ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. - Chuck Anttonen shaved a shot in each round of the 2008 Centennial Conference Golf Championships to work his way into a third place finish. His effort led the Franklin & Marshall contingent to a fourth place finish amongst the seven teams represented on the par 72, 6,713-yard Bridges Golf Course.
Anttonen wrapped up the 54-hole tournament with a 231, five strokes behind the Conference Championship score shot by McDaniel's Steve Meier. He whittled Friday's 78 into a 76-shot Sunday to finish in the Conference's top five for the second consecutive season. The junior finished in second place at the 2007 Championships, leading F&M to the team title at Pilgrim's Oak.
McDaniel College seized this year's championship from Muhlenberg, which led after each of the first two rounds. The Mules carried a four-stroke lead into Sunday, but came unraveled on the final 19. After posting a 304 and a 305, Muhlenberg turned in a 325 on Sunday falling down to second place, 17 shots off of McDaniel.
Gettysburg combined for a 312 on Sunday to F&M's 315, sneaking the Bullets into third place a single shot ahead of F&M. Two Diplomats joined Anttonen in fifth place heading into the final round, but the junior was the only F&M golfer to finish in the top ten. Joseph Fucigna rediscovered his April magic with a Sunday 76 after posting an 80 and 81 in the first and second round for a three-day total of 237, leaving him 11 shots off of the championship pace.
Steve Colalillo added 12 shots to his Saturday score to fall 12 places in the individual standings. He finished with a 240, tying him with three golfers in 17th place, including teammate, Andrew Woods. Woods carded his best round of the tournament with a 78. He posted an 81 in each of the prior rounds.