Franklin & Marshall Finishes Third at Glenmaura National Collegiate Men's Golf Invitational

SCRANTON, PA - Franklin & Marshall College's Carson Crooms (Fr., St. Petersburg, FL/Canterbury) shot a three over par score of 74 to finish with a two-day total of 148 and place fourth to lead the Franklin & Marshall College to a third place finish at the 2004 Glenmaura National College Invitational.

The finish raises the Diplomats' stock in a bid for the NCAA Championship field as Franklin & Marshall College finished with a two day score of 618, 18 strokes better than eighth place Gettysburg College which is also contending for a berth.

Leading the charge at Glenmaura, Crooms shot a 74 on day one to finish two strokes ahead of teammate Ben Madonia (So., Clinton, NY/Clinton) who carded a pair of 75's to finish sixth with a score of 150.

Kevin Philipow (Jr., Sudbury, Ontario/Region 18) shot 158 (78-80) and Dan Eggertsson (Jr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) finished with a total of 162 (81-81) to round out the top four scores, while Nick Leigh (Sr., Innisfil, Ontario, Canada) shot 177 (90-87) to conclude F&M's competitors.

Overall, Elizabethtown's Charlie Haines earned medallist honors for shooting a 145 (73-72) while Zac Oakley of Wesley (66-79-145) and Will Holt of Susquehanna (73-73-146) finished second and third.

The Diplomats' third place finish sets up an exciting conclusion to the season for F&M as the Diplomats remain one of five teams in contention for two spots in the NCAA Championship field from the Mid-Atlantic Region. Allegheny is a near lock to make the NCAA field, while Wesley, Franklin & Marshall, Rochester, Gettysburg and Susquehanna, which won the tournament title with a total of 602, will vie for the final two spots.

If the Diplomats earn a spot, it will mark the second NCAA berth in a year for F&M head coach Glenn Robinson who guided the men's basketball team to the NCAA Elite Eight earlier this year.

Franklin & Marshall will continue the season on April 19 at home on the greens of Bent Creek Country Club to host the annual F&M Spring Men's Golf Invitational on April 19.

F&M Scores
Carson Crooms (74-74-148)
Ben Madonia (75-75-150)
Kevin Philipow (78-80-158)
Dan Eggertsson (81-81-162)
Nick Leigh (90-87-177)

Team Scores
1. Susquehanna 602
2. Wesley 609
3. F&M 618
4. McDaniel 629
5. Elizabethtown 631
6. Moravian 635
7. Muhlenberg 635
8. Gettysburg 636
9. York 638
10. Kings 648
11. Lebanon Valley 654
12. Scranton 676