F&M finisher, placing 56th overall out of the 185 golfers who began the tournament.
Olafur Loftsson of Oglethorpe won the individual medal in a playoff against La Verne's Mitchell Fedorka. Fedorka had led wire-to-wire, but a hard charging Loftsson caught up with him on the final hole. The duo represented two thirds of the golfers to finish under par through 72 holes at PGA Village. La Varne's Rizal Amin took third shooting one-under for the tournament. Oglethorpe University won the national championship with a four round total of 1164. They beat La Verne by four strokes.
Opening on the back nine, Woods struggled at the outset on Saturday with three double bogeys. He got one back on the par five 17th, and closed out his tournament with a birdie on nine. Woods finished the day +13 carding a four round total of 301 strokes (+13).
Joe Fucigna turned in his second best round of the championship with a 78 on Saturday. He finished in a six-way tie for 79th place with a four round total of 311. Danny Liebowitz carded the Diplomats' best round on Saturday, finishing five strokes over par with two birdies on the afternoon to finish the championship 32 strokes above par. Liebowitz was one of the five golfers tied with Fucigna.
F&M frosh, Cameron Warner, shot 80 on Saturday to post a 320 on the championship, good for 106th place. Bryan Hartog matched his best round of the championship with a 79. He finished in 112th place.
F&M closes out a season in which the Diplomats captured six tournament titles, including a string of three straight in the fall and the Centennial Conference Championship in the spring. First-year Head Coach, Andy Tompos, was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year. Liebowitz was one of five golfers to be named to the All-Freshman Team and earned all-region honors. Woods was also named all-region.