Diplomats Capture 2005 Franklin & Marshall Men's Golf Spring Invitational

LANCASTER, PA - Carson Crooms (So., St. Petersburg, FL/Canterbury) shot 74 to place fourth and lead the Franklin & Marshall College men's golf "A" team to first place at the 2005 F&M Spring Invitational at Bent Creek Country Club.

The title marks just the second F&M Invitational championship in school history as the Diplomats captured the 2001 tournament on April 9, 2001 with a combined score of 302.

In the 2005 tournament, the Diplomats shot 307 to edge out runner-up York College of Pennsylvania (310) and outdistance Moravian (318), The College of New Jersey (318), Messiah (318), F&M "B" (326), Wesley (326), Ursinus (332), Dickinson (338), Albright (339), Alvernia (340), Muhlenberg (341), Rutgers-Camden (345) and Centenary (369). A combined team of players from Elizabethtown College and Lebanon Valley College finished the tournament with a score of 318, but was not factored into the team standings.

For the Diplomats, Kevin Philipow (Sr., Sudbury, Ontario/Heritage) carded a 75 to finish sixth and Mark Quick (Jr., Forest Hill, MD/St. Pauls) shot 77 to place eighth as Franklin & Marshall was the only team to place three golfers in the top ten. Ben Madonia (Jr., Clinton, NY/Clinton) tapped in for an 81, while Matt Oscdal (So., Lebanon, NH/Lebanon) rounded out the "A" team players with an 85.

On the "B" team, Kevin Penhallagon (Fr., Glen Arm, MD/Loch Raven) shot 80, Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) carded an 81, Scott Judy (Jr., Boston, MA/International School Manila) shot 82, while Matt Dietz (So., Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) and Pat Son (So, West Pittston, PA/Wyoming) putted for scores of 83 and 84, respectively, to round out the Diplomats' competitors.

The College of New Jersey's Dan Pickering shot 70 to earn medalist honors, while Lebanon Valley's Ryan Ogurchak (71), York's Steve Krug (72) and Crooms rounded out the top four individuals.

Franklin & Marshall will continue the season on April 24 at the F&M Invitational at Heritage Hills Golf Club in York.

Team Scores
1. F&M "A" 307
2. York 310
3. Moravian 318
4. TCNJ 318
5. Messiah 318
6. F&M "B" 326
6. Wesley 326
8. Ursinus 332
9. Dickinson 338
10. Albright 339
11. Alvernia 340
12. Muhlenberg 341
13. Rutgers-Camden 345
14. Centenary 369

F&M "A" Results
4. Carson Crooms 74
6. Kevin Philipow 75
8. Mark Quick 77
24. Ben Madonia 81
47. Matt Oscadal 85

F&M "B" Results
21. Kevin Penhallagon 80
25. Dan Eggertsson 81
30. Scott Judy 82
36. Matt Dietz 83
43. Pat Son 84