Season in Review: 2016-17 F&M Men’s Golf

Season in Review: 2016-17 F&M Men’s Golf

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New challengers emerged to attempt and put an end to Franklin & Marshall's unparalleled Centennial Conference (CC) dominance but were dealt the same fate as past opponents, when the Diplomats won their fourth straight CC Men's Golf Championship and eighth Crown in the previous 10 years.

F&M put together a three-round total of 893 (291-301-301) and withstood a late surge from Swarthmore, who took second at 897 (303-295-299), to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in program history. Stephen Colodny '17 further cemented the Diplomats' dynasty at the CC Championships by leading every round and ending with a 219 (72-73-74) to secure his first Individual Title, while Brad Lankler tied for second place with a 222 and Ben Mitchell '18 turned in a 226 to tie for sixth.

At the NCAA Championships, held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. from May 16-19, F&M placed 20th out of 42 competing institutions with a 621 total (313-308), missing the 18-team cut be a mere two strokes. It marked the third consecutive season the Diplomats finished in the top-20 at the Tournament.

B. Lankler threatened for an Individual National Title, setting a program and CC record for lowest tournament score at the NCAAs by six strokes when he accumulated a 291 (71-74-72-74) to finish fifth. In the process, he recorded his second straight top-10 performance at the Tournament, becoming the only CC golfer to ever do so after placing sixth a year before.

The Diplomats won a total of five tournaments throughout the year and placed in the top three in all but two of the 10 events F&M participated in. B. Lankler led the CC with a 74.4 stroke average and accumulated six top-five tournament finishes, while Colodny was third in the Conference with a 75.2 stroke average to go along with five top-five tournament finishes.

Stephen Colodny '17

- First Place at CC Championships

- CC Player of the Year

- All-Conference Team

- Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team

- All-America Scholar

Brad Lankler '17

- All-America Honorable Mention

- T-Fifth Place at NCAA Championships

- Second Place at CC Championships

- All-Conference Team

- Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team

Ben Mitchell '18 

- T-Sixth Place at CC Championships

- All-Conference Team

- Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team