April 29, 2007
PEACH BOTTOM, Pa. - The Franklin & Marshall men's golf team captured its second Centennial Conference golf championship, beating out the field by nine strokes by the end of Sunday. The three-round tournament was played at the par 72 Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course, measuring 6,766 yards.
The victory gave F&M its first Centennial team title since 2003, and snapped McDaniel's two-year hold on the Conference's hardware. McDaniel finished in a tie with Swarthmore for second place, each having shot a team score of 933 (+69).
The Diplomats entered the final 18 holes with a 13-stroke lead on the field and Charles Anttonen (Rumson, NJ / Rumson-Fair Haven) alone at the top of the leaderboard. He ended up in second place in the individual standings with a 54-hole total of 228 to finish the tournament 12-over par and a shot behind the individual medalist, McDaniel's Zach Lavoie.
Franklin & Marshall, McDaniel and Swarthmore each wrapped the championship with three golfers in the top ten.
Ursinus' Bo Maguire and Muhlenberg's Geoffrey Kelleman broke up the three-team stranglehold on the top ten. Maguire tied for third with McDaniel's Gerry Butler 229 (+13). Zach moody and Eric Zwick, both from Swarthmore, tied for fifth three strokes off of Lavoie's Championship score, while Kelleman took eighth for the Mules.
Franklin & Marshall's Dennis Gunderson (Duxbury, MA / Duxbury) took seventh place, four strokes off of the lead, while his teammate, Joe Fucigna (Weston, CT / Weston) finished in ninth at 18-over.
Swarthmore's David Lau and McDaniel's Steve Meier rounded out the top ten, tied for tenth place having shot a 235 (+19).
The win gives Franklin & Marshall an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship field when those proceedings get underway in Fishers, Indiana on May 15th.