Philipow Finishes Second to Lead Diplomats to Runner-Up Finish at F&M Men's Golf Spring Invitational

LANCASTER, PA - Franklin & Marshall College's Kevin Philipow (Jr., Sudbury, Ontario/Region 18) shot 76 to place second and lead the Diplomats to a runner-up finish at the 2004 F&M Men's Golf Spring Invitational hosted at Bent Creek Country Club.

The finish raises the Diplomats' stock in a bid for the NCAA Championship field as Franklin & Marshall College finished with a total of 315, 25 strokes better than 12th place Gettysburg College (350) that is also contending for a berth.

Philipow was one of three Diplomats in the top ten individual finishers as teammates Dan Eggertsson (Jr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) and Carson Crooms (Fr., St. Petersburg, FL/Canterbury) placed sixth (77) and ninth (79, respectively, as Franklin & Marshall was the only team to place three golfers in the top ten.

Facing swirling winds, Ben Madonia (So., Clinton, NY/Clinton) carded a round of 83 and Mark Quick (So., Forest Hill, MD/St. Pauls) shot 85 to round out the Diplomats "A" team. On the "B" team, Matt Oscadal (Fr., Lebanon, NH/Lebanon) shot an 84 to lead the way.

Overall, Moravian's Bryan Kurylo earned medallist honors for shooting a 73 while Philipow and Dan Pickering of The College of New Jersey finished second and third with rounds of 76.

The Diplomats' second place finish sets up an exciting conclusion to the season as Franklin & Marshall remains 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 are battling 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 23-25 at the Centennial Conference Men's Golf Championships hosted by McDaniel College at Eagles Landing Golf Course in Ocean City, Maryland.

F&M "A"
Kevin Philipow 76
Dan Eggertsson 77
Carson Crooms 79
Ben Madonia 83
Mark Quick 85

F&M "B"
Matt Oscadal 84
Nick Leigh 95
Bob Hennefer 99
Scott Morgan 99

Team Scores
1. Moravian 313
2. F&M "A" 315
3. Keystone 321
4. Elizabethtown 327
5. College of New Jersey 328
6. Washington & Jefferson 332
7. Rutgers-Camden 334
8. York 338
9. Lebanon Valley 339
10. Alvernia 339
11. Ursinus 348
12. Gettysburg 350
13. Messiah 353
14. Dickinson 355
15. Villa Julie 365
16. F&M "B" 377